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A group of University students travel to a remote patch of land deep in the Florida swamps to complete their thesis project on native American folklore. These grounds have the power to bring “sins” back to life, to bring the dead back to life, punishing and killing whoever is guilty of serious crimes. As the students quickly find out...past actions can lead to present nightmares.
The movie follows the journey of 5 college students as they trek through the Florida swamps to do a school project on an Indian tribe. They travel down a beautiful river to their destination, a camp. When one of them removes an Indian artifact from its resting place, all hell breaks loose. The 5 friends all become hunted, by their own past.
That's about all you really need to know about this really effective horror film. One of the first things you notice here is just how awesome the cinematography is, it rivals any big budget Hollywood production and is better than most and you have to remember this film was made on a very small budget which makes it that much more impressive. The choice of lighting and camera angles are perfect in each and every scene which really helps in creating the perfect atmosphere. The film has a decent amount of blood in it but that's not what drives the film, the well-written story, developed characters and superb acting is what makes this Indie so special.
The entire cast including, John Kyle won the award for best supporting actor, Jordan Wall and Jessica Blackmore all give amazing performances but it's the entire ensemble that delivers here. Some might get the idea that this is a "The Ruins" rip-off but before you do let me just say that "The Sacred" is what "The Ruins" should of been.
Writer/Director, Jose Zambrano Cassella has orchestrated a piece of Indie cinema that looks, plays and delivers on everything it promises and more. I look forward to seeing what this talented film maker has coming out next. Like any good horror film should "The Sacred" brings the right amount of suspense, scares and blood but it relies on it's amazing cast and engaging story to carry it, you put all those together you come up with a film that is truly something special and a great addition to the Indie scene.
If you're a horror buff you owe it to yourself to check out "The Sacred" today, you are going to be glad you did.
The DVD comes with Bonus Features that include
Audio commentaries by:
Director / Writer - JOSE CASSELLA & producer - SHARON REED
Actors - JESSICA BLACKMORE, DAVID MACKEY & RYAN MARSICO
You can visit Osiris Entertainment's web site HERE to order the film.
"The Sacred" is one of those films that creeps up on you and lands the knock-out punch, I am glad I had the chance to check it out and spread some love.
Released by Osiris Entertainment
**** Out Of *****