Sinister is the latest supernatural horror-thriller from filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), which opens in theaters today (read our Sinister review).

The film stars Ethan Hawke as an ambitious true-crime novelist who moves his family to a house where the previous occupants were mysteriously murdered some nine months before, in hopes that it will inspire him to create a new book. When he discovers home footage that reveals the truth behind their deaths, it puts his loved ones on a collision course with a malicious supernatural entity.

We had a chance to sit down and talk with Hawke about Sinister. The conversation covered such topics as what drew him to the script written by C. Robert Cargill, as well as his admiration of Derrickson’s Exorcism of Emily Rose (and Laura Linney’s captivating performance therein). Hawke even chattered about his own personal recurring dreams, after Screen Rant writer Roth Cornet mentioned that Cargill said his screenplay was partially inspired by a dream (or nightmare, if you will) he once had.

Lastly, we briefly asked Hawke about Before Midnight, where he reprises his role as Jessie – opposite Julie Delpy as Celine – from the acclaimed romantic dramas Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). The actor didn’t want to reveal too much about the film, though he referred to it as “ferocious.”

Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt in ‘Sinister’

Hawke, Delpy, and Before Sunrise/Sunset cowriter-director Richard Linklater worked on Midnight in secret over the summer, though word quickly got out once principal photography had wrapped. The anticipated indie threequel does not have a release date yet, but expect that to change in the foreseeable future (we’ll also let you know when a trailer drops).

You can check out Sinister in theaters now.

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