The Sacrament ★★★★

A strong start to Glasgow FrightFest '14 continued with the latest film from popular director Ti West.

Now this was one film I was fairly clued in on before it started. Though I expected a more traditional 'found footage' horror film set within the world of religious cults, it was surprising to actually be watching more of a faux documentary.

The great pairing of AJ Bowen and Joe Swanberg play two internet journalists journeying to a remote commune to help a friend reunite with his sister within. They and their cameras are met with suspicion but earn enough trust to arrange an interview with enigmatic leader Father (a terrific Gene Jones).

West kept me guessing as to where this is all heading but once we start to realise, that didn't stop me being horrified when things turn dark.

I know Eli Roth gets a lot of stick but his role as producer on indie projects should get more praise. He basically financed this and kept his beak out. West gets final cut and creative freedom. Wish there was more of that.

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