The Sacrament Review

Sacrament, The
With two colleagues in tow, photographer Patrick (Audley) heads out into the sticks to visit his sister (Seimetz). She's a former addict recovering under the eye of charismatic commune head known only as 'Father'.

by Kim Newman |
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Release Date:

08 Jun 2014

Running Time:

100 minutes



Original Title:

Sacrament, The

Video journos Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg) visit Eden Parish, a remote community run by the charismatic ‘Father’ (Gene Jones). The idyll of the back-to-nature sect sours fast, as an all-too-expected disaster overtakes the group. Writer-director Ti West (The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) gets away from the supernatural but maintains his skill with slow-burning scares and hard-to-watch horrors. Amy Seimetz, following work in A Horrible Way To Die and Upstream Colour, confirms that she’s one of the most interesting young actresses around with a startling, terrifying performance as a former junkie who has switched her addiction to religion.

A masterclass in unsettling chills from West, lit up by another strong Seimetz turn.
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