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Charles Campbell: I’m not a big fan of found footage films, but this looks pretty interesting. I was a fan of Ti West’s other films House of the Devil and The Innkeepers so I’ll definitely will be giving this one a chance. The fact that he seems to have taken elements from Jonestown Massacre, which was a topic that has always interested me, so I’ll give it a chance.

William Wright: A found footage style film based on the story of Jonestown, I am interested. While a number of people may take issue with the style or idea or even who is producing it, I am willing to give it a chance. I know that others have done this kind of story before, but this may work just as it’s own film. I’m hoping that it will be at least entertaining, but I may not ask for much else. Don’t know if I’ll catch it in theaters, but I may check it out.

Glenn Criddle: Jonestown anyone? I’m not sure why they didn’t just make another direct Jonestown film. I’m assuming there will be divergences in the story which if that’s the case then fair enough. It looks at least halfway decent though and I’d be more than willing to give it a go. It does look like it goes more down the horror path than it does the drama route but hey the real story was a pretty dark one anyway so why the hell not.

Mike White: It’s the Jim Jones story but it’s not. It’s an interesting film. But it’s not. It’s a documentary but it’s not. Yet another fucking found footage film. It reminds me a lot of the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S/2 but I’ve heard a review of this movie already and it sounds like it ends much more with a whimper than a bang. I’ll pass, thanks.

Alex Jowski: Ti West is a very capable director. If anyone horror director working today can make a good found footage film, I feel it would be Ti West. House of the Devil was a wonderful tribute to the devil films of the late ’70s and The Innkeepers was an extraordinarily original ghost story. The only thing that irks me about The Sacrament is the “Eli Roth presents” credit. Ti West can make a good movie on his own, you don’t need fucking Eli Roth’s name to sell it. This story, this movie, it LOOKS and FEELS like Ti West. Don’t let audiences confuse his style with Eli Roth, please.

Martha Page: I dig cults and I still like found footage types so I am totally down with this movie!

Cecil Trachenberg: Ti West is one of the best horror directors working today. He has a style that pays homage to the great slow burner classics of the 70s, while infusing them with his vision. This movie looks awesome.

Charley McMullen: I’m not sure I even know where to begin. It’s a movie that Eli Roth DID NOT direct, but nonetheless has his name vigorously ejaculated onto the screen a good minute before that of the director. Also, it’s a found footage movie, and the world simply has no use for another one of those “cold sores” on the face of the once-respectable girl who made some bad choices that is the modern cinema. In addition to this perfect storm of bullshit, it’s a severely gutted-of-all-spirit Red State knock-off. That is pretty much a trifecta of everything I hate about movies of the past decade or so. I…I need to be alone…

mister X:: The Sacrament-
heard good things bout HOUSE OF THE DEVIL n’ it’s in my queue (i be BUSY!) but few words give me more dread than ‘eli roth’ in the credits…and that PISSES me off
i feel like he’s on the same culty wavelength as me, yet his approach has NEVER drawn me in (with the sole exception of THANKSGIVING)
still, jim jones 2.0 looks like it could be effectively creepy…even tho’ once the shyt hits the fan in a found footage movie i can NEVER accept why they keep shooting

Mistress J: Ooo, I loves me a good culty movie! This looks unique and actually pretty good. However, the suspenseful secret of “what’s really going on” they speak of has the capability to ruin the whole movie’s basis if it ends up being something ridiculously lame, but I think this is worth a see.

Justin Widerski: I like Ti West… when he has a good script ie House of the Devil and The Innkeepers. This does not seem like one of those occasions. The premise seems more like a drama/thriller then pure horror, even if you beefed up the creepiness. With the stark closeness of this to the actual event of Jonestown I hesitate to say this but it seems like this would make for a better episode of The X-Files then a full movie. Without any supernatural force controlling everything, this seems like a slow boring movie which would fit Ti West’s MO. As for the found footage aspect I think it’s appropriate and it probably would work if not for that stupid line in the trailer of “Film this. It’s Important.” DVD rental at best.

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Matthew Coats
Formerly known under the pseudonym of Alex Jowski. Site owner, movie aficionado, and film school grad. Matthew Coats presents reviews, some written, some as vlogs, and some as weekly shows, for a variety of different movies and television shows. After years of struggling to get his own projects off the ground amidst the normal routine of living, Matthew Coats decided to create a site in order to share and promote movie reviews, video games and much much more from talented and original people all across the internet.
  • June 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    the only reason there are no comments is becuz between the 11 of us we covered ALL possible commentary! we beat kinski and WON THE REVIEWERVERSE!!!!

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