This true crime docuseries follows India Oxenberg as she grapples with her experiences in NXIVM, a self-help organization which turned out to be a sex cult. [more inside]
The Vow: At Cause Season 1, Ep 3
Sarah confides to Mark about DOS, a secret group involving "masters" and "slaves," and struggles in her relationships with NXIVM, her husband and her best friend; Sarah and Mark lament how many members they've recruited and question what to do next. [more inside]
The Vow: Viscera Season 1, Ep 2
After seven years, Bonnie leaves NXIVM for Los Angeles and tries desperately to get through to Mark, who reassures her all is well; Mark remains loyal to Keith and NXIVM, but a series of phone calls begins to sow doubt within him. [more inside]
The Vow: The Science of Joy Season 1, Ep 1
Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson, high-ranking former NXIVM leaders, describe the dream and mission of NXIVM to build a better world; Bonnie Piesse, Mark's wife, tells him she is worried about the organization and leader Keith Raniere. [more inside]
Strange Angel: Aeon Season 2, Ep 7
Susan and Patty's relationship reaches a breaking point when Susan learns of her sister's indiscretions - nevertheless, they must join forces to use Virgil as a means to an end. After Marisol receives devastating news, she gains a new perspective on her relationship with Richard. Jack has a chance to get back into the military's good graces, but the conditions may be too tough to swallow. Jack's power within the Agape rises to new heights; however, the arrival of a new prospective tenant at the Parsonage threatens to change all that. [Season finale] [more inside]
Strange Angel: The Tower Season 2, Ep 6
Following the party at the Parsonage, Jack must strike a dangerous bargain, while the police investigate the Agape. Meanwhile, Richard, Chiang and Mesulam are sent to London for a military research project, where Richard goes to great lengths to clear Jack's name. Devastating truths come to light, putting Jack and Susan's future in doubt, and relationships continue to change. [more inside]
Strange Angel: The Hanged Man Season 2, Ep 5
Facing increasing suspicions from the federal government, Jack tries to clear the air with a summer dinner party and everyone is invited! Ernest pushes Jack to find his true path. "A man of fire should not be bowing before a man of clay."
Strange Angel: The Wheel of Fortune Season 2, Ep 4
Jack's earns Ernest's loyalty but divides the rest of the devout. Marisol confronts her father about the secret that destroyed their family as Richard deals with his broken heart by diving deeper into the rocketry project. Meanwhile, when Susan's attempt to use bureaucracy to the group's benefit hits a roadblock, she turns to Ernest in hopes of putting a stop to Virgil's harassment once and for all.
Strange Angel: The Lovers Season 2, Ep 3
When Jack's secret notebook goes missing, he looks for guidance, and seeks out Ernest's help to deal with the situation, while Susan attempts to mollify their conservative, upper crust neighbors. Virgil turns the screws to his confidant. "I do love a good propaganda film. Everything is so black and white. If only life were so simple."
Strange Angel: The Fool Season 2, Ep 1
Two years since the events in season one of Strange Angel, the U.S. Military offers Jack, Richard and their team a classified mission that could turn the tide of World War II, but which comes with increased scrutiny of Jack's personal life. As Jack strives to straddle the worlds of mysticism and science, Virgil Byrne's crusade against the beliefs of Jack and Susan, they offer the religious family safe haven, and find a familiar face returns.
Strange Angel: The Magus Season 2, Ep 2
Ernest's intentions are questioned, and alliances shift with new revelations. Richard seeks Marison's family, and finds more than he anticipated, and has more questions. Patty works to become a valued participant in the war effort, and at home. Jack finds help from an unlikely source.
Strange Angel: The Sacrificial Dance Season 1, Ep 10
When Jack receives an invitation to ascend to the next degree, the Parsons must decide if this is what they both want for their future. After uncovering the truth about her own past, Susan is forced to deal with the chilling revelation back in the real world. Richard and Jack finally find common ground, rallying the Suicide Club for a dangerous final demonstration. Jack has all he needs except for one crucial element.
Strange Angel: Sacrament of the Ancestors Season 1, Ep 9
Susan turns to the religion that seemed to hold so much for Jack, while he becomes increasingly disenchanted it, with so much promised yet so little delivered. Richard and his rocket team hit a massive stumbling block, forcing Richard to invite Jack and Susan out to a lavish dinner in an attempt to gain Jack's help. But Jack has been offered a promotion at Pueblo Powder and must decide between providing Susan with the life she always wanted or burying the hatchet...
