Horrorfest 2016 Presents: The Sacrament (2013, Ti West)


This is one of those films where found footage style filmmaking works. The Sacrament is unnerving and although a bit slow is a good and notable flick. Ti West is a talented director who knows how to craft a notable slow burn, and while his latest doesn’t add new ground I like what I saw. He also understands that characters are an important aspect of horror movies.

Patrick journeys to Eden Parish to find out what his sister, Caroline, is up to and why she has only reached out recently after years of silence. Sam and Jake, his fellow coworkers, accompany him, with the goal of making a documentary about the experience. What they find out is equal parts disturbing and sinister, putting them in great danger. I love that creeping feeling that comes from watching West’s films, the idea that at any given moment something terrible is bound to happen.

Some of the acting in this movie is weak and there are certain scenes that don’t quite work. Gene Jones steals the movie as Father, a man who’s grandfather style approach to running his commune hides a strong ability to manipulate people. Due to how the film is structured he doesn’t have enough screen time, unfortunately. Although not better than his previous efforts this is still worth a view as its still on Netflix.

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