Martha Marcy May Marlene
- Genre: Thriller
- Director: Sean Durkin
- Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes
- Rate: ****
Opening with a young woman escaping a Manson-esque cult, we know this isn’t going be an ordinary thriller. The titular character’s harrowing ordeal is revealed in flashbacks as she readjusts to real-life at her sister’s cottage. First time director Sean Durkin ratchet’s up the tension amidst fears her “family” will come looking for her in a film that proves the threat of violence is far more frightening than the real thing.