Strange Angel: Evocation of the Elders Season 1, Ep 8
Richard goes alone to present the team's proposal at the Department of War. But without Jack there to do the talking, Richard looks elsewhere to find the confidence he needs. Meanwhile, Jack continues to drift away from Susan, skipping work to go on a spontaneous road trip with a troubled Ernest. Meanwhile, Susan searches for answers behind Jack's behavior by confronting Jack's mother Ruth and the potential source of all Jack's troubles.
Strange Angel: Glorification of The Chosen One Season 1, Ep 7
While Richard and the rocketry team leave's Jack and his work for more conventional pursuits, Jack turns to other means to convince General Braxton that reaching the moon isn't just comic book fantasy. Susan's concerns about Jack grow after she researches Aleister Crowley and confronts Maggie with the mysterious truths behind this cult religion. Susan's questions leave Maggie at a breaking point, forcing Ernest to confront his inner demons.
Strange Angel: The Mystic Circle of Young Girls Season 1, Ep 6
Recent experiences have Jack wanting more, inspiring him to push boundaries at home with Susan, despite her misgivings. Ernest's sudden presence at the Rocketry Team's new testing facility has Richard questioning the whole endeavor, until he meets a mysterious woman who helps restore his faith. Meanwhile, Maggie has doubts about Ernest's fidelity.
Strange Angel: Dance of the Earth Season 1, Ep 5
The team finalizes their prototype but, in a role reversal, Richard has confidence in the design while Jack doubts it will work. Jack leaves the team to test fire without him as he and Susan accept Ernest and Maggie's invitation to go camping in Joshua Tree. While Susan gets better acquainted with Maggie, Ernest expands Jacks' mind, showing him a way forward. "We just have 51 more prototypes to go."
Strange Angel: The Sage Season 1, Ep 4
Jack's expert witness testimony at a high profile trial thrusts the rocketry team into the spotlight and helps land them a coveted invitation to The Athenaeum. Meanwhile, Virgil drops off Patty, Susan's rebellious teenage sister, for a trying weekend stay, and Ernest's wife, Maggie, makes a surprise return. When Jack's evening at The Athenaeum doesn't go as planned, Jack seeks out Ernest to blow off some steam and ends up on a detour into a darker part of Los Angeles on Hallween.
Strange Angel: Ritual of the Rival Tribes Season 1, Ep 3
Feeling the pressure to succeed and provide Susan with the life he promised, Jack urges the rocketry team to take a risk and start testing their experiments at full volume. Sensing the Parsons' mounting frustrations, Ernest offers a way to make all their dreams come true. "I promise you, our life will never be boring."
Strange Angel: Ritual of Abduction Season 1, Ep 2
Jack and Richard set off to create the first ever rocketry university-sponsored team. But with uncertain acceptance, coupled with Ernest's looming presence, Jack and Susan are feeling more on edge than ever before, desperate to figure out Ernest's intentions. “Can I get there by candlelight?”
Strange Angel: Augurs of Spring Season 1, Ep 1
In 1930s Los Angeles. Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor) works as a janitor at a chemical factory by day, but, by night, he nurses a secret ambition: to build rockets that will take mankind to the moon. The pressures of his double life are further complicated when Jack and his wife Susan (Bella Heathcote) are confronted by a mysterious new neighbor, Ernest Donovan (Rupert Friend), who appears to be leading a double life of his own. [more inside]
Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below Season 3, Ep 3
When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future. [more inside]
Supergirl: The Fanatical Season 3, Ep 19
A disciple of Coville's escapes from what's left of his cult and gives Kara and James a journal that could help save Sam. Guardian's secret could be exposed. [more inside]
Wild Wild Country full series Season 1, Ep 0
In 1981, controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (who later in life went by Osho) moved his ashram of followers from India to a 65,000 acre ranch in rural Oregon. Known for his teachings of free love and open marriage, his fleet of Rolls Royce cars, and his collection of diamond-encrusted watches, the guru, his confrontational personal secretary, and his followers quickly drew the ire of local Oregonians over their plans to turn the commune into an actual city. Over four years, tensions escalated rapidly, leading to the arming of the commune, plots to murder elected officials, busing in hordes of homeless people to overwhelm election voting, and the largest bio-terrorism attack on U.S. soil. [Note: this is meant as a full series thread for the 6-part Netflix series, which IMDB for some reason is listing as only a two hour movie.] [more inside]
The X-Files: Nothing Lasts Forever Season 11, Ep 9
While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals. [CW: gory surgery and dissection scenes] [more inside]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: March 7, 2018 Season 3, Ep 2
A spy begins a difficult breakup with his wife in West Berlin, in this hard-to-categorise horror / psychological thriller / drama. This cult French-German "video nasty" was Andrzej Żuławski's only English-Language film, and stars Isabelle Adjani, who won several awards for the role - including Best Actress at Cannes - along with a young Sam Neill. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Great Again Season 7, Ep 11
Ally shares a devastating truth with Kai. Beverly asks a favor. Is the cult larger than any one person?
