Ethan Hawke stars in SINISTER. Photo: Phil Caruso © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Rated: R for disturbing violent images and some terror.
Once you seem him, nothing can save you.
SINISTER is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films and the writer-director of THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.
A writer researching the disappearance of a young girl after the grisly murder of her family discovers a cache of terrifying home movies and unwittingly opens a door into a nightmarish mystery in Sinister, the latest horror thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-- director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. A sensation at SXSW's Super Secret Midnight Screening, Sinister stars Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Daybreakers) in an intense, harrowing and shockingly original tale.
Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald (Hawke) made his reputation with a best--selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate the critical and financial success of his first book, he moves his loyal wife (Juliet Rylance), over--anxious son (Mark Hall D'Addario) and artistic daughter (Clare Foley) into a home where a suburban family was brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene.
Instead he discovers a mysterious box containing Super 8 footage of the murders--plus several more equally gruesome homicides. As he watches the carnage unfold on film, Ellison realizes he has stumbled onto evidence of a decades--long killing spree. But rather than going to the local authorities, he keeps the movies to himself, hoping to publish another acclaimed book based on the crimes.
As Ellison starts to piece together the mind--bending truth about the crimes and the murderer, unseen intruders and inexplicable goings--on disrupt his once peaceful household. Slowly, he begins to realize that his ambition has placed him and his family in the path of an ancient and bloodthirsty adversary who has marked them as his next victims.
Sinister stars Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Daybreakers), Juliet Rylance (Animal), Fred Dalton Thomas (In the Line of Fire, "Law and Order"), James Ransone ("The Wire," The Next Three Days), Vincent D'Onofrio ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent," Full Metal Jacket), Michael Hall D'Addario (People Like Us) and Clare Foley (Win Win).
The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still) from a script by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (Ain't It Cool News). It is produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Lawless) and Brian Kavanaugh--Jones (Insidious, Safe). Director of photography is Chris Norr (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, What Doesn't Kill You). Editor is Frédéric Thoraval (Taken, Safe). Original music is by Christopher Young (The Uninvited, Priest). Production designer is David Brisbin (New Moon, The Day the Earth Stood Still). Costume designer is Abby O'Sullivan (Hellbenders, Frozen River). Charles Layton (Vampire Killers) is executive producer.