CULT FOLLOWING (2021) Reviews and overview of found-footage comedy horror

 

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‘You follow them. They follow you.’

Cult Following is a 2021 American comedy horror film about documentary filmmakers who are in danger when investigating a mythical cult.

Written and directed by Matt Hartley (Apotheosis). Co-produced by Arpine Nazaryan and Shiv Rajagopal.

The Castle in the Sky production stars Jeannie Elise Mai, Garrett Marchbank, Dina Cataldi, Clem Darling, Kaitlin Cornell Krusoe and Garen Gulbenkian.

Plot:

Rob Regis (Garrett Marchbank), a published author and expert on everything cult-related, for years has been trying to prove the existence of the most sought after, a legendary cult in the world called the Abaddon Disciples. Little to no information is known about them, as they are thought to be folklore, similar to the Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster of the cult world – until now.

After fifteen years of searching and attempting to gather intel, Rob has finally obtained a couple of clues to help discover their potential existence. He hires Tyler Sternberg (Clem Darling), a recent film school graduate and wannabe cinematographer, to document Rob on his journey as he pursues uncovering the secret cult.

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As they both go down the rabbit hole and follow the trail of evidence, they discover the truth about the cult’s supernatural ability and dark magic lore, which results in endangering their lives by not just the cult who wants to keep their existence a secret, but the demon himself, Abaddon, who the cult worships and literally materializes. Together, Tyler and Rob must finish documenting the horrifying rituals and occult magic that the cult has wielded, without getting caught and murdered…

Reviews:

“There were several instances where I felt as though I were watching a comedic found footage film instead of a horror thriller as the concept promises. Sadly though, after those thirty minutes of comedy, it became incredibly apparent to me that Cult Following wasn’t going to go anywhere exciting at all. It just feels like one pointless scene after the other and that’s essentially what it is.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews

“There’s nothing as problematic as a perspective shift that shoves you out of the experience.  But it at least looks somewhat charming. It has that going for it. Cult Following is, at best, a mediocre horror/comedy mockumentary. At worst, it’s a case in point of how not to film a mockumentary.” Joe’s Horror Reviews

Cast and characters:

Jeannie Elise Mai … Leia Harrison
Garrett Marchbank … Robert Regis
Dina Cataldi … Jackie Regis
Clem Darling … Tyler Sternberg
Kaitlin Cornell Krusoe … Bloody-eyed girl
Garen Gulbenkian … Hippie Joe

Technical details:

87 minutes
Aspect ratio: 16:9 HD

Trailer: