Tuesday, September 13, 2016

HOLY HELL

This movie is on netflix and was released last year. It is the story of a cult-one that the director Will Allen and his siblings were in for over twenty years. It has a sort of mesmerizing pull because as a viewer you cannot see the charisma the leader seems to have for his followers. Some of the oddities-he has over 200 followers at one point and they are all good looking--that seems to be a requirement. He himself, not sure of what his real name was-mostly stalks around, posing and putting on theatricals.All of the disciples seem to need someone to tell them what to do. Even when he's exposed for various sins, some of them don't have enough "self" to leave him. Interesting for the amateur sociologist but not really a recommendation. They seem insanely happy a lot of the time--maybe that's enough.

18 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Sounds really intriguing, Patti. I've always found the psychological hold that cult leaders have to be interesting.

George said...

Cults seem to be everywhere. They control their followers in various ways. But the followers seem to seek guidance and direction above everything else.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, I think cults thrive because of a need on the part of the members to be dominated.

Anonymous said...

Replace "cult leader" with "Donald Trump" and "200 followers" with "40% of the voting population" and I see no reason to change much else (except maybe the good-looking part--meow!).

--Deb

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

I'll see if its on the UK version of Netflix - ta!

pattinase (abbott) said...

If he makes them act in theatricals, you got it.

Anonymous said...

Am i the only person in the world who genuinely thinks Donald Trump is a jolly good fellow and would make a great president ! ?.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Ha ha

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

That Cap'n Bob, what a kidder.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

That Cap'n Bob, what a kidder.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Ha ha

Richard Robinson said...

Jeff seems to be stuttering this morning. Cults are awful, in any way, shape or form and by any other name. I saw a documentary on Jones and his group and it was scary, especially the aftermath. Don't think I'd watch a film about a cult, after that.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

For some inexplicable reason, whenever I post here from my phone it double posts and I don't know why.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

I watched about half of this and couldn't watch anymore. I can't believe how gullible some people can be. I'm just too cynical to be taken in by a cult leader.

Richard Robinson said...

Those are the devil's devices, Jeff. Go back to sending telegrams, like the rest of us.

Cap'n Bob said...

I'm not the author of the anonymous post. I'm disappointed that someone would choose this post to complain about Trump when the cult of Hitlery is every bit as despicable and mindless. I'd say more but--kaff kaff--my allergies are acting up. No, wait, I'm overheated. Well, really, I have pneumonia.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The only way I can get rid of this troll is to make all of you do handstands to post a comment. Close to doing that though.

Cap'n Bob said...

I spent time in a cult. People joined because they were vulnerable and looking for direction and purpose. Cult recruiters are experts at lying to these people and feed them a lot of acceptance but little information at first. Before you know it the cult becomes the center of your life, then your life itself. When that happens it can be difficult to escape.