Religious Cult Horror ‘The Sacrament’ Gets a Red Band Trailer and Poster

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 5:35 pm,

Everyone we talk to seems to think this is everything they ever wanted.” Heard in the context of a horror movie trailer, those are some pretty chilling words. In writer-director Ti West’s found footage horror movie The Sacrament, he once again revisits the idea of a group of characters picking at the surface of something seemingly innocent – in order to uncover the horror beneath.

Produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), The Sacrament made it onto Screen Rant’s list of most anticipated horror movies for this year largely because of the man behind the camera; in his previous horror films like The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, West has developed a talent for very slow-burn chillers rather than movies with immediate bloody gratification, and based on the newly-released red band trailer The Sacrament seems to be in a similar vein.

The film follows two VICE journalists (played by A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg) who accompany their friend Patrick (Kentucker Audley) on a search to find his sister (Amy Seimetz), a drug addict who has joined a mysterious and deeply religious community dedicated to sober living. ‘Eden Parish’ was founded by a leader known only as Father (Gene Jones), who appears to hold his congregation in a sway of love and gratitude. Based on this trailer, we’re guessing that things aren’t quite as lovely as they seem.

Check out the new poster for The Sacrament below.


The Sacrament poster 570x844 Religious Cult Horror The Sacrament Gets a Red Band Trailer and Poster

The Sacrament did the rounds at various film festivals last year and the reviews so far have been generally positive. Found footage movies can be something of a headache when excessive shaky-cam is involved, but luckily The Sacrament‘s plot decrees that the character holding the camera is actually a professional cameraman and as a result it looks more like a This is Spinal Tap style mockumentary than a standard found-footage horror.

Incidentally, the “last sacrament” that Father mentions in the trailer refers to the religious anointment of a sick and dying individual. That’s probably not a good sign.


The Sacrament is out on limited theatrical release from June 6, 2014.

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  1. I generally find most “found footage” films should be lost; they are not much good at all. This probably could be better if not filmed in that style.

    • I disagree and find the genre to be great, despite the majority of those given the most press being terrible examples (I could list so many great found footage movies released from 1980 all the way up to present day that don’t have the words “paranormal” or “witch” in the titles but won’t).

      That being said, this sounds (by Hannah’s description and the trailer footage) like an English language and longer version of what we saw in the Safe Haven segment of V/H/S 2 but possibly without the demonic creature being born and members of the cult coming back to life after shooting themselves.

  2. so…its basically a based on a true story film of the Jonestown massacre, which practically has the exact same history as what I just saw. Do the creators give credit to that or do they say this is a new idea? “Peoples Temple” led by Jim Jones who killed those who didn’t escape by drinking poisoned kool aid in 1978 in no was a “religion” that perported to be a Christian organization that would even sing hymms like the ones in the trailer.

  3. I think I’m getting too old & too picky because of it, but this doesn’t interest me whatsoever. I love horror flicks, Eli Roth, and most found-footage films don’t bother me, but this trailer doesn’t make me do more than shrug my shoulders. I’d rather just watch a Jonestown documentary and be done with it.

  4. May be a little premature to start subtitling a poster with the caption “From The Director of The House Of The Devil”. Might as well say “Ti West’s The Sacrement” to equal ineffect.

  5. Most people don’t get the found footage genre. How can it pass for found footage if it has obvious production quality?

  6. No originality in taking the exact Jonestown timeline and wrapping it around 2 dweeby hipster journalists. Definitely a pass.