American Horror Story: Charles (Manson) in Charge Season 7, Ep 10
Kai continues to select poor role models.
American Horror Story: Drink the Kool-Aid Season 7, Ep 9
Kai tests the cultists. Ally and Ivy share a meal.
Supergirl: The Faithful Season 3, Ep 4
Kara investigates a secretive new group whose leader, Thomas Coville, has a mysterious connection to Supergirl. Meanwhile, Samantha feels like she's letting Ruby down, and J'onn confesses an old secret. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Winter of our Discontent Season 7, Ep 8
The cult goes all Handmaid's Tale-meets-Fight Club, which is a real problem, since basically everyone in the cult who isn't a stone cold idiot is a woman. Meanwhile, an extended flashback to ramp up the gore and pad the runtime.
Bethany encounters a mysterious woman whose past may hold the key to defeating the cult -- or empowering it.
American Horror Story: Mid-Western Assassin Season 7, Ep 6
Kai faces a surprising challenge. Meadow explains it all. Ivy confronts her gravest fear.
American Horror Story: Holes Season 7, Ep 5
The cult takes a stab at bigger publicity. Kai tests loyalties. [more inside]
American Horror Story: 11/9 Season 7, Ep 4
The origin of the cult revealed.
American Horror Story: Neighbors from Hell Season 7, Ep 3
Ally finds herself branded "the lesbian George Zimmerman," Winter is somehow still employed, and Kai makes friends.
American Horror Story: Don't be Afraid of the Dark Season 7, Ep 2
Ally has an epiphany, and deals with her phobias by adopting a coping mechanism.
American Horror Story: Election Night Season 7, Ep 1
An anxiety-prone woman is driven to the brink of madness when Donald Trump is elected president. Meanwhile, a psychopath is inspired.
After landing a dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, a woman wrestles with whether the firm's 24/7/365 connectivity agenda represents a brave new world in which "Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better" or a horrifying breach of individual autonomy and privacy.
Laverne Cox stars in Rocky Horror Picture Show: LDTWA, a new tv movie version of the low-budget '70s cult movie musical. Folks are welcome to get their audience partici...pation on in here.
Hey all! So Strange Club was going well for a bit in 2015, and then dropped off the radar entirely in 2016. I'm feeling the itch to get it started back up again, though, after attending Fantastic Fest and having my love for inexplicable, visionary cinema rekindled. So let's get back in the saddle. [more inside]
Doubting his chances to become popular through his school club activities, a downcast Mob meets a woman in a smiling mask, who informs him that she can help him become popular. He follows her to an underground meeting area where a cult known as (LOL) has formed in service to a man with the power to make anyone laugh and smile.
A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
We have nothing in the Strange Club queue at the moment, but it makes sense to do one more movie to close out the year. For the selection, I'm seeking recommendations for strange cinema that has a holiday or Christmas element to it. Or just plain winter/snow/seasonal. The theme can be very loose. But it should be bizarre and/or cult and/or artsy. Please share your suggestions!
Indian philosopher and mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had a vision: he would build a Utopian city from the ground up, starting with 64,000 acres of muddy ranchland in rural Oregon. [more inside]
Wonderfalls: Wax Lion Season 1, Ep 1
Over-educated and unambitious retail clerk Jaye Tyler is coerced into helping a stranger, against her better judgment and desire to avoid human interaction, when a wax lion at the Wonderfalls gift shop begins talking to her. [more inside]
Hey everyone! I've been flirting with the idea of getting together a Strange Art Club on Fanfare. [more inside]
John Cameron Mitchell writes, directs, and stars as the titular Hedwig Robinson — the sarcastic, bombastic, gender-binary-stomping front(wo)man of Mitchell's award-winning off-broadway musical by the same name — as she tours the country narrating, singing, and shouting her harrowing story from the shadow of ex-lover and rock-darling Tommy Gnosis's nationwide tour. [more inside]
Mac and Charlie think The Master will teach them about fitness and kicking ass. The rest of the gang have other opinions.
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