Sinister is a horror film that flips the idea of “Found Footage” on it’s head by making the film about a journalist who moves into a home only to find video footage that may lead to catching a killer.
I’ll admit I’m sorta intrigued by Sinister. Ellison is a journalist who follows a very familiar pattern for those who love horror. He moves into a house where a family was once killed. This is pretty standard fare thus far. But he finds some video footage in the house that leads to clues about the murders.
Not much else is known, but a smart filmmaker could actually make this pretty cool.
Scott Derrickson cowrote and directed Sinister. He worked with C. Robert Cargill on the script, though Cargill has a lot less experience. Derrickson directed The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, so he’s made some decently successful films.
Sinister Release Date
October 5, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Ethan Hawke … Ellison
Vincent D’Onofrio … Professor Jonas
James Ransone … Deputy
Fred Dalton Thompson … Sheriff
Clare Foley … Ashley
Michael Hall D’Addario … Trevor
Juliet Rylance … Tracy
Cameron Ocasio … BBQ Son
Victoria Leigh … Stephanie
Blake Mizrahi … Christopher Miller/sleepytime son
Danielle Kotch … Lawn Girl
Rachel Konstantin … Mrs. Stevenson
Ethan Haberfield … Pool Boy
Nicholas King … Mr. Boogie
What’s Good About It?
It’s funny, I like Ethan Hawke, and yet the way his career has been going I’m actually a bit surprised Sinister isn’t going straight to DVD. That’s too bad, cause he has been really good on occasion. The story for Sinister looks good enough that I could see it doing fairly well, and horror tends to be cheap as hell to make, so it should be a success monetarily.
What’s Bad About It?
Too little is known about the film at present for me to make a proper judgement of it’s worth.
Our Clever Prediction
I think Sinister will do well, and I’m currently optimistic about it’s chances of being good. Fingers are crossed.