"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.
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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.