Not to be confused with Ti West’s starts-off-great-then-blows-the-ending The Sacrament, Sacrament is an ultra-low budget offering that takes us back to cannibal culture.

It also has a sad hook, being the last film appearance of Texas Chainsaw Massacre icon Marilyn Burns before she sadly passed away earlier this year.

The set-up is pretty simple, and something we have seen many times before – a bunch of faintly annoying characters jump in their cars and decide to head on a bit of a road trip.

While traveling through Texas, the gang elect to make a stop-off in Middle Spring, a town that seems to take a particular delight in religious fervour – and barbecue.

I am pretty sure we can all see where this is going and, yep you’ve guessed it, before long our bunch of party-lovers realise that they may actually be the ones on the menu….

With such little money to work with (roughly $25,000 it would appear), writer/director Shawn Ewert deserves credit for putting this whole thing together, even if the constraints do shine through on a number of occasions – most notably in some of the worst green screen stuff I have seen in a long time.

The acting also leaves a LOT to be desired at times, although it is only natural to dial down expectations when faced with a film like this.

But there are also elements that offer something a bit different – for starters, the two leads in the film are a gay male couple, a decision from Ewert that has to be applauded (and certainly adds a fresh slant on the genre).

In addition, the gang of potential chow are all, and I want to make sure I word this correctly, what I would call ‘regular Joes’ – not the airbrushed, sexualised fodder you often see crop up.

Ewert also doesn’t hold back when it comes to the gore, even if some of it comes up looking a bit hokey.

Burns’ role is a minor one, turning up as a waitress at a gas station/diner, where she is also joined by fellow Texas Chainsaw alumni Ed Guinn (the lorry driver who scarpers from Leatherface in the 1974 classic in case you need reminding).

So there is stuff to recommend here, and I would certainly say Sacrament is worth watching if you need a quick, disposable horror fix.

Just don’t expect anything great.

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Simon Fitzjohn

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 two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.