How many of you are watching the new Fox series The Following? So far, it’s lived up to the hype. The serial killer with an obsession for Edgar Allen Poe (James Purefoy) is one of the most interesting and diabolical I’ve seen, and the cast of characters is stellar. Kevin Bacon has been great as a tortured former FBI agent and expert on the serial killer who is now terrorizing a community.
But the coolest part? After an escape from prison, the bad guy is captured in the first episode. But it’s too late–the cult he’s been forming while in prison has already sprang into action.
I won’t give you any more spoilers, but the show is definitely worth watching.
So naturally I had to do some research on cults. We’ve all heard of the Manson family and the horrors David Koresh created at Waco, but they are just the tip of the freaky iceberg.
Visit this awesome article to read about cults you’ve (likely) never heard of.
What I find most interesting about cults is the idea that one enigmatic leader could convince intelligent people to believe in what they’re selling. And we’re not just talking a religion that is allegedly whacko but harmless (i.e. Scientology) but a group that convinces itself that killing others or themselves is somehow for the greater good. What are these people missing that allows them to become so susceptible?
What if Manson had approached you? Or Koresh? Or Jim Jones? What would you have done? What do you think men like these three had that made them so prolific?
Back to Fox’s The Following – are you watching? What do you think?