Not bad a little cheese. A lot of blood. Put the knifes away before viewing this movie. Hey, you got something in your eye. oops.
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Words fail me
Music Lover in Omaha | Omaha, Ne | 08/12/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"What was I thinking when I picked this one up? What were they thinking when they made this? What are you thinking reading a review of this piece of crap? Run, and forget you ever heard of this movie. Horrible script (I guess they had a script), bad acting, laughable special effects and music that was probably from the cutting room floor of 'The Exorcist.' I don't know what to say about this film. It was just bad. Don't watch it. There is no excuse for a film this bad. Even if you're into mindless violence or gore or gratuitous nudity..Pass on this. There is none. There is some fake blood to be sure, but you never actually see what happens. There was one good thing though. I was kind of happy when that annoying Professor Esterbrook got killed. Man, she was abnoxious. Okay, I'm done beating on this sick dog. I say, move on and find something else to watch. Anything. Stare at a blank TV screen for an hour and a half."
S. Foster | Indianapolis, IN | 04/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Could not even finish it...so horrible and so lame. I love cheesy horror but this was just way too slow and stupid."
Plenty of problems, but watchable nonetheless
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 07/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe the dark and edgy version of Rachel Minor turned my head or something, but I have to admit I found Cult to be a quite watchable film. I'm not saying the story is solid (it isn't) or that the plot doesn't jump over many an illogical pothole (it does), but I would argue that there are plenty of horror films worse than this one.
The "Cult" of the title is centered on the worship of Kwan Ying, an long-dead Chinese maiden who was brutally slain by her own father for getting pregnant with a lower class man's child; the old man was so ashamed that he cut out both of his daughter's eyes before stabbing her in the abdomen, the whole point of which was to destroy her soul along with her body. Young Kwan Ying, however, was chanting over an amulet while she died, which somehow saved her soul or something. Fast forwarding to the present day, we learn that the amulet was finally discovered twenty years ago by a mysterious fellow named Owen Quinlin. Quinlin thought he could extract great power from the amulet by arranging for a bunch of hot young ladies to ritually sacrifice themselves for him - and it would have worked, were it not for one brave victim who refused to let him take her soul.
You would think that a twenty-year-old massacre at a local temple would sort of stick in the memory of people, but the whole bloody matter has somehow moved into the class of legend, the cult all but forgotten. Until, that is, college student Mindy (Rachel Minor) convinces four of her classmates to make a study of the Quinlin cult for a group project in religion class. Her professor doesn't think it's a good idea, but Mindy is determined to see it through - even after one of her group members ends up dead in an eerily Kwan Ying-like way.
So far, so good. From this point on, though, the film just doesn't try hard enough. We already know what Mindy doesn't - namely, why she is so obsessed with the cult massacre - and, unfortunately, this means we also pretty much know how everything is going to play out in the end. There is a half-hearted attempt to develop some of the other characters, but all of them remain pretty stereotypical and - in one case - incredibly juvenile and annoying. As for the jade amulet at the center of everything, its power is never really explained.
There is plenty to nit-pick and complain about with Cult, what with people and objects being magically transported to different places, a bloody crime scene that still hasn't been cleaned up days after the victim was declared a suicide, the least developed possible love triangle ever, and the whole story rapidly plunging headfirst down the rabbit hole on its way to a wholly illogical conclusion. I can forgive a lot of that, but I don't think there is any possible justification for the "Dancing Bear" scene. Still, the story - weak as it was - kept me interested, there was a decent amount of blood, and Rachel Miner is pretty hot, so Cult is by no means a total loss of a horror film."
A Little Fact Checking Goes A Long Way...
Tropicalwolf | Ohio, USA | 05/05/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The ONLY reason this movie even rates one star is for its soundtrack. Other than that, it was a complete waste of time. The opening scene has a guy in MOTORCYCLE boots apparently searching southern China and finding a grave with an amulet (not to mention a fake skull - closed eye sockets?). From that lame point on, the movie declines into a total mess. The story is never believable and the reality/fantasy mix is TERRIBLE. Random teleportation throughout the movie? Police crime scene team "misses" a HUGE charm necklace in the space of a bathroom stall? Come on! What should I have expected from a movie staring an outspoken Wiccan? The movie further insults other religions in furtherance of its plot. Terrible. Just Terrible."