Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

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Film Cast:

  • Ellison Oswalt: Ethan Hawke
  • Tracy Oswalt: Juliet Rylance
  • Professor Jonas: Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Deputy: James Ransone
  • Sheriff: Fred Dalton Thompson
  • Ashley Oswalt: Clare Foley
  • Trevor Oswalt: Michael Hall D’Addario
  • Stephanie Stevenson: Victoria Leigh
  • Christopher Miller: Blake Mizrahi
  • BBQ Son / Killer: Cameron Ocasio
  • Lawn Girl: Danielle Kotch
  • Pool Party Boy: Ethan Haberfield
  • Bughuul / Mr. Boogie: Nicholas King
  • Anchor: Tavis Smiley
  • Mrs. Stevenson (uncredited): Rachel Konstantin

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Christopher Norr
  • Stunt Coordinator: Manny Siverio
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Diane Macke
  • Production Design: David Brisbin
  • Casting: Sheila Jaffe
  • Original Music Composer: Christopher Young
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Dane A. Davis
  • Still Photographer: Phillip V. Caruso
  • Stunt Double: Jasi Cotton Lanier
  • Thanks: Michael Roban
  • Executive Producer: Scott Derrickson
  • Thanks: Stuart Ford
  • Hair Department Head: Terry Robbins
  • Editor: Frédéric Thoraval
  • ADR Mixer: Mark DeSimone
  • Producer: Jason Blum
  • Production Assistant: Natalie Jones
  • Thanks: Cornel West
  • Sound Effects Editor: David A. Whittaker
  • Screenplay: C. Robert Cargill
  • Thanks: Dror Mohar
  • Stunts: Mark Stefanich
  • Executive Producer: Charles Layton
  • Producer: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
  • Property Master: Thomas Spence
  • Assistant Art Director: Carmen Cárdenas
  • Art Direction: John El Manahi
  • Stunt Double: Aaron Vexler
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Jason Milani
  • Thanks: Jonathan Deckter
  • Stunts: Devin Sanchez
  • Costume Design: Abby O’Sullivan
  • Thanks: Tavis Smiley
  • Casting: Ruth Salen
  • Makeup Department Head: Arielle Toelke
  • Title Designer: Aaron Becker
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Matthew Iadarola
  • Stunt Coordinator: Trampas Thompson
  • Stunts: Tanner Gill
  • Stunt Double: Emily Brobst
  • Visual Effects Producer: Tim Jacobsen
  • CG Supervisor: Matt von Brock
  • Stunts: Stanton Barrett
  • Construction Coordinator: Richard Hebrank
  • Script Supervisor: Olenka Denysenko
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Paul Hackner
  • Stunt Coordinator: Rob King
  • Costume Supervisor: Shawnique Hill
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Björn Rehbein
  • Key Carpenter: Peter Bundrick
  • Script Supervisor: Stacy Rowe
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jason Piccioni
  • Music Editor: Thomas Milano
  • Foley Artist: Alex Ullrich
  • Camera Operator: Scott Maguire
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Nina Kuhn
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: David Altenau
  • Still Photographer: Daniel C. McFadden
  • Foley Mixer: John Sanacore
  • Thanks: Angie Conners
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Jeremy Launais
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Christine Dougherty
  • Hair Department Head: Satoko Ichinose
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Jacqueline Canto
  • Casting Associate: Susan Paley Abramson
  • Camera Operator: Jack Donnelly
  • ADR Mixer: Beauxregard Neylon
  • Property Master: Omar Vaid
  • Hairstylist: Sarah Hindsgaul
  • ADR Recordist: Ric Schnupp
  • First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
  • Transportation Coordinator: Herb Lieberz
  • First Assistant Camera: Will Dearborn
