Now in his early 30s, Ti West has already made an impressive variety of horror films -- including the excellent The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers -- resisting the temptation to repeat himself. His latest film, The Sacrament, hit the festival circuit last fall and will be available to watch via various Video On Demand platforms on May 1, ahead of its theatrical release on June 6.
The film follows journalists for Vice Media who travel to an undisclosed location in search of a missing woman. She is found on a religious compound in the company of other devout people, but her brother, who has led the search, is not comfortable with leaving her there, and his friends gradually notice that all is not as paradisiac as it seems.
If you're of a certain age, the premise might sound uncomfortably reminiscent of the horrific events that took place in 1978, when more than 900 people died at a religious compound in Jonestown, Guyana. West, however, does not exploit memories of that tragedy, but rather imagines what it might be like to be a helpless witness to an impending horror.
The fine cast includes Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Gene Jones as "Father," the leader of the religious group. [Via IGN]