When you look at any list for most anticipated horror films of 2014 one you will see repeated is the new film from TI West The Sacrament. Already receiving rave reviews from festival screenings it hits the Itunes and On demand circuit May 1st followed up by a theater release June 6th. The red band trailer premiered exclusively on IGN last week but I have it for you here.
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and master of horror Eli Roth (THE LAST EXORCISM, HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER), THE SACRAMENT follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of "Eden Parish," a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.
Another in the line of religious horror that focuses on the humans instead of some demon spirit. Movies like Red State by Kevin Smith brought an awareness back to the south and the prestigious bible belt. Often the recipient of jokes involving Christian Mingle it shows that people are still afraid of what goes on in parts of the country that have been left for not. The movie looks intense and starts to open the conversation on religious horror as we step into 2014. A few weeks ago I told you guys about the film Holy Ghost People and seems similar but a tad bit more intense. Some folks have a love hate relationship with TI West films. I do enjoy some of his work like the Innkeepers because you can tell he enjoys focusing on the storytelling aspect of horror and not just the scares. The Sacrament stars Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, and Amy Seimetz and will be distributed courtesy of Magnet releasing. Hopefully this will add to their already stellar list of films currently available on demand and limited theaters. Look for a review soon!