Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite’s ‘The Aviary’ (2002) Coming In April

I always feel a special tingle when I find a film about cults. There’s just something fascinating about the entire cult dynamic: who are chosen to be inducted; why they were chosen; the loss of the member’s self to the group; the rules and regulations followed; the reasons for staying; the mindset of the leaders and why they do what they do… there’s so much to explore and think about. After seeing the trailer for Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite’s The Aviary, I knew it was one I had to add to my ever growing list of input.


Malin Akerman and Chris Messina star in the twisted journey of two women’s desperate flee to escape the clutches of Skylight, an insidious cult. Lured in by the promise of “freedom” in the isolated desert campus called The Aviary, Jillian (Akerman) and Blair (Lorenzo Izzo) join forces to escape in hopes of real freedom. Consumed by fear and paranoia, they can’t shake the feeling that they are being followed by the cult’s leader, Seth (Messina), a man as seductive as he is controlling. The more distance the pair gains from the cult, the more Seth holds control of their minds. With supplies dwindling and their senses failing, Jillian and Blair are faced with a horrifying question: how do you run from an enemy who lives inside your head?

Written and directed by Chris Cullari & Jennifer Raite

Starring Malin Akerman, Lorenza Izzo, Chris Messina, Sandrine Holt

Run Time: 96 minutes

Rating: Rated R for language and some violent content.

Genre: Thriller

Opening Theaters Include:

NEW YORK CITY – Cinema Village

LOS ANGELES – Lumiere Cinema

ATLANTA – Studio Movie Grill Marietta

CLEVELAND – Atlas Diamond Center

DETROIT – Emagine Royal Oak

HOUSTON – Studio Movie Grill Pearland

MINNEAPOLIS – Emagine Eagan

ORLANDO – Studio Movie Grill Sunset Walk

PHILADELPHIA – Westown Movies

TAMPA – Studio Movie Grill Seminole

About Tracy Allen

As the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of, Tracy has learned a lot about independent horror films and the people who love them. Now an approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes, she hopes the masses will follow her reviews back to PopHorror and learn more about the creativity and uniqueness of indie horror movies.

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