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[Video Interview] AJ Bowen & Joe Swanberg Play Against Type in ‘The Sacrament’

The Sacrament is really one of this year’s success stories for me (as you can see by my review). I think it’s the best work Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S) has done to date and it also features a surprising performance from AJ Bowen (A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next). He’s not playing the smarmy good natured villain here (he’s of course done other kinds of roles before – I’m just talking about some of his more well known parts), instead he’s positioned as the audience’s POV. His Sam is a fully rounded character, but he’s also our access point. We see what’s to like, and what’s not to like, about Eden Parish through his eyes.

Joe Swanberg (A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next, Drinking Buddies) isn’t in the film as much since he’s operating the camera a good chunk of the time. But when he does appear, especially for an extended heroic turn near the end of the film, he’s also playing against type. He has a tendency to be cast as the jerk (which he’s great at), but here he proves equally adept at embodying someone more morally centered.

The Sacrament is now on iTunes and VOD platforms, with a limited theatrical run beginning on June 6.Check out my interview with these two below.



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