‘Sinister’ Red Band Trailer: Home Movies Haunt Ethan Hawke

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 20th, 2012 at 3:29 am,

While¬†Paranormal Activity 4 is trying to scare audiences with its (potentially)¬†clever use of the found footage sub-genre, another horror film, Sinister, promises a return to the basics. Rather than employ gimmicks, director Scott Derrickson’s film appears to rely heavily on what most consider makes for a truly scary film: horrific imagery.

In the red band trailer for the film, viewers are treated to a better understanding of why Sinister has been counted among this year’s must-see horror flicks. However, there isn’t much in the way of exposition, so those intrigued by the footage should also check out the film’s official trailer.

In Sinister, Ethan Hawke plays a struggling writer (Ellison) who moves his family into a house with a haunted past. Like in The Amityville Horror, the house in which Ellison’s family now resides was once the site of an entire family’s grisly murder.

Upon further inspection of the house, Ellison discovers a series of home movies depicting additional grisly murders involving small families, suggesting that the original murder that drew him to the house might not have been the only one. But hidden deep within the films is something more – an evil force that begins to make its way into the real world.

The film’s conceit isn’t wholly original, but the ways in which it approaches jump scares and blending of images appears to be pretty unique. However, Sinister‘s similarities with the film V/H/S are hard to overlook, as both feature a collection of “haunted” home movies, albeit with different results.

Sinister Red Band Trailer Sinister Red Band Trailer: Home Movies Haunt Ethan Hawke

Before Sinister, director Derrickson enjoyed tremendous success with his breakout film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a film that was light on actual scares but was filled to the brim with moody atmosphere. Unfortunately, Derrickson’s follow-up to Exorcism was the critically panned remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves.

Thankfully, Derrickson has gone back to his roots – and united with Insidious producer Jason Blum – to hopefully deliver another creepy hit with Sinister. Besides Ethan Hawke and Law and Order: Criminal Intent‘s Vincent D’Onofrio, Sinister‘s cast is comprised of relative unknowns including Juliet Rylance (who plays Ellison’s wife) and James Ransome.

Sinister hits theaters on October 12th, 2012. Horror fans interested in seeing the film before anyone else can participate in the See Sinister First campaign to win a chance at an early hometown screening.

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  1. Damn, that was a creepy trailer. Looking forward to this.

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  3. i dont know if its just me but none of these horror movies look good. whats so scarey about someone in a cardboard box? I loled at that part. AHHH IM IN A BOX HELP ME!!!!

    • Yeah that part was a bit weird but not scary, but the stuff leading up to that was really creep I thought.

  4. Sorry i missed why this is red band. The f bomb in the tagline or the people getting hanged ? Very mild red band though. Looks kinda interesting but a little tired of these ghost flicks now. They all seem the same to me, 80 mins of jumps scares and a twist ending, that seems to be the formula Hollywood is sticking with these days.

  5. Found footage films just seem a bit like yesterday’s news.. They also make you wonder if the person filming the “scary” situation might have been better spending their time saving those involved instead of making sure everything was nicely composed in the frame…

  6. Those aren’t videotapes, those are 8mm film reels. And the only similarity between this movie and V/H/S is that both movies have someone finding old footage.
    Sinister appears to actually have a story, an arc that runs through the entire movie. V/H/S, while interesting to watch on a visceral level, doesn’t. It’s just a series of loosely constructed horrific vignettes.

    • the movie apears to be of the ever most popular slender man a quantum theory or mabe even a tulua effect creature that drives its prey its stalking to pure madness. the madness and psychosis only gets worse as he becomes more and more invasive in the persons life invading their home place of work and even your dreams. the worst is the police tapes from the 80′s scared me half to death.

  7. I want to watch this trailer, but I’m too scared to. Bad times.

  8. I think it looks creepy and this time the found footage is filmed by the antagonist so it’s got my attention.

  9. It looks great.

  10. Wow. Nicely scary. And cool soundtrack! Looking forward to see this at the cinema!

  11. Wow. Nicely scary. And cool soundtrack! Looking forward to see this at the cinema!