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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Viper on 21 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Ti West's follow up to The Innkeepers. Not too bad, but basically The Jim Jones story on a tight budget. For a found footage film it looks l quite good. However, as a work of fiction it really does very little that differs from the real life events that inspired it, so ends as a thinly disguised and diluted docudrama rather than something distinct.
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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
The best "found footage" movie I've seen.

While the Blair Witch Project originated the most recent incarnation of the "found footage" horror film, particularly in the US were it was accompanied by a lot of build up and hype, including some publishing ventures and a launch with which it was not necessarily accompanied elsewhere, this is, in my humble opinion, probably the best the genre has to offer.

For one it is actually very believable that it was shot by the protagonists, like Blair Witch but unlike Chronicle (which was otherwise a very good film), without being rubbish, well accounted for by the fact that the protagonists are film makers and journalists.

The horror is real, not heavy on gore, although it does feature some pretty horrible poisoning and shooting scenes, one self-immolation scene, in which the special effects are disturbingly realistic and one scene in which someone kills their own child in despair (which could be contrasted with the cult leaders to encourage despair suicides when he becomes convinced the intentional community they inhabit has run its course).

The Eden community featured in the film is a carbon copy of the Jones Town massacre in the US, in which Jim Jones and his henchmen passed out poisoned Kool Aid to members of the intentional community and then disappeared themselves.
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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2014
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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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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