Here’s the thing about Sinister: it knows that we’re onto it. A lot of horror movies evince a certain self-awareness, but Sinister doesn’t use it to nudge us in the ribs. It uses it to scare the holy crap out of us. The big reveal (which I daren’t mention here) involves one of the oldest clichés in the genre: the kind that makes audience members say “why don’t they just…?” and destroy the whole movie in the process. Sinister has our number, and is more than happy to punch it up as often as it can. Hit the jump for my full review.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions is following the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of thought when it comes to micro-budget horror franchises. Having seen great success with the Paranormal Activity series and with the second installment of Insidious due out later this summer, a sequel to last fall’s Sinister is now in the works. Reportedly made for $3 million and bringing in around $80 million worldwide, the money is clearly behind forging ahead with establishing a third franchise. Fans of the original will be happy to hear that the creative talent behind the camera will reunite for the sequel. Hit the jump for more.
This week on Blu-ray a Best Picture favorite comes to home video, the second season of an incredibly addicting HBO series hits HD, and a classic Pixar title finally gets a Blu-ray release. Briefly:
Hit the jump for special features details on all of the aforementioned releases.
Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.
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Five, count ‘em, five new releases entered the box office race on Friday, though it looks like none of them will be able to unseat Taken 2 by the time weekend estimates are out. First on Friday was Sinister with an estimated $7.5 million from 2,527 runs. With Paranormal Activity 4 waiting in the wings, the R-rated horror movie barely registered a week ago; but with a scary-effective marketing campaign and well-attended late shows, Sinister took the lead on its first day out. By Sunday, however, Sinister should fall behind Taken 2 and Argo. The well-reviewed feature from director Ben Affleck placed third with an estimated $5.9 million from 3,232 runs on Friday and is expected to get close to $20 million by weekend’s end. Among wide releases, Here Comes the Boom had the most trouble. Opening in 3,014 locations, the comedy placed fifth with an estimated $3.6 million. The final two players in Friday’s box office crush fell below the top five. CBS Films’ Seven Psychopaths earned an estimated $1.4 million for ninth place from 1,480 locations while Atlas Shrugged: Part II, in a head-scratching 1,012 runs, failed to crack $1 million.
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Sinister is a film obsessed with the past – how we long for it, wait for it to repeat itself, become our present. The past, in the film, is a destructive force, destroying the bonds of family and driving even the ones closest to us to unspeakable acts. Ethan Hawke stars as Ellison Oswalt, a true crime writer obsessed with rekindling his career and living up to his earlier successes. His nostalgia leads him to move his clueless family into the house of a horrendous murder – all in the name of solving a crime police couldn’t years ago. Once moved in, Hawke discovers a series of ‘home movies’ chronicling a number of seemingly unrelated murders. Soon these murders come to bear an incredible toll on Hawke’s psyche and the well being of those closest to him. The past in Sinister is literally alive – and it wants to hurt you.
In the following interview with Ethan Hawke, he discusses the anti-nostalgia at the heart of Sinister and much of his own work, playing the darker shades of his character Ellison and his thoughts on film vs. theater. In addition, Hawkes talks about shooting Before Midnight and reveals that this entry will quite possibly be the last in the series. For the full interview, hit the jump.
In an attempt to creep you the fuck out before it opens in theaters October 12th, Sinister has released a host of new images, GIFs (which are always fun) and clips. The film, written and directed by The Exorcism of Emily Rose’s Scott Derrickson, centers on a family who moves into a house only to discover that its been the setting of gruesome murders of families in the past. The evidence is found via old film reels, which also house the vindictive spirit, unbeknownst to our protagonists. Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone, opens October 12th. Hit the jump to check out the new images, clips and GIFs.
Words cannot express the horrific potential this new red-band trailer for Sinister has to scare you. Unlike the first trailer for Scott Derrickson’s upcoming horror film, no one utters a word in the red-band trailer and the effect is vastly improved. After the exhausting runs of the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises, getting back to basics is a relief. While the premise for Sinister isn’t exactly original and continues to invoke the current “found footage” gimmick (though with a slightly new angle), it looks like it could be a truly scary film.
