Watch This Insane “Jonestown” Doc After ‘The Sacrament’

Jonestown- The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Prepare for some real-life horrors.

By now many of you have already seen Ti West’s The Sacrament (review #1, review #2), now on iTunes and VOD platforms, with a limited theatrical run beginning on June 6.

What many of you may not know is that the movie – starring Joe Swanberg (V/H/S, You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), AJ Bowen (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die, The House of the Devil, The Signal), Kentucker Audley (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Tiny Furniture) and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men) – is inspired by the real-life horror story of Jonestown.

After you’ve had the chance to see The Sacrament, come right back here to Bloody Disgusting and check out Stanley Nelson’s 2006 PBS documentary “Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”.

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. It is said to be the most thorough, comprehensive, complete story of Jonestown.

For those of you who aren’t aware of the history, prepare for a serious gut punch.

  • mav07

    such an awful story. hard to believe its true.

    • Ass Hat

      Yeah, you couldn’t make this stuff up. The quote “truth is stranger than fiction” was created for events like Jonestown.

  • Jack Derwent

    How can someone watch ‘Sacrament’ and *not* know about Jonestown ahead of time?

  • Aaron Reason

    here’s a better copy of the documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQ5KBzD8w0

  • Ass Hat

    The tale of Jim Jones is one of the most fascinating and disturbing stories of its time. I saw this doc a couple of years ago and couldn’t look away from it. Very thought provoking. There are some recordings on YouTube of a few of his sermons and they’re interesting to hear. For a guy with that amount of charisma and power over people, you have to wonder if he had mass suicide on his mind years before it happened.