There have been many documentaries made about radical and potentially dangerous religious cults throughout the years, but “Holy Hell“ — which made its debut at this year’s Sundance — has something that makes it stand out from the rest of the “cult-gone-wrong” docs: The film’s director was once a true believer.
Directed by first-timer Will Allen, the film chronicles the filmmaker’s time in The Buddha Field, a Los Angeles cult led by a mysterious leader simply named The Teacher. Using actual VHS footage shot by Allen when he was in the cult, “Holy Hell” shows the rise and fall of what The Teacher referred to as an “anti-cult.” Jared Leto is executive-producing the film, and presumably he didn’t get up to his “Suicide Squad” antics here.
You can watch the trailer for “Holy Hell” below. It opens in limited release on May 20th.