It's hip to be indoctrinated. Check out cult-themed projects from Bret Easton Ellis and Mary Harron of 'American Psycho' fame.



'American Psycho' Author to Direct Show About Cult Escapees

After tearing down yuppies while humming along to Huey Lewis and the News, the creatives behind American Psycho have turned their attention to LA cults. Mary Harron, the director of Christian Bale’s bloodbath, is working on a film called The Family, which focuses on the brainwashed members of the Manson family during their very public murder trials. Meanwhile, author/cultural provocateur Bret Easton Ellis has just signed on to direct The Deleted, a show that follows a group of cult escapees as they try to leave their past, and the people tracking them, behind.

Besides a handful of music videos, the project marks Ellis’ directorial debut. Details about The Deleted are sparse. Given its mysterious pitch, we likely won’t know more until it exclusively debuts on Fullscreen, the new AT&T-backed streaming app attempting to sway millennials with an aggressive $5 price point, original programming, and a built-in GIF creation tool.

GIFs in 2016?
A show about cults and GIF creation? Wow.

In lieu of meaty details, we’re left to speculate. Which LA cult will Ellis’ series draw from? Will he take inspiration from our favorite cult leader, Father Yod, the bearded mangod who fertilized the rich LA soil with tantric sex-a-thons before he died hang gliding over a volcano in Oahu? Yod is notable for bearing a beard that puts mall Santas to shame, and for being a cult leader that managed to run a decades-old brainwashing operation without resorting to killing or kidnapping people. Good for you, Yod!

This is either Kings of Leon 20 years in the future, or Father Yod and his spiritual bandmembers.
This is either Kings of Leon 20 years in the future, or cult leader Father Yod and his spiritual bandmembers.

Given his predilection towards violence, Ellis will probably draw inspiration from the creepier cults in the valley–something like the Mansons, or the Blackburn Cult from the 1920s, whose savage rituals involved animal sacrifice and live burials.

What is it about the LA sun that draws so many megalomaniacs and followers? Is it the excess of tiered capitalism? The spirituality that has nestled into the valley since the early days of hippies? We’re devotees to those taco trucks, that much is certain. Regardless of the answer, we’re looking forward to see what Ellis’ psychotic vision can drum up this time.

Images courtesy of Tumblr, Dusted, InWeekly.

Stay tuned to Milk for more on LA cults.

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