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Video: Red Band Trailer for ‘The Sacrament’

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Life lesson, everyone: if you receive an invitation to visit a group of suspiciously blissful people who have separated themselves on an island far away from the rest of the general population,


The Wicker Man tried to warn us (twice), but some people just refuse to listen. Such is the case of the protagonists of The Sacrament, an upcoming horror film directed and written by Ti West and produced by Eli Roth. The film’s press release announcing the red band trailer, which came out last week, describes the premise in the following manner:

“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.”

Nope, definitely not a cult! You can check out the red band trailer for The Sacrament down below:


While the premise is not exceptionally original, the trailer leads me to believe this could be better than the average horror movie featuring a cult. It’s always interesting to watch movies involving tight-knit groups governed by a strict set of rules and the consequences that ensue when those rules crumble and fall. The Sacrament’s Eden Parish will apparently tear itself apart once the outsiders find out about its true nature and the trailer makes me think the commune’s two factions will resort to absolutely savage means to either escape or maintain order. Sounds a pretty great time at the movies!

The Sacrament stars Joe Swanberg (You’re Next), AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil), Kentucker Audley (Sun Don’t Shine), Amy Seimetz (The Killing), and Gene Jones (No Country For Old Men). The film will be released on iTunes/On Demand May 1, 2014 and in theaters on June 6.

Are you interested in seeing this film? Where would you place your remote cult commune and what tenets would you abide by to keep the peace? Share your plans for benevolent tyranny down below!