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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Product Details

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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By Lark TOP 500 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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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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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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