Washed-up true crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies in his new home that suggest the murder that he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

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Scott Derrickson
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Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... Ellison Oswalt
Juliet Rylance ... Tracy
Fred Thompson ... Sheriff (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
James Ransone ... Deputy
Michael Hall D'Addario ... Trevor
Clare Foley ... Ashley
Rob Riley Rob Riley ... E.M.T.
Tavis Smiley ... Anchor
Janet Zappala Janet Zappala ... Reporter
Victoria Leigh ... Stephanie
Cameron Ocasio ... BBQ Boy
Ethan Haberfield Ethan Haberfield ... Pool Party Boy
Danielle Kotch ... Lawn Girl
Blake Mizrahi ... Sleepy Time Boy
Nicholas King ... Bughuul / Mr. Boogie (as Nick King)
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Crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime in hopes of writing a book about it. Oswalt examines video footage that he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon discovers more than he bargained for. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Once you see him, nothing can save you. See more »


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Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror | See all certifications »

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(at around 42 mins) The snake that is seen in the movie is a King snake. You can identify him as the non-venomous snake by doing the rhyme, "Red on yellow, dangerous fellow. Red on black, friend of Jack." See more »

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Ellison writes two sticky notes & pastes them to a photography of his attic. One of the notes says, "Box of films, how did it get there" (in his handwriting), and the other is a picture he drew of a box. When he looks at the photo and 2 sticky notes later on, the handwriting on note #1 is different, and the hand-drawn box on note #2 is also different. See more »

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[first lines]
Tracy: Just one box?
Ellison Oswalt: It's for my office. It's fragile.
Tracy: Sissy.
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Silence Teaches You How to Sing
Written by Kristoffer Rygg, Joern Henrik Sværen, Tore Ylvisaker
Performed by Ulver
Courtesy of Jester Records, Oslo, Norway
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Sinister is very scary! I can't sleep now!
31 March 2013 | by nikdo77See all my reviews

Turn of your lights. Turn up your volume. Close all your curtains. And enjoy that you can't sleep that night. Sinister is a great movie. Take a blanket and when it is scary put it over your eyes :-) I don't want to tell anything about this horror movie because anything you tell will spoil the fun, you should not know anything about the story in advance I think to keep the excitement 100%. I have read some reviews and I have to say it contains too much information however they don't contain spoilers I would suggest not to read them :-) The acting was great and I really loved the horror scenes, they were amazing. Have a great horror night!


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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,007,634, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$48,086,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,515,113
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