The Sacrament 2014

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Two journalists set out to document their best friend's search to find his missing sister.

Starring:
Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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The Sacrament

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Genres Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz
Supporting actors AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil
Studio House Distribution UK
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Although it's not a horror flick in the traditional sense (which I was kind of expecting) I still enjoyed The Sacrament. Yes it's another faux documentary in this genre but it's a pretty effective one.

Although no mention is made, the film appears to be a version of the infamous real life Jonestown Massacre from back in the late 70's. A young man, Patrick, and a couple of journalists (with camera in hand of course) head off to a commune named Eden Parish following an invite from Patricks sister. The commune is led by the charismatic, mysterious and let's be honest, kind of dodgy "Father". I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that things don't necessarily go according to plan for our boys.

Writer/director Ti West has previously demonstrated a talent for creating a foreboding, creepy atmosphere (see The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers for example) and this is no different. It certainly isn't a stalk and slash style horror film - more of a slow, steady build towards an almost inevitable fallout.

The documentary style actually feels fairly realistic which adds to proceedings and most of the acting is pretty good and gets the job done. Overall, I thought it was a good, effective, suspenseful film that seems to have slipped under the radar. It's maybe all a bit familiar at times but still recommended.
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Format: DVD
Two journalist's travel to an unknown destination with their cameraman friend to document the commune "Eden Parish" that his missing Sister has been living, soon though they uncover a sinister under belly to the so called utopia.

Directed by Ti West (who directed the excellent "House Of The Devil" and "The Innkeepers") this is yes, yet another, found footage horror movie but one with some pedigree and quality. Hard edged, slowly boiling tension, but compelling through out, this is loosely based on the "Jonestown Massacre" of 1978, a commune led by a sinister leaded ("Father") people brainwashed by his religious fever with a climax shot on video camera's reminiscent of the panic and terror of the infamous "Cannibal Holocaust".

A gritty, excellent slice of real life horror and at a fiver on Amazon an absolute bargain!
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2014
Format: DVD
PLOT SPOILERS (if possible)

Jake goes to visit his sister in a remote area as she has joined cult, you know the type that looks like they drink Kool-Aid. Oops sorry about that. He takes with him two friends so they can make this look like a hand held camera documentary.

This wasn't a real documentary. Did they have to end it the way I expected it to end from 5 minutes into the film? Ti West ever hear of a twist? Now having said that, the film did hold my interest. Even the boring interviews were well done. Then when they ended it all with orange flavor Koo-Aid, I had to groan...surely there is more....a twist...please!!! I need. I want.

Apparently this was done for a whole new generation that knows nada about modern history.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Implied sex. No nudity. No twist.
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I was furious to find out this is the exact same story as Jonestown massacre, nothing on the dvd referers to Jim Jones at all but its almost scene by scene the same. What is even more annoying is that there are plenty of real docos about Jonestown so if you ve already seen one (which i have) this film is a waste of time. If you dont know about Jim Jones - a true example of pathogical narcissism and paranoic psychopathy, the "Father" of the cult in SACRAMENT doesnt even begin to match up to him.
But if you dont know about Jonestown you may well enjoy this. But its a big shame it doesnt once mention the actual event, even at the end where Ti West could have easily have added that it was based upon the horrific events. Ti West is a nice bloke but after HOUSE OF THE DEVIL he really has gone down hill.
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By mr d on 24 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
I have just bought this for a friend that is a big horror fan.
I saw this earlier this year and was very impressed. Ti West like his movies to be a slow boil, and this movie exemplifies that trend.
The Jonestown Massacre is loosely referenced here, with found footage being the vehicle driving the story.
Horror, like comedy, is a subjective genre. What one person finds horrifying wildly differs from person to person.
Again, the most horrifying part of this movie is that mankind can be the most evil and twisted creature.
This story is as macabre as it is fascinating.
If you can handle a slow boil, and are not simply relying on jump scares, then this is recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 8 July 2014
Format: DVD
Yet again another great movie from Ti West, don't be put off by the idiotic negativity that other reviews bring about this film, I almost was put off watching it but was glad I went with my own instincts and picked it up, Ti West has made several cool movies such as house of the devil and cabin fever 2, the sacrament is a great movie that's filmed in the style of a group of people making a documentary, its not a found footage movie but similar in style and better, basically a peaceful looking community where the people have found a new home and a new family in each other under the leadership of the father is not what is seems to be as more sinister ideals unfold around the filmmakers putting all lives at danger, the movie is paced well and builds up tension very well too, once you start to get the feeling something is wrong the fear kicks in and the story races to a frightening climax, its not a gore movie but it does have its shocks and suspense and leaves you quite satisfied, Basically the horror here is the overall theme of the movie and the religious aspect, putting your faith in something and it turning ugly, you could even see this as a true story by time it ends, Ti West is a great director and this is a really great movie, defiantly check it out if out if your into original horror/thrillers, its a decent budget movie too with a good cast. There has not been much in the way of horror in 2014 so far and this is one of the best DVD releases so far.

As usual unfortunately the UK gets NO special features or Blu-ray release.
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