Ethan Hawke in Sinister

If you’re looking forward to Scott Derrickson‘s Sinister, then you may want to get in on this chance to catch his restrained horror film sooner rather than later. The movie had its “surprise” premiere at SXSW this year and, after receiving some positive buzz there, Summit Entertainment is continuing to show promise in the project. Today the studio has launched “See Sinister First,” offering audiences the opportunity to attend an early screening of the film.

You can join a screening which is already live or even request a showing for your hometown, and, for the latter option, use Tugg. The chance to make a screening close by you happen only lasts a week, so move fast. So far there are only showings scheduled in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and one in Washington D.C. that Film School Rejects happens to be co-hosting. The screenings that reach full attendance will receive a collectible poster for Sinister, as well as possible Q & A from the filmmakers. All in all, a pretty snazzy deal.

Here are the official details:

See SINISTER First!  Be the first to see the year’s most terrifying film by creating your very own hometown premiere in your city through, which allows people to choose the films they want to see at their local theater.  For one week only, fans will have the unique opportunity to create their own hometown premiere event for Sinister ahead of its wide theatrical release on October 5.
Join a screening that’s currently live OR request one in your hometown here —  Note, additional screening availability is limited.  Summit Entertainment will determine the additional requested screenings and cities.
To see how Tugg works, visit —
Screenings that reach the attendance threshold will receive a limited edition collectible poster for Sinister.  And the filmmakers will be available for Q&As in select cities (TBA)!

Kate Erbland and I were both fans of Sinister at SXSW. It’s a well-crafted horror movie, the kind that relies more on atmosphere than gruesome kills. It’s not exactly the crowd-pleasing brand of horror either, so it’ll be interesting to see how general audiences respond to the film’s unwillingness to go big in the conventional genre sense.

Sinister opens in theaters October 5th.

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