I think it’s fair to say that here at Movie Ramblings, we are all big (and we mean big) fans of horror director Ti West.

Sure, his misfire 2009 Cabin Fever 2 didn’t exactly mark him out as one to watch, but let us not forget that West himself removed his name from the film after extensive reshoots and edits by the producers.

But since then West has been on one of the biggest rolls in modern genre history, having helmed hands-down classics House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers.

And what a double bill they are, with House positively dripping in 80s flavour with a witchcraft tale to boot, while The Innkeepers took haunted house horror to a whole new level.

The Delaware-born director has even found time to oversee the ‘Second Honeymoon’ segment of recent anthology hit V/H/S, put together the letter M sequence for The ABCs Of Death, as well as starring in upcoming riot You’re Next, which I’ve given a ludicrously positive review to elsewhere on this site.

All this taken into consideration, it is hardly surprising that we await West’s latest effort, The Sacrament, with bated breath.

Well, the great news is the past few days have seen the first few details (and a still) emerge for the film, which up until then was clouded in a cloak of secrecy.

Starring the familiar faces of AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz and  Joe Swanberg (who all pop up in You’re Next), the film follows a pair of media correspondents, who set out to document their friend’s search for his missing sister.

So far, so reasonably normal, but before long they find themselves in an undisclosed location known as Eden Parish, a rural utopia where its 200 members are ruled by a mysterious figure known as ‘Father’.

Unsurprisingly, this utopia soon reveals itself to be not all it seems, with the promise of ‘a harrowing journey into madness and messianic bloodshed’.

The film is about to do the rounds at some film festivals in North America, so let’s hope somebody picks it up for these shores – and fast.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle