Sinister | Indy Week


Rated R 110 min. 2012

Harvested from a host of horror film cadavers, this frightener from director Scott Derrickson is engrossing, effective and just plain scary. Ellison Osborne (Ethan Hawke, top-notch), a true-crime novelist, moves his family into the site of a recent family hanging hoping to pen a return to past acclaim. When Ellison stumbles across Super-8 film capturing it and several decades of similar slaughters, it triggers a chain reaction of chills and things that go bump in the night. With a gripping opening shot that sets a paralyzing tone, Derrickson channels The Shining, The Ring, Saw, the found-footage subgenre and many other influences, but he also makes smart use of camera angles and framing to concoct scares both actual and perceived.

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Director: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Scott Derrickson

Producer: Jason Blum and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nicholas King, Clare Foley, Victoria Leigh and Michael Hall D'Addario



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