FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.
In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee revisit the director Scott Derrickson's modern horror classic SINISTER starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Fred Dalton Thompson, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn't had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims' home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
> Writer C. Robert Cargill got the idea for the script from a nightmare he had after watching THE RING.
> The scenes showing the super-8 home videos were filmed on a real super-8 film camera to capture the grainy, nostalgic effect of old movies, according to C. Robert Cargill.
> In the scenes where a scorpion and snake are shown in the attic, these are two of Buguul's forms, as depicted in the ancient drawings given to Ellison by Professor Jonas (Vincent D’Onofrio) in the movie.
> The name 'Bughuul' translates back to 'Boogeyman'.
> According to director C. Robert Cargill, Bughuul "Mr. Boogie" was originally intended to look more like Willy Wonka (the version played by Johnny Depp). After going over this idea, it was decided that the deity looking like Willy Wonka would be "too silly for the film and not scary or mysterious enough". Finally a photo was found on Google Images that Cargill bought the rights to, and this was the basis for the final Bughuul as seen in the finished film.
> The 'Pool Party '66' snuff film in Sinister was extremely difficult to film according to C. Robert Cargill. The actors/actresses who played the doomed family were tied down to lawn chairs and pulled underwater in reality, and the filmmakers had to be extremely careful that nobody was harmed while filming the scene took place. Further complications occurred while filming the killer underwater; Nicholas King (Bughuul) had to wear weights and stay underwater for several seconds while he was filmed. Since the scene was filmed entirely on super 8 film, care had to be taken to ensure that the camera was properly rolling and that the cartridge and light meter were working, otherwise the scene would have to be re-shot numerous times.
> Ethan Hawke had never seen the super 8 snuff films prior to filming his scenes in SINISTER. When the scene where his character watches the snuff films was ready to be recorded, the soundtrack was matched up with the films and Hawke played out his role. His reactions to the films were real.
> Ethan Hawke's character got his name (Ellison Oswalt) from writer Harlan Ellison and comedian/writer Patton Oswalt. Cargill keeps books by both men on his shelves.
> Angela Bettis (MAY, CARRIE, THE WOMAN) shot scenes as Ellison’s neighbor, but was deleted from the final cut.
> All of the above USELESS KNOWLEDGE was provided by IMDB.