|Rating: 6.8/10 (133,210 votes)
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writer: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone
Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Released: 12 Oct 2012
|Plot: Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.|
The film opens with Super 8 footage depicting a family of four standing beneath a tree with hoods over their heads and nooses around their necks. An unseen figure saws through a branch acting as a counterweight, causing their deaths by hanging.
Months later, true crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves into the murdered family’s home with his wife, Tracy (Juliet Rylance), and their two children, 7-year-old Ashley (Clare Foley), an artist who is allowed to paint on her walls, and 12-year-old Trevor (Michael Hall D’Addario), who begins re-experiencing bizarre night terrors upon moving into their new home. Only Ellison is aware that the house they are moving into was the crime scene from the opening scene. Ellison intends to use the case of the murdered family as the basis for his new book, and hopes that his research will reveal the fate of the Stevenson family’s fifth member, a 10-year-old girl named Stephanie who disappeared following the murders.