  • Stunts: Scott Burik
  • Stunts: Shawnna Thibodeau
  • Steadicam Operator: George Bianchini
  • First Assistant Editor: Sarah C. Reeves
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Gina Ruiz
  • Key Grip: Alex Klabukov
  • Stunts: Chris Colombo
  • Key Hair Stylist: Liliana Meyrick
  • Stunts: Heidi Burger
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Daniel Feighery
  • Generator Operator: Blaise Miller
  • Key Makeup Artist: Lauzanne Nel
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Ryan Senecal
  • Production Assistant: Anthony Rigual
  • Animal Wrangler: Steve Berens
  • Driver: James Messersmith
  • Key Grip: Brent Poleski
  • Sound Mixer: Jack Hutson
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Tony Dustin
  • Location Manager: Michael Nickodem
  • Electrician: Sean Feehan
  • Hairstylist: Sonia Castleberry
  • Makeup Department Head: Karma Karel
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Stacy St. Onge
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Rich Krusell
  • Assistant Property Master: Charles J. Coleman
  • Leadman: Phil Beck III
  • Leadman: Andrew Settle
  • Set Dresser: Chris Leuzzi
  • Set Dresser: Mike Spence
  • Set Dresser: Roddy Cruz
  • Set Dresser: Doug Devine
  • Set Dresser: Justin Price
  • Boom Operator: Thomas W. Jordan
  • Sound Designer: Marc Aramian
  • Visual Effects Editor: Adrian Colbert
  • Visual Effects Editor: Ryan Felix
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Phillip Beck
  • Camera Supervisor: Matthew Tibbenham
  • Best Boy Electric: Daniel James McCabe
  • Camera Intern: Jenna Bush
  • Dolly Grip: Randolph Carty
  • Electrician: Craig Addonizio
  • Electrician: Carl Casano
  • Casting Assistant: Alexandra Franklin
  • Extras Casting: Lee Genick
  • Extras Casting: Ronen Gevint
  • Extras Casting: Joseph Hicks
  • Costume Supervisor: Jessica Wenger
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Tyler Fagerstrom
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Steve Rodriguez
  • Digital Intermediate Editor: David E. Schneider
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Reggie Diaz
  • Epk Producer: Richard Green
  • Stunt Double: Katie Letien
  • Stunts: Michael R. King
  • Set Medic: Deborah Blake
  • Thanks: Miguel Palos
  • Stunts: Szilvia Gogh
  • Second Assistant Director: Nicholas R. Bell
  • Set Production Assistant: Blaine Chou
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Adam Bernard
  • Stunts: Chris J. King
  • Thanks: Diego Fernando Coronel
  • Thanks: Alex Demetriades
  • Thanks: W.B. Kirby Hill
  • Thanks: Sammy Janowitz
  • Thanks: Stephen Kempser
  • Thanks: Richard Kuhnla
  • Thanks: Julie Mandelbaum
  • Thanks: Frank Prugo
  • Thanks: Lauren Valenti
  • Thanks: Bonnie Voland
  • Thanks: Rebecca Weis
  • Transportation Captain: J. Tom Jones
  • Driver: Scott Lieberz
  • Driver: Austin Nisar
  • Driver: Gary O’Connell
  • Driver: Harry Ycaza
  • Production Assistant: Brian Wiggins
  • Production Assistant: Stephen Belmont
  • Production Assistant: Shatirah Rolle
  • Production Assistant: Mike Mitchell
  • Set Production Assistant: Timothy LaFleur
  • Set Production Assistant: Matt Hill
  • Production Assistant: Parker Haynes
  • Production Assistant: Alyssa Fannick
  • Key Set Production Assistant: George Brassey
  • Set Medic: Mitchell Berkowitz
  • Set Medic: Cathy Heskin

Movie Reviews:

  • SheBlogger: Sinister (A Horror Movie): From a Commoner’s View

    NO SPOILERS – SheBlogger hates spoilers 🙂

    Okay…so here’s another horror movie review from the girl who is yet to be scared with scenes shot in the dark, gory murders and startling sound effects.

