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Savage Messiah is a pretty good made for TV movie about Canada's version of Charles Manson, "Moise" Roch Theriault. This is a good movie, but one that is hard to watch in terms of its content. The cast do a good job in their parts, and the story is quite good and is based on real events. Seeing this when first released was quite the experience, I had never heard of Theriault and his cult of followers. The guy was a psychopath, a monster and had complete disregard for human life. Savage Messiah is a flawed movie, but it does give you a taste of what went on in the cult, and how monstrous Theriault's crimes were. This is a film that is only worth seeing once, not because it's a horrible movie, but because its subject doesn't warrant multiple viewings. I found the movie to be quite eye opening, and shocking to find out that something this monstrous was happening in my native Canada, but nowadays, it's no shock, because like the rest of the world, we have our fair share of depraved maniacs. Luc Picard delivers a stunning performance in the lead role of Roch Theriault, and the supporting cast are great here as well. For those wanting an effective, well constructed made for TV drama that manages to bring out more than its fair share of good storytelling, aided by its cast, Savage Messiah is a well crafted movie that will probably appeal to those interested in such a subject. This works well in terms of a drama, and it is elevated by the fact that this cult actually existed and the events recreated in this disturbing piece of film happened, which in the end makes Savage Messiah a chilling, unforgettable movie.
for a late night tv movie with actors i dont know this wasnt bad. true story about a cult leader
A well done, disturbing biodrama. Apparently this cult leader, Luc Picard, was killed in prison this year. Kudos to the people involved in that...
This is a thrilling / suspenseful drama based on a true life story about a cult leader who exploited women and children for his own purposes. This is a realistic depiction of cult life and the lengths to which people can go, if there are no constraints on their actions. If you like psychological thrillers based on real life, you will like this one.
Paula Jackson (Polly Walker) is a social worker who takes an active role in intervening with the violence and sexual abuses that Roch Theriault (Luc Picard) imposes on his followers in the commune. Being a victim of domestic violence herself, Jackson understands the vulnerability and fear of the victims and thus has a keen interest in helping those who cannot and do not know to seek help. A diabolic manipulator like Theriault is capable of shredding one's self-image and emptying a person's human dignity for his total control and destruction.
The true story of Mr. Smith... ouch!
This was really good. It's about a cult leader who runs a commune. He's his people horribly, but they believe he's the Messiah, so they take it.
Well-acted, well-told, but overly familiar cautionary tale of cults and the men who lead them.
Some scenes seem to be a bit displaced like the hockey-star-cock talk and when someone comes in the welfare office with her arm cut off, get her to the freaking hospital. Not start to ask therapeutic questions.
a must see tru movie. very disturbing cult movie.
Good film, based on true events. Good profile of cults, etc.