Or perhaps what was blowing in the wind was more of its robe. That was enough for us. We ran away as fast as we could. We cut through a side street that was to lead us to a parallel street towards my neighborhood.
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This street lead to a slight hill. As we rounded the corner and started running up the hill in a panic…. We stopped. Because on top of that hill, we saw another dark figure with its arms raised. We sat up and without saying a word, we walked in silence back to his house. The air felt normal again. Although we felt like we were in a haze of sorts. Albeit out of danger. A few days later, I rode my bike to the location. Perhaps it was shadow play? Perhaps there was a certain tree or bush or maybe a For Sale sign or something that made it look like there was something else there?
What the hell was that? I often wonder if it could have been a haunting, a specter, a ghost, etc. Maybe it was an alien abduction or sighting. We saw no craft but there was that unexplained light. Or maybe it was some other kids messing with us. But how would they have known we were coming? How could they be so prepared? Sadly, my best friend Tom passed suddenly a few months ago. I thought of this night during his funeral. I thought of returning to that site. I thought of the odd coincidence of unexpected and surprising death, just like my classmate that night.
Is there a connection?
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Were we seeing some future fate for one of us, which sadly fell upon my best friend Tom? Was this all some dual hallucination In my mind, no way? One night when I was 10, I was asleep in bed and was woken up by my bedroom door opening then someone sitting on my bed. I felt the graze on my leg and the bed sink as they sat. He then reached his hand toward me and he was holding what looked like a little black box. I was freaked out, but as I reached to grab it, he hesitantly pulled back. As I did so, I blinked, and by the time I reopened my eyes, he was gone, the spot of the bed where was sitting lifted back into place but the imprint of someone sitting there was still present.
Fast forward 5 years, I had my girlfriend over to do homework. After homework she took a nap while she waited for her parents to pick her up. When they arrived, I tried waking her to let her know. I nudged her, and she opened her eyes so sudden already looking in the direction of the corner of the room where the wall meets the ceiling, lifting her finger and pointed. And as fast as she woke, she fell asleep again. I attempted to wake her again. She came to full consciousness, and I asked her what the hell that was about and explained what she just did.
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Fast forward another 5 years, still with the same girlfriend, and by this time we had a 2 year old daughter. We were living in my old bedroom at my parents house. My daughter would wake up at the same time every night and start talking. For a while we thought it was a normal baby thing, until I noticed it was almost the same conversation every night. I playfully asked her one night who she was talking to every night. This is a story I do not often tell. I promise, sincerely, that this has scarred me for life and although I have looked into psychological explanations for what I heard and natural explanations for what occurred, they remain unsatisfactory.
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When I was a child, I was scared of the dark. I swore to my mother I heard voices in it. They were not evil, but they were not familiar and so they scared me. It was an added bonus that the bathroom was directly outside of her bedroom door for my late-night tinkles. On one such night, around Christmas, I awoke and felt the need to relieve myself. The light had no other source, it was by itself, and I was transfixed by it. How else could he get into my house to know I was being a good boy. I was so excited I began walking down the stairs to greet him, picking up my pace after the second step as it began to creep off the wall and fade into the darkness in my living room.
A very strong, masculine voice. Different from the first. Right now. Go back up those stairs. I listened, turned around, and what happened next I am not sure I would believe if someone had told me this same story. When we awoke the next morning, the poinsettia lights little Christmas flower lights that glowed red my mother had put on the railing down the stairs were pulled straight down to the bottom of the stairs, some broken from what seemed like a forceful tear, laying in a single pile.
The dry sink in my living room had fallen from the wall. My mother could not explain it! My father was worried we had been the victims of a home invasion. My sister was crying. There was nothing missing, nobody had broken in, there did not seem to be any reason this had happened.
And then I saw it, and I kept quiet about it because I was so afraid that I could not force words out of my mouth. There, on the edge of the wooden dry sink which had been facing up, were three indentations where the finish on the wood had been worn, almost as if in a forceful grip.
That was what the bang was. I was mortified. After that day I never heard a single voice again. I do not like to imagine what was waiting downstairs for me that night. None of us had played with one before. Before we used the board, Mary warned us that her mom would be really pissed if she found out that we were playing with it because Ouija boards can attract bad spirits into the home. With full knowledge of this, we decided to proceed anyway.
This Ouija board was not like the average Ouija board you had ever seen. This was some seriously intricate stuff. That freaked us out only a little bit but we were mostly excited. We froze. We all screamed and promised on our friendships that we had not moved it ourselves very important promise. I felt like I was being watched and my friends thought so too. It was only 4 of us and I believe with all my heart that none of them had moved it because we were all too nervous to do anything.
I know I felt something in that room with us. I know it was dangerous. My wife mentioned it to one of the neighbors and they said it was probably just peacocks on the roof — the house backed up to a conservation area where wild peacocks lived and they would occasionally get up on the rooftops. The film's financial success spawned a sequel, Sinister 2 , released in the United States on August 21, True crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves into a home with his wife Tracy, their year-old son Trevor, and their 7-year-old daughter Ashley. Ellison has moved his family unbeknownst to them into a home where a family was murdered, all hanged by ropes on a tree in the backyard.
