Tag Archives: Cults


The Source Family

Most cults have a very similar life cycle: the early days are filled with bliss and optimism but darkness and turmoil eventually emerge and the group falls apart. Thus, it’s inevitable that a lot of documentaries about these groups feel like they are following the exact same template.  Although the events …


Holy Hell Buddhafield

Holy Hell (2016) is a cult documentary that’s predictable in many ways but surprising in other deep and challenging ways.  After graduating from college, Will Allen wandered into a Los Angeles new age cult called Buddhafield in 1985.  The group was led by Michel Rostand—a well-tanned disciplinarian who rarely wore more than …