Night 2, The Sacrament (2013)

31 Nights of Horror, Night 2: The Sacrament (2013)

Three sentence review:

Just three years ago, an upcoming horror movie with Eli Roth at top billing would be enough to pique my interest –  but then I discovered budding horror auteur Ti West. West’s The Sacrament follows a young crew of Vice Media employees who visit a colleague’s sister in the utopian, tropical commune of Eden Parish; and the film soon educates younger viewers on the origins of the idiom “drinking the Kool-Aid.”  The Sacrament contrasts West’s previous works in style and pacing, but excels in authenticity, superb acting (Swanberg, Seimetz, and Bowen FOREVAAAA), and that punch-in-the-gut malaise that only stems from knowing the horrific events depicted in the film actually happened.

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The Purge: Anarchy

Bullet proof cars. Revenge. Wall street justice. Eighteen wheelers with giant machine guns. Government conspiracies. What else do you people want from a sequel?

I exited the movie theater after watching The Purge: Anarchy with one overarching thought: “This is a franchise.”

The sequel to The Purge delivered much of what I hoped for in its predecessor. Instead of focusing on one family’s struggle during the annual purge, I got to see a glimpse of what’s going down in the streets. And shit is going down in the streets. 

When I watch a horror flick I want to laugh, feel nervous, and lose myself in an alternate reality. The Purge: Anarchy was deeply satisfying.

Yes, there were moments when I wanted to strangle some of the characters for their stupidity. There were scenes with a little too much dialogue. And, of course, there is the obvious implication that no one in their right mind would be at work or out buying groceries two hours before commencement of the annual purge. But as I always say, this is horror. We forgive implausible situations because as horror fans we choose to accept the impossible.

I truly hope they keep cranking out more sequels because the concept is fresh and the possibilities are infinite. How would you purge? I’d be breaking all sorts of frivolous laws like cutting off mattress tags before they’re bought. Because I’m a rebel.

What’s the Worst Horror Movie Ever?

For me it’s Dark Water from 2005 but I think it’s because that movie punished me. I made my family come with me to see this and was relieved of my movie decision making duties for a good five years.

What do y’all think is the worst horror film of all time? Awesomely bad movies like Troll 2, etc don’t count!