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331 Ratings

The Sacrament

Directed by Ti West
United States, 2013
Horror, Thriller


The latest film from indie genre icon Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) sends frequent collaborators AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg and Kentucker Audley on a harrowing journey into madness and messianic bloodshed.

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The Sacrament Directed by Ti West
…Welcome to the most tastelessly pointless and pointlessly tasteless fifteen or so minutes of cinema in 2014. In the wake of the likes of Wolf Creek, The Sacrament is doing its bit to liberate atrocity porn from the ghetto of heart-tugging true-life drama films and haul it into the realm of pure exploitation, all with a catastrophically straight face.
January 09, 2015
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West is such a technically accomplished filmmaker, and his cast of semi-regulars so committed to the narrative, that the resultant movie gives enough unsettling atmosphere and upsetting gut-level shock that this viewer didn’t mind too much all the stuff he wasn’t getting, such as intellectual coherence, not to mention any kind of profound insight into the cult hive mind.
June 06, 2014
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West seems to think he’s telling a story other than the one we’re watching onscreen: He’s trying to terrify us, but what we’re watching is more sad than scary, more depressing than pulse-raising. It might have worked if his characters were more interesting, or the situation they found themselves in less boilerplate. But his story is so rinky-dink that there’s nothing for us to grasp.
June 06, 2014
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