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The Sacrament 2014

3.5 out of 5 stars (35) IMDb 6.1/10

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

Starring:
Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen
Supporting actors Kentucker Audley, Gene Jones, Amy Seimetz, Kate Forbes, Conphidance, Derek Roberts, Shirley Jones Byrd, Shaun Clay, Dale Neal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Donna Biscoe, Tovin A. Pristell, Christian Ojore Mayfield, Shawn Parsons, Talia Dobbins, Madison Absher, Dallas Johnson, Heather Robb
Studio House Distribution UK
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By A L H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2015
Format: DVD
I am a fan of the Found Footage genre of films, so I had to see this. It is definitely a cut above some found footage I've seen, and I think it might even convince those who usually shun this genre.

The story involves a religious cult who live cut off from the world with no access to modern technology. Patrick goes to visit his sister who is living with the cult and takes his two friends who are reporters with him. They decide to make a film about the cult and particularly the charismatic leader, Father.

Of course, this is a horror film so you know things are not going to go well. The film has lots of creepy moments and some disturbing scenes, but no nasty blood and gore. The tension and overall sense of dread is the real scare here. If you enjoy horror and found footage this is a great example, and if you don't usually like this genre, you may like this anyway as it is particularly well done.
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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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Utter rubbish. The first 2 minutes set the story about a journalist who gets a mysterious letter from his sister inviting him to a remote compound as she is now part of a weird cult. Then the words "Eli Roth" flashed on the screen as a producer. At this point I knew it was going to be a bad film.

And how wrong I was. Bad isn't even close to describing how awful the film is. Based upon real life events but with poor acting, production etc etc.

As for the remote location, well it just looks like a woodland in America.The film is just plain boring and you'll just waste precious time sitting through this garbage. Was this made for TV? Low budget quality from start to finish.
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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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PLOT SPOILERS

Jake goes to visit his sister in a remote area as she has joined a 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 nothing about the Jonestown fiasco which inspired this film.

Parental Guide: F-word. Implied sex. No nudity. No twist.
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**Spoiler alerts!**This film confused me, as, having seen a couple of documentaries about Jonestown, I recognised that the film was pretty much a modern day re-make of what happened in Guyana in the 1970s. The camp, the ideology, and even the extremely creepy 'Father' are all similar. The only real difference was the character of the filmmaker's sister who seems to be a kind of second in command to 'Father', and the fact that it was set in the present day. I guess I couldn't understand why they would re-tell the story with these two minor changes, rather than just telling it as it was, as what did happen back then is interesting and frightening enough. That said, I thought the acting was good, and the actor who played 'father' was excellent.
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At no point did this film feel as though it went far enough. Sure things were weird, but the documentary teams seemed to be way too easily scared, especially as they worked for Vice. It just wasn't creepy or weird enough. Not a bad film, but it really could have been so much better. Forgettable
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