Prophet's Prey

2015

Prophet's Prey

Critics Consensus

Prophet's Prey finds documentarian Amy Berg striking again at evil masquerading as righteousness -- and, as she did with Deliver Us from Evil, hitting her targets with impressive precision.

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When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, Warren managed to expand these practices and the power of his position in unprecedented ways. He bridged the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically rape, befuddling the moral compass of his entire congregation. The film examines Warren Jeffs' life and shows how he became a worshipped and adored Prophet. Warren has a devout following numbering in the tens of thousands - many of whom would give their life at any moment with just one word from the Prophet. Despite a trail of abuse and ruined lives, Warren has maintained his grip on power.

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  • Berg has a secret weapon in the sermons Jeffs recorded for his flock: his bland, droning voice epitomizes the banality of evil.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A chilling portrait of a megalomaniac.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A film that feels horrifyingly urgent, even as it is, at times, nearly impossible to watch without squirming.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The real story here, as in Deliver Us From Evil and An Open Secret, is that so many people knew what was going on and still did nothing.

    Sep 30, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • Berg lays down a narrative of warped religious authority and patriarchal abuse every bit as chilling as her pedophile priest exposé, "Deliver Us From Evil."

    Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • As horror upon horror unfolds in Prophet's Prey, Amy Berg's shocking documentary about the mad polygamist Warren Jeffs and his followers, one may marvel, in horror, at the elaborate forms that deviancy can take.

    Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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