5.2/10
327
13 user 22 critic

Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)

Guyana: Crime of the Century (original title)
Reverend Jim Jones, the priest of an independent church in the South American country Guyana, orders his followers to commit suicide. But not all of them follow him blindly and begin to think on their own.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Rev. Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara
The Blob (1988)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A ragtag group of adventurers, including a former Nazi, is led by a half-maddened grizzled treasure hunter who wants a second chance to find the mythical treasure of the Amazon, after his first mission went terrible wrong.

Director: René Cardona Jr.
Stars: Stuart Whitman, Donald Pleasence, Bradford Dillman
Jonestown (2013)
Short | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A thriller that dramatizes the last 24 hours in the lives of Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple Church through the eyes of a reporter.

Director: David B. Berget
Stars: Kym Jackson, Leandro Cano, William Russ
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor
El Topo (1970)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta
Jonestown: Paradise Lost (TV Movie 2007)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk
Stars: Ted Biggs, Stephan Jones, Vernon Gosney
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Stanley Nelson
Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.

Director: René Cardona Jr.
Stars: Susan George, Hugo Stiglitz, Andrés García
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Millionaire playboy Hugo (whose lack of facial expressions give him the appearance of a Thundercat marionette) flies around Acapulco in his private helicopter to pick up sexy young women. ... See full summary »

Director: René Cardona Jr.
Stars: Anjanette Comer, Hugo Stiglitz, Zulma Faiad
Jonestown (2016)
Drama

"JONESTOWN" is a dramatization of the story of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple which ended tragically in the infamous mass suicide of over 900 American citizens in 1978. The story follows ... See full summary »

Director: Robin S. Boyd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Congressman Leo Ryan
...
Dave Cole
...
Richard Gable
...
Dr. Gary Shaw
Jennifer Ashley ...
Anna Kazan
...
Susan Ames
Nadiuska ...
Leslie Stevens
...
Ron Harvey
Erika Carlsson ...
Marilyn Johnson
...
Oliver Ross
Hugo Stiglitz ...
Cliff Robson
Carlos East ...
Mike Sheldon
Eduardo Bea ...
Reporter
Juan Luis Galiardo ...
Reporter
Edit

Storyline

This horrific dramatization of the Guyana tragedy traces the steps of Reverend Jim Jones, a highly charismatic, but profoundly paranoid clergyman, who after years of evangelism and good deeds, begins his own church in the mid-western United States. When Jim Jones becomes increasingly obsessed with the belief that the CIA is "a wicked enemy" who is out to get him, he emigrates with his congregation to Guyana, where he plans to create a utopia. But Jim Jones' utopia consists of a society where he demands his followers turn their minds, bodies and possessions over to him, one that is rife with orgies, physical violence, mental torture, and sexual abuse of children and adults. Ultimately, Jim Jones' paranoia reaches a fevered pitch that culminates in him taking savage action against his own congregation. Written by VCI Home Video

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The movie that dares to tell the truth behind the most shocking crime of the century!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

25 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guyana: Cult of the Damned  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?


Soundtracks

Time To Love
Written by Alfredo Diaz Ordaz
Performed by Robertha
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the better true-crime stories ever made
26 March 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I keep getting this movie confused with "Guyana Tragedy", the TV movie based on the Jim Jones incident. But this is a fantastic film, truly bone-chilling and bizarre! I just saw it on TV (on FOX, of all places!) and could not believe how well-made it was. Having heard mostly negative reviews of the film, I am glad to say that they were all wrong. For the most part, "Cult of the Damned" is a lot more accurate than the TV movie and being a theatrical feature, can actually show more of the massacre than a TV movie's restricted budget and audience. Try to find this on TV sometime or even better, search for it on video! It's long out of print, but well worth the time to look around!


7 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Guyana: Cult of the Damned Vs. The Story of Jim Jones PACman66
Any idea how to find this uncut? Slithis2
Discuss Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?