Saw It For You: Sinister (2012)

WARNING: Some of these spoilers I collected for the horror movie Sinister may spoil you… and spook you.

Sinister (2012)

Synopsis. A family moves into a house only to find it is already occupied by deviloids.

Trivia

  • Director Scott Derrickson was inspired to write Sinister after he killed his own family and blamed a ghost.
  • Ethan Hawke, who plays the film’s main character Ellison, has stated in interviews he became intrigued by the script after being made to read it “at ghostpoint.” Writer/director Derrickson remained in Hawke’s home until he had completed reading the script, menacing him with a drawing of a small ghost.
  • The original title of Sinister was I’m Innocent.
  • The title of Sinister in 2013 will be Exhibit A.

Body Count

  • Stephanie: First to uncover the identity of Bughuul, the Prime Deviloid. Stephanie learns that he can kill people via any image or visual representation of himself. Before she can tell anyone, Bughuul emerges from her visual cortex via her left nostril. Bughuul then throws a shuriken at her.
  • Spicy Mango Vendor: Dies after remarking, “say, these spicy mangos look a little like devils or something.” Bughuul transforms him into a spicy mango, which falls to the ground and is dramatically eaten by a medium-sized French bulldog.
  • Deputy: Killed after seeing a cloud that looks a little bit like Bughuul, but not really.
  • Teenage Girl: Killed after a deviloid throws a 1996 Toyota Tercel through her bedroom window. Her parents don’t come to help, as it is established the next morning that they are “heavy sleepers.”
  • Tracy: Dies after eating a dictionary page with the definition of “poison” on it.
  • Trevor: Dies of massive throat laceration after confusing a “hot-dog-eating contest” for a “hot-knife-eating contest.” Irony: he had eaten enough knives to win first place.
  • Bughuul: The Prime Deviloid meets his end when a young boy (voiced by Justin Long) draws a picture of Bughuul being cut in half by Captain America.

Mistakes

  • A gouged-out eyeball would not be able to blink, nor cry enough tears to create a puddle deep enough to drown a sleeping bank security guard.
  • Derrickson has proudly stated in interviews that he has never received any form of medical care, which seems to explain why most of the medical procedures in Sinister are variations on old wives’ tales and home remedies. Operating rooms typically do not provide doctors with access to leeches, crushed beetle snuff or “biting snakes.”
  • No doctor — at least none who has taken the Hippocratic Oath — would write a prescription for HIV.
  • At Kragen Auto Parts, Ellison (Ethan Hawke) laughs loudly at a Timbertoes comic strip in Highlights For Children. However, The Timbertoes has not been funny since 1961.
  • It is unlikely Kragen Auto Parts would carry incendiary crossbow bolts.
  • At the end of the movie, Ellison proudly tells the young boy that he defeated Bughuul using “the power of a child’s imagination.” However in a post-credits scene, Bughuul’s autopsy reveals he technically died of liver failure.
  • Despite the positive public health message offered by the movie, liver failure is not the number one killer of ghosts in America. It is not even among the top ten.

Memorable Quotes

Ellison: What’s that song you’re humming, sweetheart?
Unnamed Daughter: It’s something I learned from my new friend who lives in the attic, Mr. Boogie.
Ellison: You’re so creative. How does it go?
Unnamed Daughter:

I’m Mr. Boogie but my name is Bughuul
I may seem nice but I’m really a ghoul.
I live in the attic above where your children sleep
I come out of home movies and pictures to make your terror complete.
Maybe I’ll chase you with rusted knife.
You could beg and plead but it’s going to be the end of your very life.
I’ll chop off your neck and eat your head
And after that you will then realize that you are now dead.

Ellison: Something’s wrong. There’s no way you’re that creative.

Deputy: I don’t care who you think you are, Mr. Writer Man, there’s no such thing as “deviloids” in my town.
Ellison: Your careless attitude towards law enforcement is the real deviloid.

Ellison: (sneezes)

 

Saw It For You: Looper (2012)

A service of Saw It For You isn’t just previewing movies that haven’t been released yet — or in some cases, even made yet — it’s also to save you time on entertainment available right now. So here is our review of Rian Johnson’s Looper, which opened this past weekend. WARNING: ENORMOUS SPOILERS.

Looper (2012)

Synopsis. In the future, crime lords control time travel, but there’s just one problem: everyone you send back in time turns into Bruce Willis.

Trivia

  • Director Rian Johnson spent $30 million of the film’s budget on building an actual time machine. Another $750,000 was spent on hospital care for Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt after their exposure to it.
  • The first draft of the film contained over eighty different time puns, such as “isn’t it time we got out of here?” and “I must be a hungry time traveler, because I’m going back 4 seconds.” After three extensive rewrites, Johnson went with the first draft.
  • To film small numbers of Bruce Willises, lookalike extras were fitted with bald caps. For crowd scenes, makeup artists had the 500-plus lookalikes stand beneath a single flesh-colored parachute.
  • The ending was changed after test audiences responded poorly to Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking at the camera to say “ehhh, ain’t I a stinker?” followed by an iris out.
  • In order to maintain an authentic mood, Looper was shot over the course of the next 30 years.

Mistakes

  • In the first time travel sequence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt enters the time machine via its top hatch, but when he arrives in 2043 he emerges from an old witch’s cauldron.
  • According to the film’s logic, de-aging might have restored Bruce Willis’ missing arm, but de-aging further would not have given him a third arm, let alone an arm he “never knew was missing.”
  • Continuity. When Emily Blunt wakes Joseph Gordon-Levitt up, she is sipping chocolate milk from a cup. When she offers Gordon-Levitt a sip, she is sipping chocolate milk from Gordon-Levitt’s open mouth.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. Because of a product placement deal, the only thing to eat in the future is French’s Yellow Mustard. It is conceivable that the hardy mustard seed was the only plant to survive the Time War of Twenty-One-Twenty-Never.
  • Despite the multiple times Rian Johnson appears in frame shouting “edit me out in post,” he never was.
  • Knives do not “mature” into guns when buried.
  • Billy goats are not “nature’s time travelers.”
  • Plot hole. Grand theft auto would not produce enough energy to power a time machine, even if said machine did run on “crime energy.”
  • In the final scene of the movie, Bruce Willis tells Emily Blunt that he “was Hitler all along.” This is obviously dubbed in; Willis’s lips clearly mouth the name “Gandhi.”
  • Hitler was not an old bald Indian man.
  • Telling someone that they die in the future — regardless of the existence of time travel — would not cause them to dramatically fade from existence while screaming “noooo.”

Memorable Quotes

Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). So you’re me? From the future?
Old Joe (Bruce Willis). Shut your stupid child mouth. I got something important to tell you.
Young Joe. I guess I timed that poorly.

Sara (Emily Blunt). The mob is coming after you, Joe.
Young Joe. Then I guess it’s go-time. And Joe-time. And Joe-time.

Old Joe. You’ll never catch me!
Young Joe. I don’t have to! I’m placing myself under arrest!
Old Joe. Damn! (clothes suddenly change to prison uniform)

Sara. I don’t understand. You did all this?
Old Joe. Yeah. Turns out I’m from the past. I was [Hitler] all along. That’s how I knew my young self would use passive resistance. He’s a [Nazi].
Sara. Namaste.