Today's Hot Red Band Trailer: Sinister Starring Ethan Hawke [Video]
09.19.12 by Ryan
Another reason to avoid watching people's home videos.
Ethan Hawke isn't an actor known for horror movies and, in fact, the upcoming Sinister is his first. In August, Hawke admitted to MTV that "for years I never wanted to make one of these movies" but was convinced to do so die to the participation of director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). "I met him and it was kind of obvious to me that he was a real filmmaker and he knew how to do it and he wanted somebody to give a performance in his film and I wanted to do that."
So far, it looks like critics agree, as various critical responses are filtered throughout the movie's red band trailer, released by Yahoo!. Hawke stars as a true-crime novelist who moves his family into a house where previously a family was gruesomely murdered by a supernatural creature called Bagul. Worse yet, Bagul exists within the photos and home-made films Hawke discovers and watches. Outside of some grisly and creepy images, the trailer isn't filled with much gore, but, be warned, it's still NSFW.
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While the trailer doesn't go into the movie's story with much detail, Hawke claims that Sinister is more than the run-of-the-mill horror movie.
The layers of it are so interesting. On one level, it's about a guy who puts his work ahead of his family; it's a simple moral tale, on that level. Then on another level, it's about the dangers of watching horror films, that somewhere inside the film itself is something dangerous to you, which is really subversive and f**ked up and interesting. I think it falls in this really interesting mix of normal activity with The Shining. It's some kind of weird found-footage movie that also is very classically built, classically told.
Sinister was written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, and Fred Dalton Thompson also star.