Split Image Reviews

  • Jan 17, 2020

    This movie was made in 1982. Back then cults were a problem in many communities and this movie was very good for its time. It has held up okay better than other films in the same time period. It seems to be underestimated and long forgotten. Cults are not as big of deal today as there were in the late 70's early 80's so perhaps that is part of it. This film gives a small peek at some of the tactics used to brainwash people and get them involved in cults. I enjoy this movie as I saw it at a young age and never forgot James Woods foul mouthed rant during the de-programming of "Danny/Joshua". Watching it years later I still enjoy this movie. It is an interesting topic to me on how people get involved in cults.

    This movie was made in 1982. Back then cults were a problem in many communities and this movie was very good for its time. It has held up okay better than other films in the same time period. It seems to be underestimated and long forgotten. Cults are not as big of deal today as there were in the late 70's early 80's so perhaps that is part of it. This film gives a small peek at some of the tactics used to brainwash people and get them involved in cults. I enjoy this movie as I saw it at a young age and never forgot James Woods foul mouthed rant during the de-programming of "Danny/Joshua". Watching it years later I still enjoy this movie. It is an interesting topic to me on how people get involved in cults.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    I lived this in Potters House. Even the van scene (Holfords Van).

    I lived this in Potters House. Even the van scene (Holfords Van).

  • Dec 27, 2018

    Has not aged well. The only passable performance is by James Woods, who has also not aged well.

    Has not aged well. The only passable performance is by James Woods, who has also not aged well.

  • Jul 15, 2014

    I love movies about cults, and this is by far the best I've seen. Gripping and harrowing, yet not without a healthy dose of early 80s melodramatic cheese. James Woods is a hoot to watch in what may possibly be his (unintentionally) sleaziest role to date, hamming it up tremendously while looking like a late 70s porn star and/or cocaine dealer. But I digress, this movie is otherwise extremely well acted and written, and is a very lifelike representation of being lured into a messianic cult. I do have to point out that I am a huge fan of the early 00's sitcom,Strangers With Candy, my favorite episode being the one about a religious cult. When I pushed play, I had no idea that that episode was an entirely dead-on spoof of this movie, which incidentally, features Deborah Rush, who portrayed the stepmother in Strangers With Candy. That may have been the reason for the half-star in my rating: catching things throughout the movie that the scenes from the show were spoofing.

    I love movies about cults, and this is by far the best I've seen. Gripping and harrowing, yet not without a healthy dose of early 80s melodramatic cheese. James Woods is a hoot to watch in what may possibly be his (unintentionally) sleaziest role to date, hamming it up tremendously while looking like a late 70s porn star and/or cocaine dealer. But I digress, this movie is otherwise extremely well acted and written, and is a very lifelike representation of being lured into a messianic cult. I do have to point out that I am a huge fan of the early 00's sitcom,Strangers With Candy, my favorite episode being the one about a religious cult. When I pushed play, I had no idea that that episode was an entirely dead-on spoof of this movie, which incidentally, features Deborah Rush, who portrayed the stepmother in Strangers With Candy. That may have been the reason for the half-star in my rating: catching things throughout the movie that the scenes from the show were spoofing.

  • Sep 10, 2012

    Brilliant and insightful movie about a boy who is rescued from a cult and must be deprogrammed.

    Brilliant and insightful movie about a boy who is rescued from a cult and must be deprogrammed.