Sinister (2014)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 53 mins

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True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He is trying to find out more about the crime so he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film footage he finds in the house to help in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films, but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he), and things take a turn for the worse. Will they survive?

Cast: Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Juliet Rylance

Crew: Scott Derrickson (Director), Christopher Norr (Director of Photography), Christopher Young (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 21 Mar 2014 (India)

Tagline: Once you see him, nothing can save you

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Did you know? C Robert Cargill, the writer of this film got the idea for the script from a nightmare he had after watching The Ring (2002). Read More
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as Ellison Oswalt
as Deputy
as Tracy
as Sleepy Time Boy
as BBQ Boy
as Ashley
as Lawn Girl
as Pool Party Boy
as Reporter
as Mrs Stevenson
as E M T
as Anchor
as Stephanie


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Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital
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Filmed at The Kuvykin Mansion. also filmed in the Kuvykin Mansion Good Shepard
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Sinister (Tamil)
Spoofed in: A Haunted House (English)
Spoofed in: A Haunted House 2 (English)
Reference: The Exorcist (English)
Followed by: Sinister 2 (English)
Character Error
The Deputy clearly states the street address of the Ramirez family as being on Dillington Street, but the author writes Billington on his notepad on the scene.

In a scene, when Ellison first watches the film of the family playing in the backyard, some of the clips are missing the wooden steps nailed to the opposite side of the tree.

When printing out the picture of the symbol the computer says "printing 2 items" when it was only told to print one in that scene. Also, when the printer prints the picture, only one paper comes out.
C Robert Cargill, the writer of this film got the idea for the script from a nightmare he had after watching The Ring (2002).

Ethan Hawke plays a writer, who is a real-life writer as well, He has written two novels: "The Hottest State" (1996) and "Ash Wednesday" (2002).

The snake that is seen in the movie is a Kingsnake.

Screenwriter C Robert Cargill once reportedly said that the name of Ethan Hawkes' character, Ellison Oswalt, was inspired by author Harlan Ellison and comedian Patton Oswalt.