Tag: Ti West

October 18, 2018 / / Main Slate Archive

Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Because of its past and the rumors swirling around it, a building — like Shirley Jackson’s Hill House or Robert Bloch’s Bates Motel — can suggest to an impressionable mind, an evil presence. A person stuck such a place for a whole weekend with a guy who tells her he saw the ghost of a dead woman there might be on edge. If she gets little sleep, drinks a bunch of crappy beer, and struggles with bouts of asthma, she might careen right off the edge.


In the thirty-six years since Jonestown we have been left with just as many questions as we have answers.  Though the fascination with the mass suicide has persisted over these years, film has not focused its lens on these tragedies.  In Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT he explores Jonestown, through a very close fictional approximation of the People’s Temple settlement, and the events directly preceding the deaths.