A Tour Through The Creepiest Cults In Cinematic History

The third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. By now, you’ve probably emerged from the 13-episode sitcom with a cramp in your side from laughter. At times, though, Kimmy Schmidt’s hilarity distracts from its deeply dark premise. While watching Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) sing and Lillian (Carol Kane) complain, it's easy to forget that for 15 years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) was held captive in a bunker by a crazed cult leader.
Kimmy Schmidt may be the only madcap comedy in existence to focus on a cult survivor, but it’s certainly not the only work of TV or film to examine cults and their repercussions.
From documentaries to psychological thrillers, each of these films also focuses on individuals who have brushes with the darkness and charisma of cults. Some, like Jonestown, look at nearly unbelievable stories pulled straight from the history book. Others, like The Master, offer entirely fictional takes on the cult phenomenon. Either way, like the characters in the films, you'll be drawn in.
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