Stories about cults have been prevalent in horror in recent years and it’s easy to see why. We’re all very curious about the everyday people that end up in these situations. We all like to think we’d never join a cult but then you get a Peloton or join a multi-level marketing company and all of a sudden it doesn’t sound so far-fetched. As much as I’m enjoying the current uptick in stories about cults, I’m also very much a fan of sun-soaked horror. New Saban Films release ‘The Aviary’ checks both boxes, and adds a dash of survival horror, as two women trek across the desert in an attempt to flee a cult that has controlled and warped their minds. This is the first feature for the writing/directing team of Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite and the trailer looks very good! Check it out below!
SYNOPSIS: Malin Akerman and Chris Messina star in the twisted journey of two women’s desperate flee to escape the clutches of Skylight, an insidious cult. Lured in by the promise of “freedom” in the isolated desert campus called ‘The Aviary’, Jillian (Akerman) and Blair (Lorenza Izzo) join forces to escape in hopes of real freedom. Consumed by fear and paranoia, they can’t shake the feeling that they are being followed by the cult’s leader, Seth (Messina), a man as seductive as he is controlling. The more distance the pair gains from the cult, the more Seth holds control of their minds. With supplies dwindling and their senses failing, Jillian and Blair are faced with a horrifying question: how do you run from an enemy who lives inside your head?