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Crime novelist Ellison (Ethan Hawke) finds his work merging with his home life when he discovers some film footage of the murder of the family that formerly occupied his house. While his detective work may help explain the horrible tragedy, it also puts his own family at risk.

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent images and some terror.

Why is Sinister rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Sinister is rated R for for disturbing violent images and some terror.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Several intense and suspenseful frightening scenes.

- Depictions of hanging, burning, drowning, throat-slitting and mutilation.

- Frequent explicit violence shown with realistic detail, blood and tissue damage.

- Infrequent portrayals of weapons and hand-to-hand violence (usually in a supernatural context), often involving children.

- Nightmarish imagery.

- Torture.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Gory and grotesque images.

- May have an adverse psychological impact.


- Infrequent use of profanity and mild cursing.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Tobacco use.

- Alcohol abuse.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes, Violence.
Alberta 14A Gory Scenes, Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba 18A
Ontario 14A Frightening Scenes.
Quebec 13+ Violence, Horror.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A