Sinister: Latest from Producers of Paranormal Activity & Insidious

(Still of Ethan Hawke & Bagul from Sinister)

One of the many trailers to debut this past week has me very excited for the fall season.  Fall just screams horror movies to me most likely because of the ominous yet beautiful colors resulting from a change in climate (at least here in upstate New York).  The sense of the leaves on trees dying turning from a lush green to tattered reds, oranges, and yellows is essentially a perfect atmosphere to curl up on the couch and enjoy a good slasher film or spooky movie.

Some of my favorites horror movies of the past five years include (but are not limited to) Paranormal Activity and Insidious.  These two have been under a lot of scrutiny, being accused of being not original and just rip offs of classics such as Poltergeist, The Blair Witch Project, and more but I never understood that.  Of course horror movies borrow from something that came before it there is no avoiding that but these two movies I found to have something unique at the same time.

So when news broke about the producers of these two movies have another project, Sinister, set to be released in early October this year I could immediately feel the hair on my arms rise with chills before even watching the trailer.  A short synopsis of the plot from is as follows:  “Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity of pagan myth known as Bagul.”   And the trailer does not disappoint:

This movie gives me the same creepy vibes as the Insidious trailer when if first saw it so naturally my expectations are already high.  The demon in the videos Ethan Hawke’s character is watching is very reminiscent of the spirit that kept appearing in photos of Patrick Wilson’s character in Insidious.  There is something that people will say has already been done, personally I do not care so long as demon appears creatively which is what the trailer suggests and works in with the story.

I have never heard of a Bagul before or even if it is a real story but all I know is that this one is rated R.  Insidious was hands down one of the scariest PG-13 movies I have ever seen so I am anxious to see what and R rated non-found footage movie from these producers will be like.  Hopefully better than Chernobyl Diaries.  What are your thoughts?

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  1. #1 by sanclementejedi on June 21, 2012 - 2:48 PM

    For some reason this reminded me of one of my favorite video games Alan Wake. I hope this turns out well and it looks like it is going to be released at the right time just before Halloween.

    • #2 by rochpikey on June 25, 2012 - 9:14 PM

      Yeah man this bagul thing definitely rekindles a lot of things from the past and I mean that in a good way. I have confidence that Ethan Hawke would pick a good script considering he doesn’t normally do horror movies which means this must have seemed like something special to him. And yeah a horror movie scheduled to be released around Halloween is always exiciting. Thanks for commenting and I apologize for not responding sooner!!!

  2. #3 by Jason on September 20, 2012 - 6:34 AM

    Bagul is a continuation of Abyzou. The two domains desire young children. One is a consumer of children. The other is a taker of children. Sinister will be a good horror movie. Thanks for a good preview.

    • #4 by rochpikey on September 20, 2012 - 12:59 PM

      Oh interesting. Thanks for commenting and the info. I posted this months ago and started to think I was never going to get an answer about exactly it is. Thanks again!

      • #5 by Jason on September 30, 2012 - 2:40 PM

        Sure, no problem. You should begin to receive comments as soon as the movie is released – maybe a week before the release next month. Demons are possible right now. I meant to write demons rather than “domains”.

        Bagul is a fictional Pagan deity who is viewed as the consumer of children. He is considered a demon spirit living inside paintings and film..The demons in exorcism movies such as The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism, and The Rite are real demons.

        Thanks for the post. Good work!

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