A topic that has always fascinated me is the idea that a group of people can be seduced by a charismatic leader or leaders to an extent where they disregard absolutely everything they know and fully believe what the leaders claim to be true. Of course, this sort of self sacrifice to that kind of lifestyle is a perfect opportunity for on goings that may only be seen in the realms of a horror film. So I was delighted to discover that Wandering Through the Shelve‘s weekly theme was Cults and Secret Societies. Here’s my 3 picks and a couple of notable mentions:
- The Wicker Man (1973) A British classic. Robin Hardy’s folklore tale sees Police Sergeant Howie, a strong Christian, travel to a Scottish island on a missing person’s case. Whilst there he uncovers the truth about the residents of the isalnd: they’re all part of a twisted, sadistic pagan cult. Terrific performances all round, especially from the entrancing leader played by Christopher Lee, The Wicker Man is both fascinating and haunting and definitely worth a place on this list.
- Sound of my Voice (2011) This psycholgical thriller follows Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius) as they attempt to uncover a cult leader (Brit Marling) who claims to have come from a war-stricken future. But when one of them begins falling under the leader’s spell, will the other be able to finish what they started? A smart and dark psychological thriller that is definitely one to watch.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) After watching the two above, you’ll need something with a blend of comedy and action to set you right. Kingsman follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who is drafted to join a sect of secret soldiers fighting for Her Majesty. Amazing performances from Egerton and Colin Firth and a really fun plot.
That’s my three main picks but some more spooky, notable mentions that couldn’t go unsaid:
- Rosemary’s Baby
- Kill List