Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults

With access to first-person accounts and never-before-seen footage, HBO's four-part docuseries examines the American UFO cult that started in 1975 with the disappearance of 20 people to a shock ending in 1997 with the largest suicide on US soil. From the director of Gleason and Finders Keepers.

2020USAHBO
Documentary
Creator:
Mark McCune

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
27 August 2021

The Awakening

The inception of this mysterious group dates back to 1970s Oregon, where founding members Bonnie Nettles and Marshall Applewhite begin to recruit individuals interested in end-of-the-world Christianity, new age religion, and UFOs - but the... MORE disappearance of new members soon drives media attention and family concerns.

EPISODE 1.2
27 August 2021

The Chrysalis

As the Heaven’s Gate "Classroom" begins, Bonnie and Marshall - who call themselves "Ti" and "Do" or "The Two" - enforce strict rules of no family communication. After Ti dies from cancer in 1985, a... MORE distraught Do briefly allows members to visit their families, and a few consider leaving the group for good.

EPISODE 1.3
27 August 2021

The Second Harvest

Using a popular sci-fi TV series to help bolster his teachings, Do encourages asexuality and individual submission for the benefit of the collective - and even initiates voluntary castrations. Having dwindled in number, the group... MORE starts recruiting again, but they’re met largely with derision and skepticism. Seeing this as a sign, Do begins planning their exit to the next level.

EPISODE 1.4
27 August 2021

The Exit

The 1997 arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet spurs the group to prepare for their departure, though their plan to commit mass suicide goes undetected. After an anonymous 911 caller alerts the authorities, Heaven’s Gate, deemed... MORE the first "internet cult," becomes a media and pop culture phenomenon - but the suicides have a very different effect on those closest to them. Today, former members, loved ones, and experts reflect on the legacy of Heaven’s Gate, offering a chilling reminder that indoctrination can happen to anyone.

Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults / Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

By the end of the four hours, I felt some emotional connection to the cult members and their families and that was Tweel's primary intention, I'm guessing...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It’s worth sticking out for the grand finale, as sickening as it is oddly poignant.

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Salon

Salon

It's a thoughtfully paced series, rich in original source material and striking watercolor animations in place of reenactments.

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