Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

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Air date: Dec 3, 2020

The inception of the group dates back to 1970s Oregon, where founding members Bonnie Nettles and Marshall Applewhite begin to recruit individuals interested in end-of-the-world Christianity, new age religion and UFOs.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2020

Bonnie and Marshall -- who call themselves Ti and Do -- enforce strict rules of no family communication; after Ti dies from cancer in 1985, a distraught Do briefly allows members to visit their families, and a few consider leaving the group for good.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2020

Using a sci-fi TV series to help bolster his teachings, Do encourages asexuality and submission, and he even initiates voluntary castrations; having dwindled in number, the group starts recruiting again, but they're met with derision and skepticism.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2020

The arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet spurs the group members to prepare for their departure; after the authorities are alerted, Heaven's Gate becomes a pop culture phenomenon, but the suicides have a very different effect on those closest to them.

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Cast & Crew

Amy Entelis
Executive Producer
Chris Bannon
Executive Producer
J. Clay Tweel
Executive Producer
Eric Spiegelman
Executive Producer
Lyle Gamm
Executive Producer
Ross M. Dinerstein
Executive Producer
Shannon E. Riggs
Executive Producer
Peter Clowney
Executive Producer
Erik Diehn
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  • Jun 24, 2021
    A fairly in depth look at Marshall Applewhite and the Heaven's Gate Cult. The documentary uses interviews, expert analysis, and archived footage to cover the rise of the cult through the tragic mass suicide event 22 years in the making. It is informative and a look at the sociology of the members. My main criticism of it is that it is a little boring and could have been done in two parts our even one instead of dragging it out over 4. Not much is gained by the length, except to reinforce the essential points and show how odd this entire tragedy was. Additionally, the score throughout is overly dramatic and out of place accompanying most of the details explored.
  • May 29, 2021
    Extremely well done; this 4 part series is a very in-depth history about the two founders, the cult's foundations in Christianity and science fiction; but it's also heartbreaking in regard to how people could so senselessly (and seemingly inevitably) sacrifice their lives for such a bizarre "cause".
  • Feb 22, 2021
    The documentary gave a very good overview of Heaven's gate and how they formed. Cult docs are very interesting. Was fascinating how different the leadership was in Heaven's gate, but that may be why they really only had 30-80ish members most of the time. A very good reminder that intelligence is not enough in and of itself to avoid cults. Do wish the Doc would have focused a bit more on the epistemology. Why did Sawyer really think it was true still? Well worth the time.
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Great cult documentary. Brings the crazy effectively. Nice length. Enough to settle in and enjoy, but not excessive.

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