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At Theaters: 10/12/2012 On Video: 2/19/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 599989
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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A writer researching the disappearance of a young girl after the grisly murder of her family discovers a cache of terrifying home movies and unwittingly opens a door into a nightmarish mystery.
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Horror Thriller - While lacking the excessive graphic gore or even language of most horror films, this is still much too scary and intense for children, especially with young children figuring into the story. This is mostly a big showcase for star Ethan Hawke, with all other actors distinctly secondary.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ethan Hawke THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH, BROOKLYN'S FINEST
Juliet Rylance ANIMAL, THE SEAGULL
Fred Dalton Thompson TV's - LAW AND ORDER
James Ransone PROM NIGHT
Clare Foley WIN WIN
Michael Hall D'Addario PEOPLE LIKE US
Wri/Dir: Scott Derrickson THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
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About The Production
The Oswalds Move In
A Haunted House
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 S-words; 1 GD;a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hangings and killings with minimal blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco and frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good It has been a long time since there has been a genuinely creepy horror movie available to audiences in search of a good Halloween scare; Sinister provides that missing October ingredient.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Sinister' is a story made of darkness: mysterious loud bangs in the attic, distant moans from the dead, vulnerable children, an egomaniac crime writer and his long-suffering wife, who is plenty fed up even before she discovers he has moved his family into the same house where horrifying murders took place.

Washington Post Full Review
Below Average Yet even by these low standards, the hero of 'Sinister' is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
>Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald (Hawke) made his reputation with a best-selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate the critical and financial success of his first book, he moves his loyal wife (Juliet Rylance), over-anxious son (Mark Hall D'Addario) and artistic daughter (Clare Foley) into a home where a suburban family was brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene.

Instead he discovers a mysterious box containing Super 8 footage of the murders—plus several more equally gruesome homicides. As he watches the carnage unfold on film, Ellison realizes he has stumbled onto evidence of a decades-long killing spree. But rather than going to the local authorities, he keeps the movies to himself, hoping to publish another acclaimed book based on the crimes.

As Ellison starts to piece together the mind-bending truth about the crimes and the murderer, unseen intruders and inexplicable goings-on disrupt his once peaceful household. Slowly, he begins to realize that his ambition has placed him and his family in the path of an ancient and bloodthirsty adversary who has marked them as his next victims.

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