The Blessed Ones [Film]

Welcome to Day 5 of our unofficially titled “12 Non-Holiday Films for the Holidays”. For 12 days, we are showcasing 12 amazing non-holiday themed films for those of us who despise holiday films or the whole damned season altogether. Enjoy!

“An isolated cult hiding in a desert enclave prepare for an prophesied apocalypse, led by a charismatic Jim Jones-like leader. As the end of the world allegedly approaches, he binds them all to a suicide pact, in hopes of transcending earth for a new life in paradise. Two dissenters flee through the vast desert wasteland on the eve of the ceremony, hunted by the cult’s enforcer – who will stop at nothing to insure that they keep their part of the bargain.” – October Coast PR


I have always had a fascination with the idea of cults. I personally feel as though I do not have the mentality to follow the path that leads one to eventually give their lives on the orders of some Jim Jones-like leader, but I fully understand that some people are very apt for these scenarios. Mental health is a very serious problem that is continuously being validated in our society, but is also regularly responded to with ridiculousness that is both counter-active and shameful (i.e. it’s a “mental health” issue, not a “gun control” issue. Fuck you Tomi Lauren, it is BOTH). But, that is just me ranting, let’s get into the brilliant film that is The Blessed Ones.

The Blessed Ones is a brilliant independent take of what can happen when lost souls are tricked into believing that the end of days is coming sooner than they expected. Dave Vescio portrays the far the charismatic leader Elyon (which is the most appropriate cult leader name of all time, by the way), who is ultimately responsible for the chaos that ensues. He is absolutely amazing in the film, as well as the film’s real show stealer, the very talented Tamzin Brown, who is probably the most sane person you are going to see on the screen!

Yes, The Blessed Ones is a brilliant little film that was obviously able to pack so much into such a small digital space on a shoe-string budget, and create something truly mesmerizing and entertaining. Even if you are not one those people who is fascinated by the world of cults, you are going to find something to love about this film.


The Blessed Ones is available now on Amazon Prime from Wild Eye Releasing. Check out the trailer here:

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