Ethan Hawke Watches Creepy Movies in the ‘Sinister’ Trailer

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Following an overabundance of found-footage horror films flooding theaters over the past few years, recent scary movies have attempted to find clever variations on the sub-genre. Those approaches include: merely aping the look of a faux documentary (Chernobyl Diaries), incorporating more straight sci-fi elements into the mix (Area 407) – and using recovered footage of horrible events as a pivotal plot point, as is the case with the upcoming horror-thriller, Sinister.

Today, we have an official trailer from Sinister to show. The film marks the latest venture into the supernatural horror realm by writer/director Scott Derrickson, who started his career off by working on sub-par sequels like Urban Legends: Final Cut and the direct-to-video Hellraiser: Inferno. Since then, Derrickson has gone on to achieve more financial success (if limited critical success) with movies such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the Day the Earth Stood Still remake.

In addition to handling helmer duties, Derrickson co-wrote Sinister with first-timer C. Robert Cargill. The film revolves around Ellison (Ethan Hawke), a true-crime novelist who moves his wife and daughter into a home where the previous owners mysteriously died some nine months earlier (Original idea, right?). Once there, Ellison uncovers a collection of old-fashioned, home video reels which reveal the gruesome history behind how said previous tenants ended up dead. However, in doing so, Hawke’s character also inadvertently unleashes a malicious supernatural entity upon his family.

sinister ethan hawke Ethan Hawke Watches Creepy Movies in the Sinister Trailer

Ethan Hawke in 'Sinister'

Judging by the trailer, Sinister relies on several tried-and-true tropes of the horror genre (including, the young daughter who forms a “friendship” with one of the ghosts), but could serve up some effective jump scares and disturbing moments. Derrickson also appears poised to do a good job building suspense and heightening the fear factor, as Hawke’s writer slowly uncovers increasingly-terrifying details about just what exactly is this monster he’s unleashed upon his loved ones. It surely helps having someone like Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black, The Cell) as the one to deliver exposition about said ghoul.

There have been variations on the idea of a boogeyman who can enter our world through modern technology since The Ring, but for the large part such horror flicks have delivered on the promise of that concept (One Missed Call, looking at you). Sinister probably won’t renovate that premise either, but it has potential to be an overall fun and scary viewing experience, for the upcoming Halloween season.

Sinister arrives in theaters around the U.S. on October 5th, 2012.

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Source: STYD

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  1. Wow, I’m interested.

    • It definitely does look interesting.

  2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was surprisingly interesting with a cast of genuine actors. Hope to see that Sinister is equally as entertaining.

  3. I’m interested…if only because it has Det. Bobby Goren…

  4. Looks interesting, but it seems like they showed way too much in the trailer.

  5. Because I just can’t help myself and I watch a lot of horror movies I’ll give this a go.
    But not in the theater. It’s been talked about a bunch here and I agree that lately watching a horror film in the theater isn’t fun anymore. More than any other gener crowds watching horror films just refuse to STFU…
    So one night when this hits Blu-ray I’ll turn off all the lights and hopefully get a good scare. This definately looks better than House At The End Of The Street. But then again that has Jennifer Lawerence running around in a tank top. ;)

  6. Somebody call a ‘Code: Brown’ cause I need to change my shorts!

  7. holy crap this movie looks like something that i would watch, sinister seems very sinister indeed. i like the fact that there is a supernatural deity, that can travel through time through images and video. it gives me the creeps, and i’m glad this isn’t real because i would have really had a code brown

  8. that sinister thing looks like a band member from slipknot XP

  9. i just returned from the movies ( viewing sinister) and i was not at all pleased with this show. i immediatly guessed the whole plot. and the ending left you empty(no happy ending). The sinister monster never even killed anybody(just stood by in the back ground), and allowed one of the family members (children)do all the dirty work. And the supposed mind control or possesion of said child was left to the imagination(when did the possesion or mind control happen, i mean at what point in the movie) THIS MOVIE WAS STUPID, NOT SCARY a simple waste of money.

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