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Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

UFO cult documentary has violence, sex, and insight.

TV Max Educational 2020
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UFO cults and other fringe organizations are often treated like tabloid material or weird human interest stories -- Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults, by contrast, begins by taking the cult, its members, and their beliefs as seriously as they do. This allows the documentary to do many things at once. It seeks to understand the members, the leaders, and their seemingly bizarre and erratic behavior. It gives insight on how cults and cult-like organizations operate and their methods of manipulation and control. It places Heaven's Gate into historical context, alongside tragedies such as the Jonestown Massacre. Finally, it explores how the actions of the Heaven's Gate cult and its leaders traumatized everyone that came into their orbit, with a focus on how the survivors cope with their trauma. The series is not always easy to watch, but it is consistently fascinating and informative. Even those who might just want to gawk at people who believe they're aliens should find something of value here.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 3, 2020
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: March 2, 2022

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