Director: Scott Derrickson
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Fred Thompson, Clare Foley
Release date: October 5

Pissed off that October's biggest horror release is yet another Paranormal Activity sequel? Fret not, scary movie fans, because we're here to tell you that Sinister, from director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), is an early contender for the scariest mainstream horror movie of 2012; in fact, it's our early pick for the top honor.

Intensely bleak and loaded with seriously disturbing imagery, Sinister is a genre film for people who like their movies pitch-black and solely designed to unnerve. Ethan Hawke stars as a crime writer desperate to find a real-life case strong enough to give him another best-seller. His eagerness leads him and his loving family to a suburban house where a multiple homicide happened, and in the attic he finds a box of film reels.

Within those reels lives a series of what are essentially snuff films, but Sinister's clever, ruthless script (written by film blogger turned screenwriter C. Robert Cargill) finds a slick, nightmarish way to work in supernatural forces. And that's all we'll say for now, other than, "Mark your calendars, horror fanatics."