On November 18, 1978 Jim Jones, leader of the People's Temple, led his followers into the largest mass suicide in modern history. Inventing the cyanide kool aid party, the sum total of lives lost during this tragedy accumulated to 918 casualties, a third of the victims were children. With a mere 33 survivors escaping into the Guyana jungle for cover, this horrific tragedy will be forever known as, "The #Jonestown Massacre."
In true #horror fan fashion, what better way to commemorate the tragedy of such terrible events than to binge out on our favorite cult-inspired horror/#thriller movies? None. If you answered that, I apologize — it was rhetorical. Obviously there is no better way for a horror fan to mourn historical tragedies than to binge.
In lieu of notoriously beloved cult-inspired classics like Rosemary's Baby, Suspiria or The Wicker Man, check out these 10 modern horror thrillers based on deadly fictitious cults:
10. The Last Exorcism
Ashley Bell's performance is nothing short of breathtaking in director Daniel Stamm's #TheLastExorcism. Documenting just the first stages of demonic possession, this film is followed by a badass sequel and a third chapter currently in production.
9. The Invitation
There's nothing quite like going to your creepy-ass ex wife's dinner party with your new girlfriend for date night. What could possibly go wrong? I know I for one thoroughly enjoy going to dinner parties seething with Heaven's Gate-good times and Manson family-esque fun time activities with someone I used to ball and their wacko friends. Accept #TheInvitation, you won't be disappointed.
8. She Who Must Burn
In efforts to help save a victim of domestic violence (Jewel Staite, Firefly), one dedicated women's services worker (Sarah Smyth, Supernatural) heads off against a family of religious extremists in Larry Kent's controversial new thriller, She Who Must Burn.
7. House Of The Devil
Totally retro in all the right ways, #TheHouseOfTheDevil is a marvelous homage to the golden age of horror and literally a modern-day cult classic. Currently streaming on Hulu, Ti West's The House of the Devil is a devilish treat for any fan of '70s and '80s "Satanic panic" and babysitter slashers.
6. Holy Ghost People
The Holy Ghost People is a fictitious reimagining of a 1967 documentary of the same name. Directed by Mitchell Altieri, #HolyGhostPeople features incredible performances from horror hottie Joe Egender (The Violent Kind, Hunger), as well as the beautiful Emma Greenwell (Shameless, Pride Prejudice and Zombies). Currently streaming on Hulu, make sure to add this title to your watch list.
5. Starry Eyes
#StarryEyes is a complete instructional guide on selling your soul to make it in show biz and I couldn't have adored it anymore. Snarky, desperate and grotesque — you're going to dig this one.
4. Silent Hill
The largest budgeted film on the list, #SilentHill is a live-action adaptation of the video game franchise by the same name. You really should have, but in case you didn't already, now you know.
3. The Sacrament
Although it is unofficial, #TheSacrament was indeed inspired by the Jonestown Massacre and the film follows along with the events that transpired very closely. Directed by Ti West, this found footage movie is a deeply insightful homage to the victims of that fateful day.
2. Last Shift
Anthony Diblasi's 2014 indie horror film #LastShift is one of the most underappreciated fright films to date. Allusions to the Manson family and their crimes, satanic occult (the demon Paimon, if you wish to get technical), daddy issues and a first night literally from hell, Last Shift is guaranteed to give you the spooks, so don't waste watching this one with the lights on.
Hands down one of my favorite movies of all time, #Martyrs is one of the most brutally raw and iniquitously poetic films that I (or possibly even you) have ever seen. Before you watch, make sure your have the original French-Canadian 2008 release of the film. It was censored and repackaged into a 'Murican remake in 2015 and although Troian Bellisario was flawless, the remake sadly fell terribly short (as they often do).
Now before you get carried away trying to pledge yourself into one of these fictional followings, be sure to take the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Stay weird, horror fiends!