- Directed by: Ti West
- USA, 2013, 100 minutes
Ti West (House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) uses his notorious slow-burn genre storytelling to provide commentary on the world of religious cults in THE SACRAMENT. Patrick (Kentucker Audley) worries after his sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) takes up with a religious commune outside the U.S. His colleagues Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg) decide that this is the perfect story for a VICE documentary. Once they arrive at the commune and meet with the leader, who is simply called Father (Gene Jones), they quickly see that the peaceful existence these people have constructed for themselves might really be the utopia that they claim. Then things get unpleasant. The last 20 minutes of this film are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, desperately hoping that the inevitable isn’t what it seems. Strong performances and extremely clever use of the (often tired) “found footage” model add to the discomfort when things start to go really crazy.
A van full of cops in Istanbul respond to a late night routine call and discover a hive for Satanists and a den of hellish horrors.