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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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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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The story of a journalist who works for a company dedicated to covering bizarre news stories, when he recieves a letter from his estranged sister, a recovering drug addict named Caroline, who invites him to visit an Eden Parish, a Utopian, Drug/Alcohol free community founded by a religious leader (Gulp). Patrick travels by helicoptor with his friends Jake and Sam that work with him, they find it unsettling that the men who have come to guide them to the community have assault rifles.

On arrival in the camp Patrick, Sam and Jake find a community of happy people who appear to worship Father. They interview Father but soon realize people are not as happy as there letting on, further more due to the fact that Father is concerned with what the visitors may tell the outside world they find they are no longer allowed to leave, a disturbing film which for fans of edgy film making makes it an interesting movie, not really a horror movie, more of "Based On A True Story" the story being The Jones Town Massacre.

I consider myself a fan of Ti West but I certainly understand and to an extent agree with the thinly veiled criticisms that his slow burn approach to film making burns a little too slow for some, certainly worth a watch.
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By A L H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2015
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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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It dragged along for a bit but worth a one time watch end was really the most action and start was like a slow moving vehicle carrying loads of boring people in. Not your average horror film it is more like thriller drama and if you like action then this is not the film for you. It has thriller and drama but not horror in particular.
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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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