It appears that 'Sinister' finds its way around the found footage genre by having found home movies (some of them on actual film). The trailer for the fall thriller has stars Ethan Hawke as a writer who stumbles across something terrible.

Here's the plot synopsis:

A true crime novelist (Hawke) struggling to find his next big story, moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place.  But after finding a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, his investigation leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.

'Sinister' was written and directed by Scott Derickson - still best known for 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' - and was co-written by Robert Cargill. If the latter's name isn't that familiar, Ain't It Cool News readers would know him by his pen name "Massawyrm."

It's funny that he wrote it to as it deals with haunted film, which reminded us of Drew McWeeny (aka AICN's Moriarty) and Scott Swan's script for the John Carpenter 'Masters of Horror' episode 'Cigarette Burns,' which dealt with a film that literally killed its audience. This - however - seems to feature a spirit that is unleashed by watching films. Totally different. The film hits theaters October 5.