Ethan Hawke in Sinister

When Scott Derrickson’s little modestly-budgeted horror flick Sinister debuted back in 2012, few could have predicted just how huge of a hit it would become. Produced for only $3 million, Sinister went on to gross nearly $80 million worldwide.

That said, it didn’t take too long for Lionsgate and Blumhouse to announce plans to release a follow-up film, and we now know just when to expect that sequel to arrive in theaters. Sinister 2 will release wide on August 21, 2015. One might think October (when the original film was released) would make more sense, but the inexplicable studio trend away from releasing horror near Halloween continues unabated.

For those who never got around to seeing Sinister (seriously, what are you waiting for?), the film starred Ethan Hawke as a true-crime novelist who – unbeknownst to his family – decides to move into a house that played host to the horrific murder of an entire family. Naturally, he hopes to use the story as inspiration for another best-seller, but is thrown for a loop after finding a box of super 8 home movies, all given innocuous labels.

When he watches them, Hawke’s character discovers the filmed evidence of multiple other family tragedies, with the only common thread seeming to be a demonic figure that appears on the edges of the frame. To reveal anymore would spoil Sinister’s plot for new viewers, but the film is a very worthwhile¬†watching experience.

Sinister 2 is slated to begin shooting later this summer¬†in Chicago. Ciaran Foy (Citadel) will take over the director’s chair, while Sinister co-writers Derrickson and Robert C. Cargill will return to pen the sequel’s script.

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