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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
This is a good "found footage" horror flick (apparently the correct terminology is now "immersion film"). It has faint echoes of The Wicker Man (Edward Woodward) and works very effectively.
Caroline Carter is an attractive, thirty-something lady, who's joined a sober-living exiled Christian cult. The cult is led by a David Koresh style religious preacher called Father, real name Charles Reid, who's set up a commune in a secluded woodland. The place is called Eden Parish and is protected by bad tempered guards wielding automatic rifles. The 200 or so cult members sell all their worldly possessions to fund the running of the commune. They live in wooden shacks, grow their own vegetable patches, and lead a technology-free hippy lifestyle. There's no internet, no smartphones, no televisions or radios.
Caroline's brother, Patrick, visits his sister at the camp, accompanied by two journalist mates, Jake and Sam. Caroline's a charming, affable host, but she's clearly been brain-washed into loving her back to very basics lifestyle. The commune is a Prozac Nation of becalmed, happy villagers, who content themselves with living off the land. Some of the members are personable and hospitable, but others are defensive and aloof, referring to the three men as "outsiders". The journalists get a warning sign on their first night in the commune, when a small girl hands them a slip of paper which reads "please help us"...
This is a very well acted and tautly scripted, atmospheric chiller, which gives the viewer a slowly growing and very effective sense of impending tragedy. Sam is a convincing and likeable chief protagonist, who plays a dangerous game of Devil's Advocate with Father. Father is a credible cult leader, who can turn from charming to menacing in a heartbeat.
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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 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 Verified Purchase
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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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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