Winner of the Best Dramatic Direction award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Martha Marcy May Marlene remains one of my favorite films of the past few years. It is a clever, creepy and extremely striking reflection on the duplicitous way cults instill their beliefs when feeding on the psychological vulnerabilities of their prey. The groundwork for this stellar piece of American Gothic cinema came from a short film by director Sean Durkin, titled Mary Last Seen. While the short is not yet available online, I stumbled upon a poster and trailer, and felt like sharing it with our readers. Enjoy!
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