'Martha Marcy May Marlene's Patrick and 8 Other Crazy Movie Cult Leaders

Feb 23, 2012 Comments
Martha Marcy May Marlene

This week sees the Blu-ray and DVD release of Martha Marcy May Marlene, which not only ushered in the arrival of a bright new acting talent – Elizabeth Oslen – but it also brings back to the cinematic forefront the insane cult leader. To celebrate the occasion we decided to gather together some of the craziest movie cult leaders of all time, a list with characters both fictional and based in real life, but all equally frightening. Stay far away…

It’s not creepy enough to just put John Hawkes in the role of Patrick, but writer and director Sean Durkin makes the character all the more menacing by showing him as the quiet, subdued, and completely calculating type of cult leader. He’s wrapped his followers around his little finger by playing them calming acoustic guitar tunes, raping the new female recruits before they know any better, and making them shoot poor, defenseless animals. Patrick prefers the slow burn of a brainwash, which makes him a very persuasive and likeable guy. Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) may have escaped but, even outside of his evil clutches, you can clearly see the pull he has in her paranoid flashbacks.

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