The Sacrament (2014) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Sacrament (2014) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Fanatism
  • Cast and crew: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, 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
  • Director:  Ti West
  • Screenwriter:  Ti West

The Sacrament (2014) Rating:

  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.4 / 10;

The Sacrament (2014) Synopsis:

A team of reporters goes on to document the life of a religious community that settled in a remote jungle, cut from the outside world.

The Sacrament (2014) Review:

Not being a big fan of Ti West’s other films (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Cabin Fever 2), I saw The Sacrament a little bit reluctantlyat the Gerardmer Film Festival in France. It is the only fair to say that this film changed my mind about Ti West.

The first thing that you need to know is that The Sacrament is everything but a fun film. It tells the tragic story of one a mass suicide that occurred in the late ’70s in Jonestown (Guyana), where 918 people lost their lives under the influence of the charismatic founding father of a sect called Peoples Temple.

The film takes the form of high quality found footage, so without the inconvenience of a shaky camera or poor imagery. It is slow paced but clever and never boring. It depicts, at first, a community of perfectly happy people from whom the joy could be believable if we didn’t know that it was a horror film. Quickly, however, the film evolves and happiness is replaced by a dreadful feeling that something terrible is about to happen. The middle-half of The Sacrament is really intense, for you don’t know exactly what is wrong. The religious fervor is really well captured, and the sect’s father speech highly convincing, illustrating smartly the danger of such a community.

The final climax is, and I measured the power of that word here, atrocious. I haven’t been as shocked by a film in a long time. It left me completely empty and exhausted. Only a true story can move people to such an extent. Whether it is a good or voyeuristic film is hard to tell, but for sure Ti West signed here a very controversial movie…

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