Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen‘s new film where she plays a young woman who escapes a cult, horrified me in the best way. Every performance is riveting, including John Hawkes, who plays the seemingly sensitive and caring leader Patrick. But even as he got more and more wrong and brainwashed all his impressionable young followers, I couldn’t help finding him sexy. “In a rugged, Bruce Springsteen kind of way, ” I tried to explain to my boyfriend, but he wasn’t convinced.
What is it about these characters where we know they’d hunt us down if we tried to escape, but we’re still drawn to join them in the first place?