The Sacrament

The Sacrament

Streaming Video - 2014
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Two journalists set out to document their friend's journey to reunite with his estranged sister. They track her to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the remote world of "Eden Parish," a self-sustained rural utopia composed of nearly two hundred members and overseen by a mysterious leader known only as "Father." It quickly becomes evident to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. Eden Parish harbors a twisted secret. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a fight for survival.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 100 min.)) : sd., col

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 27, 2018

This thriller/horror movie is in found footage format, which is already a reason for me not to like it. The movie is about a team’s investigation into a strange and menacing commune, that is being led by some terrifying and aggressive fanatic. This movie is greatly disappointing because the director has produced scary horror movies before, but this one seemed way too “to the books” and didn’t really have anything new to offer. I can’t wait for the day that found footage horror movies are over and quality horror films enter the mainstream. I would rate this movie a generous and forgiving 3/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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kuttu68
Nov 09, 2017

This documentary really got under my skin and I was ticked off. I knew it was going to end badly seeing how 137 people died over a man who was able to control weak minded people and because mentally these people looked for a savior to save them. This is just an example of what a cult is and when religion mixed into the cult it is a bad combination to have. It was just like Jim Jones same thing but the different face that is all. I have been in a situation where I lived with a woman who wanted to start a place for women to live to help them also was a Christian anyway it did not last long at all because she wanted to control me with rules that I felt was not being a Christian but a robot. I did leave but she was trying to convince me to stay because that was the best place to be for me. I am glad I am not weak minded as these people were to end your life with an empty promise of a madman. What upset me knowing the children and baby did not have any choice because due to having parents like they did what a shame. I would recommend watching this to get an insight into a madman.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 30, 2015

Found footage take on the Jonestown massacre, which I thought was unsettling and effective. From director Ti West, who also did "House of the Devil" and "The Innkeepers."

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COURIER3
Mar 14, 2015

Wish I knew if this was a true story or remake of Jonestown.
Hundreds of brain washed people under a spell of a man called "Father". Ending is quite bloody along with Kool Aid mass suicide.

pachla008 Feb 26, 2015

WASTE OF TIME

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jazeebelle
Sep 29, 2014

i disagree with jimg2000, with respect to the victims of Jonestown i think this movie helps people not forget the horror that men too often do. It is clearly based on the documentary of Jonestown, (blatantly at times with both the staging and audio being almost identical from the real life tapes and photos.) I think movies like this also tend to get younger generations into looking at the real stories. It's devastatingly horrible and needs never be lost or forgotten. Eli Roth is often involved in films that are based on real situations and this one is indeed slightly closer to the actual event than others have been in the past. I do agree with jimg2000 in the sense that everyone (within reasonable age) should indeed see the actual documentary "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" regardless of this film and if they are deciding between the two, that one for obvious reasons would be the one to watch.

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2014

Feeble attempt to copy the Story on the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Jim Jones's Guyana compund, found-footage style. See the definitive version in "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" etc. What a sham to incorporate the horrid story into this cheap docudrama.

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