Release Date: October 12, 2012 Studio: Summit Entertainment Director: Scott Derrickson Screenwriter: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nicholas King, Clare Foley, Victoria Leigh, Juliet Rylance, Michael Hall D’Addario Genre: Horror MPAA Rating: R (for disturbing violent images and some terror)
A true crime novelist struggling to find his next big story discovers a box of home videos showing other families being brutally murdered, but his investigation soon leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.
Since making Sinister on a mere $3 million budget and watching the film take $77.7 million at the worldwide box office, writer-director Scott Derrickson has been a busy guy.
He recently wrapped his book-to-film adaptation of Beware the Night and just acquired the rights to Drew Magary’s novel The Postmortal. Will that leave him time to be part of the planned Sinister sequel?
While talking to producer Jason Blum about his upcoming release Insidious: Chapter 2, he had this to say about Derrickson’s involvement in Sinister 2, which you can read after the jump…
Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, the duo behind last fall’s Sinister, are returning for Sinister 2, reports Deadline. The duo will pen the next entry for Blumhouse Productions, but it doesn’t appear Derrickson will be back to direct. Instead, he’ll co-write and also produce alongside Jason Blum.
In the first film, Ethan Hawke played a true crime novelist struggling to find his next big story who discovers a box of home videos showing other families being brutally murdered, but his investigation soon leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.
Before we cut out for the long weekend, let us bring you one more “best of 2012″ list. Today, we share with you Paul Doro’s picks. Again, another writer who has been contributing to Shock for some time and I think you’ll dig the diversity that he brings to his list. Read on! – Ryan Turek, Managing Editor
Look for a “best of 2012″ list from each of Shock’s contributing writers throughout the week!
Optimism has been renewed. Things might be looking up for horror. For the last two years or so, I always frowned at the task of creating a year-end “top 10” list. It got to a point where I felt compelled to par back and draft only a “top five.” This year, however, I break the norm and present eight films. I’m happy to say coming up with top five was all too easy and I really didn’t want to leave three titles behind, so here are my “top eight horror films of 2012.”
Over-all, the year was a mixed bag – as each year in the genre tends to be – although I’m always hopeful that we’ll soon have 12 months where the good far outweighs the bad. Speaking of “bad,” let me take a moment to fire off some of the titles that would have made a “worst of 2012” list had I created a separate article. You ready? The Devil Inside (atrocious, not to mention incomplete), House at the End of the Street (inept), The Woman in Black (generic), The Raven (predictable), Silent Hill: Revelation (boring) and Smiley (nonsensical drivel).
This year proved that the big studios still don’t know quite what to do with the genre, so we get clunky fare like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Dark Shadows, the aforementioned The Raven or The Apparition. Three of the films that made my top six this year were studio release; out of that group one was long-delayed and another was made through a smaller company yet given a wide release. This further reinforces that the studios in the Hollywood system are slightly misguided about the genre and for quality and diversity, horror fans should turn their attention towards the direct-to-DVD or VOD market.
With Sinister opening in theaters this Friday, October 12th, ShockTillYouDrop.com spoke with the film’s star, Ethan Hawke, about the film.
Hawke plays a true crime novelist struggling to find his next big story who discovers a box of home videos showing other families being brutally murdered, but his investigation soon leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.
Head inside for our video chat with the actor. Also, click here for our interview with Sinister’s writer and director!
Something evil was born when a member of the online movie criticism community and a Hollywood director collided. For once, it wasn’t some all-out argument battle on Twitter or flame war on a message board; it was actually something positive and creative (shocker!). In fact, the end result of this pairing was a feature film endeavor called Sinister, the highly recommended supernatural thriller starring Ethan Hawke (opening October 12th from Summit Entertainment).
The film is the birthchild of The Exorcism of Emily Rose’s director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, the man known as “Massawyrm,” a movie critic from Ain’t It Cool News. Under Blumhouse Productions – the company that gave us the Paranormal Activity series and Insidious – Derrickson and Cargill collaborated on this effective slice of scare cinema which concerns a writer (Hawke) who discovers a box of Super 8 film in his basement and the creepiness that ensues.
ShockTillYouDrop.com met with the duo in Austin, Texas during Fantastic Fest where we discussed the film’s origins, how Derrickson and Cargill’s creative partnership came about, their feelings on modern horror and where the look of the film’s bogeyman came from.
Sinister, the new movie from director Scott Derickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), was produced by the same people who made Paranormal Activity. It also once sported the unfortunately obvious title of “Found Footage.” Putting that aside, it’s more than just another Paranormal Activity faux-doc rip-off like we’ve seen many times these past few years, turning the similarly overused horror premise of a family experiencing strange occurrences in their new home into something that feels more cinematic and unique than other similar films.
Ethan Hawke plays true crime novelist Ellison Oswalt, who has moved his family into a new home where he plans to write a new book about the disappearance of a young girl after her entire family was murdered. What his wife (Juliet Rylance) and family don’t realize is that the house they moved into was where those horrible murders took place. Soon after moving in, Ellison finds a box in the attic containing reels of Super 8 film, each one that may hold an answer to the murders and disappearance while tying them into something much bigger.