Behold Bagul: First Trailer For 'Sinister' Starring Ethan Hawke Gets Scary

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by Ryan Gowland
June 15, 2012 10:45 AM
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Ethan Hawke sure is loving genre films lately. Outside of working on almost anything directors Richard Linklater and Antoine Fuqua do, Hawke somehow stumbled into 2005's ill-advised remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" and 2010's vampires-curing-vampirism movie "Daybreakers," and has finally made his first straight horror film (outside of 1998's "The Newton Boys" - ZING!) with the upcoming "Sinister." That's not the most impressive run in genre films ever recorded, but considering Hawke has spent most of his career doing arthouse fare since debuting in Joe Dante's "Explorers," we're considering it a trend.

Directed by "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" director Scott Derrickson, "Sinister" stars Hawke as a true-crime novelist who makes a huge mistake: moving into a house where a family was gruesomely murdered. Happens to the best of us! Once he discovers a box of old 8mm films of other murdered families in the attic, he thinks he may have found his next big story, until he soon realizes the mistake we mentioned earlier.

As for the source of all the death and destruction? A stinky, old, clown-faced Pagan entity named Bagul who lives in the photos and films that Hawke found! Ain't that a bitch! Worst thing about Bagul? Children are particularly vulnerable! Stupid Bagul!

You've got to hand it to the realtor though: convincing a family to move in to a house nine months after a whole family was brutally murdered there had to have won he/she that Cadillac El Dorado. Or at least the steak knives.

In all seriousness, "Sinister" looks like it could provide a legit scare or two -- horror films are always more effective if they're acted well -- and while "Sinister" isn't the first to sip from the "killer who lives in images" well, the concept hasn't exactly been exhausted. Film critic/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill seems to have provided a better than average script, and when "Sinister" opens on October 5th, can we ask for anything more in the season's horror fare than a potentially creepy time at the cinemas?

Just don't take Bagul back to your house!

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5 Comments

  • norm | September 19, 2012 10:35 AMReply

    Looks very lame, much like Insidious, Saw, etc...

  • Ryan | September 7, 2012 11:47 AMReply

    Ethan Hawke stars as famed author Ellison Oswald in this year's scariest movie, Sinister. Hitting our screens on Friday 5th October, here is your chance to tap into true-crime novelist's mind and life ahead of the release.

    http://ellisonoswald.tumblr.com/
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    I really recommend you guys check this out if you are either a horror fan or just fancy watching the film. It's gotten great reviews already from the early-watchers and this blog is really just the first stage of the Sinister experience. Check it out.

  • Bennington Girl | June 17, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    Bennington College!!!!

  • Mary Beth Holland | June 16, 2012 3:07 AMReply

    I saw Sinister at the sneak SXSW screening, and it was fairly terrifying. Definitely worth more than one viewing. Compelling story, subtle twists, and fine acting from Mr. Hawke. Can't wait for October 5th!

  • Christopher Gipson | June 15, 2012 11:34 AMReply

    Awww. I like Newton Boys.

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