Posts Tagged ‘Cult’

I was disappointed with Starry Eyes, a horror movie directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer.

According to IMDB.com, this movie was supposed to revolve around “a hopeful young starlet [who] uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.”

Instead of this plot, though, I received a film eerily similar to Contracted, directed by Eric England.

Let’s compare the two movies, shall we?

Starry Eyes (2014)

Contracted (2013)

Sarah (Alex Essoe) is a waitress

Samantha (Najarra Townsend) is a waitress
Sarah has unprotected sex, and rots Samantha has unprotected sex, and rots
Sarah hovers over the toilet (vomiting), loses one fingernail, and vomits maggots

Samantha hovers over the toilet (vomiting), loses fingernails, and maggots fall from her vagina

 

I only see two differences between Starry Eyes and Contracted:

  1. Unlike Sarah, whose “rotting” sequence wasn’t horribly gory, Samantha experiences more horrible changes: losing large quantities of blood, yanking out her teeth, and watching her eyes become bloodshot and cloudy. (Frankly, if Sarah threw on some Carmex, make-up, and a wig, she’d look fine.)
  2. Unlike Samantha, who rotted away because she had unprotected sex with a man who had hooked up with a bio-hazardous corpse, Sarah rotted away because she became involved with a strange cult.

Here is another problem with Starry Eyes: they NEVER explained Astraeus Pictures, the cult. What was their origin? Who do they worship? Who was all involved? (I mean, a few close-ups of pentagrams didn’t explain anything; it just left me asking more questions.)

Oh, and the ending was horrible! One minute, Sarah doesn’t have the strength or energy to crawl across the floor because she is in so much pain, but the next moment, she has the ability to sprint to her friend’s house to kill them by knifing them and bashing their face in with weights. (Where did Sarah receive this incredible strength?!)

A positive in Starry Eyes? The soundtrack.

Overall, I truly disliked this unoriginal film.

To watch the trailer, click here.

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Directed by Ti West, The Sacrament, an incredibly disturbing horror film, focused upon cults and manipulation.

The story begins when Patrick (Kentucker Audley), a photographer, receives a letter from Caroline (Amy Seimetz), his sister, inviting him to visit her at Eden Parish. Patrick is reluctant to visit; however, his two friends, Sam (AJ Bowen) and Jake (Joe Swanberg), convince him to go because they wish to obtain footage and conduct interviews for their personal use.

Once they reach Eden Parish, everything begins to spiral downhill. The men are nearly shot because they are filming, and once they meet Father (Gene Jones), they realize that Eden Parish is not a “paradise.” Instead, it is a living hell. Will they be able to escape, or will their lives be taken from them?

Father, in my opinion, is the creepiest character. In order to control his “children,” he isolates them in the middle of nowhere, and if members attempt to escape, they are severely punished. Savanna, a little girl, tried to escape, but they caught her – and they beat her until she refused to talk again.

Father creeps me out.

Whatever Father says, happens…even death, even murder. If he commands his “children” to die for him, they will lie down in the pavilion and poison themselves to please him.

The mass suicide in The Sacrament is extremely painful to watch. It brought me to tears to see the fear and the pain flash through every member’s eyes. I just couldn’t believe how many people could listen to Father and end their lives…or their children’s lives.

It was horrible to watch a sister murder her own brother, and it was terrifying to watch a mother murder her own daughter. During these two particular scenes, I burst into tears; I just couldn’t understand how mankind could harm their own flesh and blood.

Overall, The Sacrament was an emotional and disturbing film.

To watch the trailer, click here