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Savage Messiah (2002)

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Jackson
Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
Isabelle Blais ...
Vern (as Justin Louis)
Isabelle Cyr ...
Julie La Rochelle ...
Elizabeth Robertson ...
Domini Blythe ...
John Dunn-Hill ...
Old man in farm
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Tony Robinow ...
Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ...
Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover ...
Rod's Wife
Grocery Store Owner / Clerk


Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers. Written by Anonymous

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He promised them...Love, Healing, SALVATION See more »


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 April 2002 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bestie  »

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CAD 4,200,000 (estimated)

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Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick, he was 63 years old (1947-2011). See more »


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Written by Giovanni Capurro, Eduardo Di Capua & Alfredo Mazzucchi
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Creepy and Disturbing!
2 March 2003 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

The subject matter of the film is pretty gritty, compelling stuff. It was very hard to watch at times. The main character, the commune leader is played perfectly by Luc Picard. He's EXTREMELY creepy, and gets creepier as his world starts to fall apart. The courtroom sequence where one of the little girls tells in explicit detail the kind of debauchery that's been passing for recreational activity at the commune is absolutely disgusting. The cult leader's final attempts to regain control of his commune are deeply disturbing.

There's something unique about Canadian films. The early Cronenberg films had it... like Rabid, Scanners and Videodrome. Strange Brew had it. This movie has bags of it. It's kind of a 16mm vibe. There are also scenes that are simple and yet brutally honest that are used to develop character, break the tension and probably fill out a lean script. For instance, there's a scene in a bar where a group of women are hanging out. One of the women begins to tell a story about going out to find a man for the night. She's pretty obnoxious about it, using a lot of colorful language to describe her sexual needs. This story goes on and on, much longer than it would in any Hollywood film, but therein lies the real entertainment here.

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