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‘Sinister’ Pulled From More Than 40 French Theaters Because…

It was reported via French press late last week that more than 40 French theaters had pulled the theatrical release of Scott Derrickson’s Sinister. Why? Distributor Wild Bunch blames Paranormal Activity 4 (also produced by Blumhouse) and more than a handful of despicable, disrespectful, ignorant and disgusting theatergoers.

Here’s a translation (and slight edit) of what Wild Bunch had to say via Facebook: “Some rooms last weekend have experienced some problems with the spectators Panamornal Activity 4 – confectionery counters looted, cashiers insulted, urinating on the seats, etc. – thus, more than 40 confirmed theaters have simply canceled their programming of Sinister this week.

They continue: “The exploitation of films called ‘gender’ is not easy in France, so we ask our future spectators please be respectful of the rules of courtesy and for those interested, do not hesitate to ask their cinema film schedule next week.

Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, James Ranson and Juliet Rylance, begins when found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.



  • djblack1313

    see what watching the awful PA movies do you? they make you urinate on seats, loot and much worse! LOL.

    • Marty McFly

      um dj dont you like those movies?

  • HorrorManiac666

    @DJ LOL.
    At first I thought the theatres pulled it because it was to scary but this makes more sense. Did people piss on the seats because it was scary or was it because it’s a piece of shit.

  • coldblood

    Ahh fuck the French.

  • jdscissorhands

    As a French horror fan, I feel completely stunned by this piece of news! I’ve never heard of such behaviour in French theaters. People urinating in the theaters???? WTH? Well I guess that might be true in one case, but I doubt that this would be common in every French cinema. This is both insulting to French people and horror moviegoers.
    I guess Wild Bunch wouldn’t say that the film was removed from 40 theaters because of the poor performance of PA4 in French theaters.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Jeez, and we actually complain about people talking, texting, or using their cell phones over here! lol.

    Oddly enough, I watched Sinister a few nights ago, and I loved it! Such a great ending.

  • EvilHead1981

    What fuckin pigs. I could understand if it was just one theater(in a shady part of France), but more than one, and the same things were going on? PA4 sucked, and all, but even bad movies are no excuse to act like animals. It’s the same for over crazed sports fans that go riot after a their team wins(or loses). If you can let yourself get to that point where pointless destruction is the only way to vent yoru frustration, might wanna jump off a cliff because you’re a liability to the world.

    • Zombie-Killa

      “If you can let yourself get to that point where pointless destruction is the only way to vent yoru frustration, might wanna jump off a cliff because you’re a liability to the world.”

      LULZ. This brought a legit hard laugh out of me. I’m just now catching my breath. Thanks, man, I needed that!

  • viking1983

    I think people looted because french horror is amazing compared to boring predictable American modern hooror which is aimed at people with one brain cell and don’t know how to understand a good story, saw and paranormal activity are 2 huge examples of utter shite film making also americans are too fucking lazy to read subtitles so make a lot of poor remakes

    • Ultrazilla

      Considering your poor spelling, lack of proper capitalization, and almost complete disregard for punctuation…I’d say Americans aren’t the only examples of laziness.

      • viking1983

        damn another grammar nazi

  • Evil_Flip

    LOl, what’s next? force subtitles on the dvds when you want to watch a movie in it’s intended language!? Anyways as a part Frenchy I’ve always had a great time in the french cinemas (except for the re-dubbing of course). I remember seeing Mission impossible 2 and being fed up with the film started clapping sarcastically, when Cruise and the bad guy jump from their bikes towards eachother, and the whole room joined in xD

  • undertaker78

    Dare I say, but Sinister is one those rare movies that is legitimately scary and effective. I’d go as far as saying it’s my favorite movie I’ve seen this year.

    What kind of people piss on seats to make a statement? There is absolutely no excuse for these actions. It’s beyond disgusting and does no favors for French people. Grow up you nasty pigs.

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