Writer and director Sean Durkin has created a surprisingly creepy film in his debut Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene.
Martha, Marcy, or what ever you want to call her (Elizabeth Olsen) is a wanderer that is sucked into a cult that inhabits some type of commune in a rural area of New York. She is brainwashed by the leader, Patrick ( John Hawkes), who does a chilling imitation of a lunatic which brings Charles Manson to mind. Martha decides to make a break for it one morning and heads off into the woods as a fugitive of the cult. When she reaches civilization she calls her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson), who she has not seen her for two years, and is picked up and brought to her home.
Lucy wants to know where Martha has been and she can not get any answers. A series of bizarre behavioral patterns by Martha soon have Lucy and her husband worried for not only her health, but for theirs also. When things begin getting out of hand, the decision is made to get some outside help. But who is going to help; the people at the psyche ward, or her former comrades in lunacy.
The movie is slow at times, but is thoroughly disturbing. I recommend it. (Rated R- 101 min.)
My Rating: 3 of 5 Manson Points.