Prophet's Prey

Filmmaker Amy Berg sheds light on the sexual, financial and spiritual abuses heaped upon members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by their former leader, Warren Jeffs.


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  • ★★★★ review by Pat Healy on Letterboxd

    Horrifying. One of the most terrifying movie monsters I've ever seen. Unfortunately, unlike Dracula, they really exist on this earth. Unbelievable.

  • ★★★★★ review by Taylor W on Letterboxd

    Warning - this film is about a "religious" sect called FLDS based out in Utah. They are known because their leader and prophet Warren Jeffs, was incarcerated for "marrying" and "consummating" with young girls well under the age of 18. This isn't for everyone. so turn away if it isn't for you.

    This film explores that story and shows background of this horrible cult and how Jeffs (and his family) came into power and what the group looks like now.

    There are audio tapes of him actually recording the wedding and consummating with these girls - gross.

    its worth a watch if you find it streaming and are into cults/backwards religions.


  • ★★★★ review by D'kotah on Letterboxd

    Highly recommend this excellent doc on Warren Jeffs and the fLDS cult. Featuring Jon Krakauer and music/narration by Nick Cave, it's essential viewing to those who liked Going Clear earlier this year. And like Scientology, this wasn't some cult from back in the day, this was/is going on in the 21st century.

  • ★★★½ review by Bert on Letterboxd

    Infuriating documentary about the FLDS and it’s leader Warren Jeffs. I recently read Breaking Free by one of his 58 daughters, Rachel Jeffs, and a work friend who studies religion and cults told me to watch this. It was a tough watch, much like the book was a hard read, but it is an important and essential movie. I highly recommended for people interested in cults. More horrifying than any horror movie.

  • ★★★★ review by HotDonkeyBear on Letterboxd

    There is a whole conversation to be had about the dichotomy of freedom within religion. For free thinking adults who chose a particular life, then that is entirely their prerogative. However, when children are then born into that life, the choice is removed and their freedom comes into question. This is the same for all religions... and cults.

    Amy Berg's documentaties are a sobering exercise in sharing injustices within the institutions that people hold dear. Whether it be religious tinged prejudices that lead to the death sentence of teenage boys or pedophilia within Hollywood and the catholic church, the subject matter shares commonality. Prophet's Prey is infuriating, sobering and utterly befuddling. We live in a world where laws protect the wealthy and "godly" over the safety and welfare of children.

    Berg's documentary utilises a kitchen sink approach that shares much in common with Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. There are harrowing moments and very little levity throughout. This isn't a Louis Theroux puff-piece. The interviews are fraught and dour, the Nick Cave & Warren Ellis score is mournful and the conclusion is unsatisfying and eerie. It's ridiculous that I was unable to acquire this film through legal means in the UK. This is a documentary feature that deserves as much attention as West of Memphis and Joplin: Little Girl Blue.

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