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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Early Buzz About Sinister Out of SXSW

Ryan Turek
March, 11, 2012

Last night, Scott (Exorcism of Emily Rose) Derrickson'sSinister crept up on a SXSW audience for a secret screening well ahead of its October 5th release date.  You'll recall, the film was due out this summer before it grabbed a perhaps more apropos pre-Halloween debut.
Starring Ethan Hawke, and produced by Jason Blum (Insidious), the film concerns a true crime novelist struggling to find his next big story who discovers a box of home videos showing other families being brutally murdered, but his investigation soon leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm's way.
After the jump, we've gathered up some of the early buzz that hit Twitter after the screening.
  • Scott Weinberg (FEARnet): "Sinister went over really well. An actually clever deviation on haunted house movies. Will make some noise in October."
  • Peter Hall ( "Sinister is white knuckle terror."
  • Erik Childress ( "Scott Derrickson's Sinister didn't anger me. So I guess that's a step up from his previous two films."
  • Brian Kelley ( "Sinister starts w/ an unforgettably haunting image & ramps up the tension to near unbearable levels. It's original & terrifying."
  • Eric D. Snider (Critic): "Sinister ... retards my sleep forever."
  • Allistair Pinsof (Critic): "Sinister is like art house 70s horror (Argento, Roeg) brought to life with the energy and jump scares of Insidious. Incredible performances."
  • Jeremy Kirk (Film School Rejects): "Unnerving, hard, unconventional horror works best at midnight."
Not too shabby.  Now, you have to wait until October to see it...


  1. Let's just hope for a WIDE release...

    1. Yeah I cross my fingers as well.

      P.S: very cool to add the twitter comments/critic to the article.

    2. All very good reviews that I've read so far. Let's hope for a block buster!