    HeBlogger and I went to the mall last Sunday to watch a different movie. We thought Tiktik, which is a Filipino horror movie, was already showing. Apparently, it is not scheduled until next week. Then we saw Sinister’s poster, which said, “from the producer of Paranormal and Insidious”. We have seen both movies and we both didn’t like Paranormal but both enjoyed Insidious. So we said, okay…let’s watch this instead.

    Didn’t know anything about this movie Sinister so as we walked inside the empty movie house, I wondered which one is it going to be like. Is it going to be a homemade movie about paranormal activities with three different endings? Oh please…I fervently hope not! I crossed my fingers because I noticed there were rolls of super 8 films on the poster. Or is it going to be about demons capturing souls and possessing the physical body with a non-happy ending? Or is it going to be a totally different story? I hoped it would be.

    We were the first two of the five people who came to watch this movie. The others were a group of three teenage girls, who surprisingly didn’t scream or shout at all, throughout the screening. What a joy to be watching in silence and absolute peace!

    Okay, on to the movie review…

    The movie opens with a scene shot like a home video, so I go like, uh-oh… But don’t be disheartened. It’s nothing like Paranormal and deeper into the story, you’d see that it is more like Insidious. That much I would tell you.

    The story is about a real crime stories writer, played by Ethan Hawke (the only actor I know in the movie), who moved his entire family to a house where a family was hung to death in the backyard tree and their little girl still missing. In the course of his research and with the help of rolls of seemingly innocent and happy family home videos that mysteriously appeared in the attic, he discovers more brutal murders of different families in different houses. So there’s the question… Are these murders in any way related, considering there’s always a little child missing?

    I must say that I find the premise of the story original. Well, at least for me. So I give it 4.5 gems for Story and Originality…

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  • John Chard: Bughuul the Bastard!

    After moving himself and his family into a new house that was the scene of a horrendous crime, true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) finds a box of 8mm “snuff” films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates some way back still further…

    It is becoming the un-reviewable genre, horror that is, there are just too many splinters of horror to choose from and so many people to cater for. There are many who stand up and proudly proclaim that they will watch any horror film and view it on its own terms, yet in this new millennium age that doesn’t appear to be the case. I know I’m at fault, I hate torture porn and excessive grue type films, they just bore me, so can I review Hostel 9, Saw 27 and Wrong Turn 12 fairly? No, I don’t think I can. I mean the human body can only be sliced up in so many different ways, right? Right? Vice Versa, can someone who loves Argento, Roth and the like, review fairly a boo-jump ghost story that caters for those who want to wet themselves when something jumps out of a cupboard? I really don’t think so, but I digress…

    Sinister is a wonderfully creepy movie that deals firmly in the realm of demons who come into the real world to cause unmitigating terror and heartbreak. It has no “axe” to grind with the blood thirsty who want to see arteries sliced and diced, it just wants to put a protagonist front and centre as he gets in way above his head, have his family come under serious threat; especially the child (oh my, the children…), and throw in the odd “boo-jump” moment to keep the pant wetters happy. The video footage used to show us the previous crimes unnerves greatly and there’s a strong mystery element to keep the intrigue level high, whilst the ending doesn’t cop out in the slightest. Hawke is excellent, perfectly portraying a man horrified yet submerged by the need to unravel the story, but his turn is sadly balanced by Juliet Rylance as the wife who seems unable to generate believable emotion.

    This film really isn’t for any horror fan who isn’t into the “demon in the real world” type horror; like Insidious for example. While those who like this splinter of horror and still decry it brings nothing new to the table, I’ll ask again, well what would you like to see brought to the table then? I love this sub-genre of horror, and I feel Sinister is one of the best films of its type in recent years. Its reputation amongst like minded adults is well founded…just don’t watch the trailer first, mind! 8/10

  • Gimly: Hits an absurdly high number of horror clichés, but manages to do it in a pretty successful manner. Features many more laugh out moments than you might expect from a horror of this type. Not sure if that’s a pro or a con.

    _Final rating:★★★ – I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._

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