*this article was originally published on 06/20/2012 at stale-popcorn.com
Looks like we’re going to have something to actually look forward to this Halloween. Ethan Hawke stars as Ellison, a true crime author who inadvertently unleashes a malevolent spirit in the aptly titled Sinister.
The film is written and directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). While I’m not really a fan of the whole found footage trend in horror (yes, I know Paranormal Activity is considered to be really innovative, but am I wrong in thinking The Blair Witch Project sort of did the same thing over ten years ago?), I am kind of excited about this one. Like Insidious, Sinister looks like it could be a really great, genuinely creepy ghost (or demon) story. And, unlike Paranormal Activity, while Sinister does utilize found footage as a technique, audiences won’t have to sit through an entire ninety minutes of shaky home video.
Vincent D’Onofrio co-stars as Professor Jonas, so we’ll also have the benefit of a talented cast — not to mention the fact that Hawke isn’t exactly terrible to look at for an hour and a half (definitely remember him from my days of cutting out Bop magazine photos).
Let’s just hope Sinister won’t have to share the box office with any of those ridiculous “based on a true story” possession films. I know I can’t be the only one who’s beyond over them.
Sinister hits theaters October 5th.