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A group of University students travel to a remote patch of land deep in the Florida swamps to complete their thesis project on Native American folklore. Two hundred years ago, this sacred land was used by Indians to judge criminals and unwanted members of the tribal community. According to legend, these grounds have the power to bring sins back to life, to bring the dead back to life and punishing whoever is guilty of serious crimes. As the students quickly find out, past actions can lead to present nightmares.

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  • Actors: Lauren Brown, Jordan Wall, John Archer Lundgren
  • Directors: Jose Cassella
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Osiris Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LTDYH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on December 2, 2011
Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict --The Sacred looks and acts like a typical backwoods slasher. Roughly the first half introduces us to a group of young students as they trek to the remote swamps of Florida in search of Native American artifacts and locations. Because the film opens in the remote past as some Native Americans are mysteriously killed, we know these kids are headed straight to danger. The characters are all pretty stock types, from the rich guy to the shy "final girl." Then, about halfway through the film, we discover this isn't just another "there's a mysterious force in the woods" movie like The Evil Dead. No, The Sacred is influenced by the recent post-Saw/Cube idea of throwing a bunch of guilty people together to see what happens. That's the "twist" that The Sacred throws out halfway through; suddenly we realize this Native American land really was used for judgment, and not of the courthouse variety. The place has a habit of punishing the guilty, and it appears that everybody is guilty of something.

This combo--of the typical backwoods slasher and the "figure out who's guilty" flick--is the best thing about The Sacred. After the opening flashback, we're set up to expect trouble for our intrepid band of social scientists. Naturally, we expect that they'll be killed off one by one, but when we learn that they're being menaced because of the sins of their past it gives the film an edge. Then, rather than wondering who's going to be killed next, the audience can spend the last half of the film trying to guess the protagonists' transgressions.

Despite the relative success of its central "twist," The Sacred is not entirely successful as a film. Although I like where the plot ends up, it takes its own sweet time getting there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 23, 2014
The film opens in 1709 as a group of Native Americans use a sacred/haunted river island as judgement. We see the victims of the murderer perform their judgement. We switch to the future as 5 students want to investigate the area. They obtain a reluctant guide who won't go near the place, but puts them in the right direction. There was once a family that lived there, who were all killed.

After being warned to leave before sundown, hearing voices,and needing medical attention the students opt to stay the night. Oh yea, it also seems this tribe had its own written language similar to other local tribes. Something else my history book missed.

You know what is going to happen. Students will be judged and haunted by their past sins.

I liked the concept of the film, however the characters were a bit dry. They didn't grab me. They needed stronger characters with better dialogue and sins.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Brief sex scene. No nudity.
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Since I live in Florida, I was curious to see how the Florida wilderness would be portrayed. This was filmed in the summer when subtropical growth would be at its peak. Green foliage would hide all view of the ground. Each step in the woods would be scary since you wouldn't know what was under all that foliage. Could be dirt and insects or it could be a cottonmouth or other poisonous snake. The woods as depicted are a pleasant site for a nature walk. No leather boots necessary and just a bit of bush whacking is called for. The girls can show off their shapely legs in shorts without fear of ticks, spiders, snakes or poisonous plants. The camp appears to be an abandoned youth camp. There is a row of sinks in the cottage so I imagined cub scouts with toothbrushes. Not so scary. Outside it appears that the landscapers are a week or two behind schedule in cutting the grass. It rises quickly in the rainy season and would be higher than if the neighbors had left for a two week vacation. Maybe the ghosts had lawn mowers for the grass and heavy shoes to nicely wear down those bald areas. I guess they forgot to remove that small tree growing through the cabin floor. The story did hold my interest. At the opening scene, I picked the sweet girl with the ponytail to be the sole survivor, possibly accompanied by the cute guy with the girlfriend, who was obviously a bit of a vamp and would get killed off. Nerd guy and rich guy were also obviously ghost fodder and I wasn't too surprised when cute guy was killed off as well. After that, I hoped that sweet girl would survive instead of making the typical escape only to be plunged back into the nightmare. I was disappointed when the predictable happened. When the child appeared in the greenhouse, I thought, geez, did sweet girl kill someone too?Read more ›
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