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½ July 15, 2014
I love movies about cults, and this is by far the best I've seen. Gripping and harrowing, yet not without a healthy dose of early 80s melodramatic cheese. James Woods is a hoot to watch in what may possibly be his (unintentionally) sleaziest role to date, hamming it up tremendously while looking like a late 70s porn star and/or cocaine dealer. But I digress, this movie is otherwise extremely well acted and written, and is a very lifelike representation of being lured into a messianic cult.
I do have to point out that I am a huge fan of the early 00's sitcom,Strangers With Candy, my favorite episode being the one about a religious cult. When I pushed play, I had no idea that that episode was an entirely dead-on spoof of this movie, which incidentally, features Deborah Rush, who portrayed the stepmother in Strangers With Candy. That may have been the reason for the half-star in my rating: catching things throughout the movie that the scenes from the show were spoofing.
September 10, 2012
Brilliant and insightful movie about a boy who is rescued from a cult and must be deprogrammed.
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