Paul Salfen sat down with Ti West and AJ Bowen at Fantastic Fest 2013 to talk about the movie THE SACRAMENT. It’s less of a found-footage movie than it is an attempt to address cultural issues that precipitate spiritual leaders taking advantage of their trusting flock. The movie’s plot takes several elements from real life events such as the Jonestown Massacre of 1978.
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), THE SACRAMENT follows two journalists as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel to “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained utopia. 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.(c) Magnolia