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In Part 5 of our FilmAid broadcast, Matt Singer and C. Robert Cargill join us to discuss what it’s like to go from being a film critic to being a screenwriter. Cargill’s Sinister is out on Blu-Ray and DVD. You can find Matt Singer’s work at The Dissolve.
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The 2012 sleeper hit Sinister is officially getting a sequel, according to Deadline. Co-written by former Ain’t It Cool News writer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson, the horror film starred Ethan Hawke as a crime novelist who discovers a box of disturbing movies in his attic and is haunted by their visions.

Made for just $3 million, Sinister grossed almost $80 million worldwide, which has given producer Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions confidence to move ahead with a follow-up. Cargill and Derrickson are expected to write it but a new director will be hired. Sinister 2 would be mark a third small-budget franchise from Blumhouse, which is also behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious. (Though it isn’t in the micro-budget range of the PA films.) But how exactly could the Sinister franchise continue? Read More »

If today’s Sequel Bits are to be believed, we’ll see one sequel earlier than expected, never see another and have begun thinking about a hypothetical one. After the jump, read all about the following:

  • Terminator 5 might be dead, and its ambitious story could be why.
  • Scary Movie 5 moves its release date, creating a curious horror competition.
  • Read about the sequel that was written for David Bruckner’s The Signal.
  • See some new set photos from the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Hugo Weaving says Peter Jackson hasn’t filmed the finale of The Hobbit yet, and he has yet to be contacted about Transformers 4.
  • Is it possible to make a Sinister 2?

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It’s strange to have a very recognizable actor in a found-footage movie, because the whole “realism” concept of found footage relies upon our ability to relate to the normalcy that is eventually shattered by whatever weird entities beset the characters. But I’ve been hearing great things about Sinister, which stars Ethan Hawke as a guy whose discovery of old reels of film in his house leads to some horrible encounters.

And I think this new red-band trailer for the film is excellent. It features almost no dialogue, working instead off image and sound. It is red-band thanks to some partial nudity, expletive-laden pullquotes, and a generally intense tone, and I’d say that just about everyone should check it out. Those who’ve seen the film tell me this is a bit spoilery, and while it probably does show a lot, I didn’t feel as if I’d seen too much. Use your own judgement there. Read More »

When you realize so little new blood gets into a genre that’s based on blood, it’s actually kind of sad. Almost every horror movie released on a massive scale is a sequel, remake or PG-13 money grab. Original ideas are hard to come by, but one that’s coming soon is Sinister. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Ethan Hawke as “a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.”

Sinister has some great buzz growing from the festival circuit and opens October 5. However the gang at Tugg.com is hosting a bevy of early, free screenings in cities across the country. After the jump, check out the new poster for the film and find out how you can see Sinister first. Read More »

We tend to love Fantastic Fest, because it is the film festival that caters to audiences who like movies that are weird, strange, and totally fucked-up, but with a quality that puts the films in a rare category that isn’t just simple schlock or exploitation. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, and a whole bunch of great films have been added to the lineup.

After the break you’ll find info on the great second wave of announcements, which includes Rian Johnson’s Looper, the anthology horror movie The ABCs of Death, and The American Scream, which is the new effort from Best Worst Movie director Michael Paul Stephenson. Then there is Leos Carax’s head-scratcher Holy Motors, which is one of the films I can’t wait to see, and Doomsday Book, the anthology from South Korea that includes new work from Kim Jee-woon. Read More »

On the surface level, Sinister doesn’t sound so different from a million other haunted house films. Ethan Hawke stars as a writer who moves his family into a new home, in which the previous occupants were brutally murdered. When he stumbles upon a box of home movies in the attic, he begins to make some even more horrifying connections.

But when it comes to movies like these, it’s the execution that really counts, and based on the reviews we’ve read out of SXSW it sounds like Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and first-time screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm) know exactly what they’re doing. A new trailer has just hit the web, and it looks pretty damn spooky. Watch it after the jump.

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Summit today dropped a bunch of high-res images from the studio’s slate for much of 2012. We’ve seen images from a few of these films — Gone, with Amanda Seyfried, the (sorta) zombie rom-com Warm Bodies with Nicholas Hoult, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman — but here are a few new stills. There are also shots from Man on a Ledge (for which we’ve seen a trailer and is already screening — it’s a solid little b-movie) and some debut shots from the Ethan Hawke thriller Sinister. Read More »

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