I decided that I would make a film recs list because I watch a lot of movies and thought that it would be nice to share them. Some are a bit obscure, whereas others are well-known. There are 70+ films, categorized by genre and alphabetically. Enjoy!
Do you have any film recommendations about people in or joining a cult?
I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME
Scientology - Leah Remini’s A&E series, Going Clear, My Scientology Movie, Scientology and Me, The Secrets of Scientology
FLDS - Sons of Perdition, Prophet’s Prey, Banking on Heaven,
Jonestown - Paradise Lost, Deceived: The Jonestown Tragedy, The Life and Death of the People’s Temple, Jonestown (PBS)
Manson Family - The Man Who Killed the 60s, Six Degrees of Helter Skelter. If you like Podcasts, You Must Remember This did a great series on Charles Manson (and is a great podcast that does other topics if ur not into true crime)
Branch Davidian’s - A New Revelation, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, Waco Siege (these are more about the disastrous fallout w/ the FBI but I had to shoutout to my hometown cult lol)
Aum Shinrikyo - A (1998), A2 (2001), The Last Podcast on the Left has a great series about this (and a ton of other cults). Their humor is very like shock jock bro-y though, so def. not for everyone.
Other misc documentaries: Tickled (this is technically not about a cult…. but it’s about a rich dude who sets up “tickle cells” to make tickle fetish porn and it’s fucking crazy!!!!) Jesus Camp, Inside Story: Heaven’s Gate (BBC Doc), The Source Family, Holy Hell, God Willing, The End of the World Cult, Fear is the Master, Death of the Solar Temple
Narrative films about cults: Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Master, Red State, Children of the Corn, Ticket to Heaven, The Sacrament
Here are 31 films I consider to be great horror films. I tried to make the list as diverse as possible, featuring stories from all forms of horror. I also attempted to make this list nearly free of typical Halloween favorite list mainstays (Sorry Freddy) and have more lesser known or celebrated titles. It’s October 4th, so I guess you’re behind already. This list isn’t in any particular order, so have fun. Happy Halloween!
Oh, and some content warnings: many of these films contain graphic violence and gore and in some, sexual violence. Watch at your own risk etc. Each film has it’s trailer linked to it, so take a gander and see what sticks!