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  • Summary: The Sacrament follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search 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 200 members. At the centre 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. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Leigh Clark
    Jun 5, 2014
    The found footage format has been milked to death of late... but here it's used to fully immerse the viewer, ensuring that the characters speak directly to the audience and, with the removal of the third wall, throws them straight into the lion's den to create maximum discomfort.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 10, 2013
    It makes savvy use of the well-worn found-footage format, modulating its creepy scenario with considerable skill.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 12, 2014
    West’s film differs from the “Blair Witch” template in that the footage is never actually “found.”
  4. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Dec 10, 2013
    The tension really is beautifully ramped up in these early scenes and gets an audience well prepped to watch carnage unfold around people you've truly come to care about. Then, when the thing goes off, it's not with a bang but with something more like a a whimper.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    May 5, 2014
    Because the film is meant to resemble documentary footage, West is forced to effectively “play dumb,” disguising his craftsmanship behind a lot of intentionally cruddy handheld camerawork. Still, that’d be less of a problem if the material he was gracelessly filming weren’t such run-of-the-mill claptrap.
  6. Reviewed by: Greg Cwik
    Jun 5, 2014
    The Sacrament is a missed opportunity to further expand West's pallet. Instead of twisting conventions and playing with expectations, West plays into expectations.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 10, 2013
    Ti West’s pointless new film The Sacrament, an exercise in talking loud and saying nothing, isn’t just bad, it’s infuriating.

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  1. Jun 6, 2014
    Consensus: Superbly acted, violent, sad and intriguing, The Sacrament is one of the best found footage films of the year. 83/100 (B+)

    not a huge fan of Ti West previous work and i was not interested at all in this film, the poster sucks and the trailer sucks but i like the cast, i'm a big fan of You're Next and there are here some members of the cast like Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen and Amy Seimetz. The film left me very surprised Ti West is talented and i enjoyed every second of the film, very well done and well executed, found footage done right.

    I've watched a lot of found footage movies this year and mostly of them suck (Alien Abduction, Delivery and Mr. Jones). But "The Sacrament" is that rare found footage film that succeeds, not as good as "The Den" but still great. Has some flaws especially in the second half, but the violence and the atmosphere make us forget about it. Don't watch any of the trailers and don't read the full synopsis, this film will surprise you.

    The plot is original and refreshing for the found-footage genre, it's a big premise handled by a talented director. It's based on a true stroy "The Jonestown Massacre" i had no idea, well that's a plus for me, that makes the film scarier. The performances during the whole film were stunning, superb and believable, spot light here to "Father" (Gene Jones) and "Sam" performed by the superb AJ Bowen.

    There's a scene with Patrick (Kentucker Audley) and Caroline (Amy Seimetz) that was epic and also sad. It's not too gory it's just tense and looks real. Good character development and chilling scenes. This film hasn't jump-scares and gore. The Sacrament has violence and atmosphere, totally deserves your attention and your time. The setting is awesome, the production is big and doesn't looks cheap.

    Well drawn characters and you care of them. "Father" (Gene Jones) was annoying as hell (in a good way), and he holds the greatest moments in the film, the script helps too. Just WOW! That script is awesome, this is quality filmmaking. During the first half of the film this one makes you think about the way of how we the human beings live today with all the technology and stuff. I mean, has some social commentary very well explained and well grounded. The big twist in the film may be annoying and unnecesary for some people but for me was awesome and sad.

    The found-footage style may be annoying for some people but in this film this one is very well handled and has sense (for the most part, a few plot holes at the end). The Sacrament is one of the best horror films of the year, not perfect at all but it's smartly violent, takes to itself seriously and has some sick kills, sad film and makes you feel pain with some scenes. All the people here are mad, they are smart and the premise is intriguing. Ti West has a new fan. Visit my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque
  2. Oct 4, 2014
    Once again Ti West proves that he is a master of suspense, but a novice at deliverance. The first half of the movie is not bad. It kept me at the edge of my seat until it was time for Mr West to show us what he's got. Unfortunately he just doesn't have it. Good build up to a let down. Very disappointing. Expand