Red Band Trailer, Poster: Ti West’s “THE SACRAMENT”Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
A thrilling, frank take on faux doc and a fictionalized Jonestown, acclaimed young horror filmmaker Ti West’s new film approaches, and the first trailer proves a good look at the horrors, both verbally manipulative and physical, on display.
In THE SACRAMENT, West’s (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS) mannered filmmaking is channeled via the mock documentary aesthetic, resulting in something less recognizable as (or what’s most associated with) found footage. Instead, it’s a gripping, sort-of retelling of Jonestown, the Peoples Temple and the kind of situation which leads to such tragedy. The film stars AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg as VICE reporters venturing to the site of a rural cult, so that their colleague may be reunited with his estranged sister (Amy Seimetz). There, they’re privy to life at Eden Parish and the ways in which Father (a fantastic Gene Jones) presides over it. Gradually, the more sinister side of things is revealed.
THE SACRAMENT is available On Demand May 1st and in select theaters June 6th from Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing. For more on the film, see our review here. Both trailer and poster come courtesy of IGN.