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 year-old girl named Stephanie who disappeared following the murders. Later that night Ellison discovers in a box a screaming, half-naked Trevor having a night terror. Ellison discovers that the films are actually murder footage depicting different families being murdered in various ways, including drowning , throat-cutting, and arson.
Each murder is performed by an unseen person holding a camera and filming the killings. Ellison notes the appearance of a mysterious symbol in the films as well as a strange masked figure. He also learns that a child from each family went missing following every murder. The deputy refers Ellison to Professor Jonas, whose expertise is the occult , to decipher the symbol in the films. Jonas tells Ellison that such symbols refer to a Babylonian deity named Bughuul, who would kill entire families and then take one of their children in order to consume their soul.
One night, Ellison hears the film projector running and finds the missing children seated in the attic watching one of the films. Bughuul suddenly appears on camera before physically appearing before Ellison, causing him to fall off the ladder. Ellison takes the camera, projector, and films outside and burns them with lighter fluid.
His wife meets him outside, and he tells her they're moving back to their old house immediately. At his old home, Ellison receives a video-message from Jonas, who sends him scans of historical images associated with Bughuul, which include the symbol seen in the murder movies; early Christians believed that images of Bughuul served as a gateway for the demon to come from the spiritual realm to the mortal world, and children who come into contact with these images can be possessed.
Ellison discovers the unharmed projector and films in his attic, exactly as he did in the new house, along with an envelope of film labeled " Extended Cut Endings ".
By moving, Ellison has placed himself and his family in line to be the next victims. The extra footage depicts the missing children coming onscreen following each murder, revealing themselves to be the killers, before suddenly disappearing. Ellison becomes lightheaded and, before losing consciousness, notices a bright green liquid mixed with his coffee in the cup, along with a note reading, "Good Night, Daddy".
Ellison awakens to find himself, Tracy, and Trevor bound and gagged on the floor. Ashley then views the film of her murders while drawing the murder in the lid of the home movies box. The missing children stare at her through the camera but flee when Bughuul appears. He lifts Ashley into his arms and teleports into the film with her. The box of films is seen sitting in the Oswalt family's attic, now accompanied by Ashley's reel, labeled " House Painting '12 ". Bughuul suddenly jump scaries the screen until it cuts to black. Writer C.
Robert Cargill says that his inspiration for Sinister came from a nightmare he experienced after seeing The Ring , in which he discovered a film in his attic depicting the hanging of an entire family.
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This scenario became the setup for the plot of Sinister. Cargill's idea was that the creature would be both terrifying and seductive to children, luring them to their dooms as a sinister Willy Wonka -like figure. Cargill and co-writer Scott Derrickson ultimately decided to downplay the creature's alluring nature, only intimating how it manipulates the children into murder. In further developing Mr. Boogie, the pair had lengthy discussions about its nature, deciding not to make it a demon but rather a pagan deity, in order to place it outside the conceptual scope of any one particular religion.
Consequently, the villain was given the proper name "Bughuul", with only the child characters in the film referring to it as Mr. In crafting a look for Bughuul, Cargill initially kept to the idea of a sinister Willy Wonka before realizing that audiences might find it "silly" and kill the potential for the film becoming a series. Looking for inspiration, Derrickson typed the word "horror" into flickr and searched through , images. He narrowed the images down to 15, including a photograph of a ghoul which was tagged simply "Natalie".
Cargill was particularly struck by "Natalie" and decided: "What if it's just this guy? Derrickson explained that the image appealed to him because it reminded him of the makeup and costumes worn by performers in black metal , while remaining unique enough so as not to be directly linked to the genre; Derrickson had previously researched black metal while looking for inspiration for Bughuul's symbol, which is ritualistically painted at the scene of each of the film's murder sequences.
Principal photography for Sinister began in autumn of , after Ethan Hawke and Juliet Rylance signed on to star in the film. Cargill keeps books by both men on his shelves. Angela Bettis played the role of a next-door neighbor in the film, though her scenes were deleted and her character is not present in the final product. Variety praised the film as "the sort of tale that would paralyze kids' psyches". CraveOnline called the film "solid" but remarked that the film "doesn't quite go to the next level that gets me like an Insidious ",  and IGN praised the film's story while criticizing some of Sinister' s "scream-out-loud moments" as lazy.
For the most part, Sinister is about its protagonist's growing obsession.
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Like the main characters of those films, Ellison becomes consumed by a mystery, and spends long periods of time engrossed in the pursuit of the truth — like us, he's repulsed by what he sees, but can't quite bring himself to look away. Sinister covers all its bases with aplomb. Lambie, rating the movie 3 of 5 stars, says that despite its "faults, there's something undeniably powerful about Sinister. And while its scares are frequently cheap, it's also difficult to deny that Sinister sometimes manages to inspire moments of palpable dread. Some reviewers have criticized the film's preoccupation with outdated technology.
Peter Howell of the Toronto Star who gave the film 2 out of 4 stars argues that the movie tries for "old school shocks" but "can't afford a pre-Internet setting. Robert Cargill.