Sinister stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone and opens October 12th, but you can see it first by bringing an early screening to your hometown. Hit the jump to see the new red-band trailer.
A bit of a release date shuffle today and man are these titles hard on my lisp:
- Sinister, the horror thriller from director Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke and Juliet Rylance moves back a week from October 5th to October 12th, 2012.
- The Sessions, from director Ben Lewin and starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy moves up from October 26th to October 19th, 2012.
- The Starbuck remake by Ken Scott (the writer/director of the original 2011 film) has been bumped from September 28th of this year to March 29th, 2013. Starbuck stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.
Hit the jump for synopses and posters.
A very dark new poster for director Scott Derrickson’s (The Last Exorcism of Emily Rose) new horror film Sinister has been released. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist who moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place in an effort to discover his next big story. When he finds a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, he realizes he may have made a huge mistake by moving into the house. Early word on the film has been positive, and fans currently have the opportunity to request preview screenings in their hometown by going to SeeSinisterFirst.com.
Hit the jump to check out the rather disturbing new poster for the film designed by SA Studios. Sinister opens on October 5th.
Let’s round up some posters, shall we?
- Sinister, a horror film from writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D’Onofrio and Clare Foley, opens October 5th.
- Hotel Transylvania, featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi, opens September 28th.
- Rust and Bone, the mystery/drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) that stars Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), opens November 23rd.
- Gambit, which Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day) directs from a Coen Brothers script, stars Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Gambit opens next year.
Hit the jump to see all the posters and synopses.
Amidst horror films like The Apparition, The Possession and The Tall Man that are currently in theaters, director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) must wait until October 5th to unleash Sinister. His take on the found-footage sub-genre centers on a true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) who discovers that his new house played host to vicious murders and supernatural entities still haunt the walls. If you’d like to bring a screening of Sinister to your town before its October 5th release, check out the details here. For now, we have ten new images to share with you that should satisfy your need to be creeped the hell out.
Sinister also stars Juliet Rylance, James Ransone and Vincent D’Onofrio. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Though director Scott Derrickson’s (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) horror film Sinister doesn’t open for a couple more weeks, fans have the chance to bring a preview screening of the film to their hometown early. For those unaware, the pic stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist who moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place in an effort to discover his next big story. When he finds a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, he realizes he may have made a huge mistake by moving into the house. Derrickson’s Emily Rose was pretty great, and early word on Sinister has been promising.
The fantastic service Tugg.com, which allows film fans to bring theatrical screenings of movies new and old to their hometown theater, is sponsoring the preview screenings. Hit the jump to find out how to bring a Sinister screening to your city in advance of the film’s October 5th release.
Last month, Fantastic Fest announced the first-wave of movies included in their line-up. Today, they’ve announced Wave Two, and there’s even more greatness on the way. The big name additions are Rian Johnson‘s Looper, the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister. While these are awesome films to have in the line-up and they’ll unquestionably pack the house, Fantastic Fest is all about finding the smaller genre flicks, and there are fifteen smaller movies in addition to the three I mentioned above. Add that to that the 18 movies in the first wave, and there’s already 36 movies to discover.
Hit the jump to check out the full second wave line-up. Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.
The first trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s new horror film Sinister has been released. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist who moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place, in an effort to discover his next big story. When he finds a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, he realizes he may have made a huge mistake by moving into the house. The trailer is a bit heavy handed when it comes to exposition, as characters state flat-out what everything means (“That’s the family that used to live here!” “That symbol is obviously a pagan demon who feeds on children’s souls!”). That said, there look to be some genuinely terrifying scares and as a fan of Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose, I’m game to check out what he has in store with Sinister.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Vincent D’Onofrio and James Ransone. Sinister opens on August 24th.