Fridge: Martha Marcy May Marlene
- Stacks of it:
- What is never touched on in the film is the cult's recruiting methods. New recruits are led and mentored by existing members, but there is no indication of HOW exactly the new recruits are convinced.
- When Martha is showing Sarah around the farmhouse for the first time, she introduces her to one of Patrick's babies. Sarah asks if it's a boy or a girl, and Martha says "Patrick only has boys". Think about that for a second.
- Patrick has sex with all of the women in the cult for purposes of procreation and encourages all of the members to be polyamorous, but it's never mentioned whether Martha was impregnated by him or anyone else and, if so, what happened to her baby.
- The cult has some very peculiar ideas about death, so much so that they think death is beautiful, and that when you kill someone they don't really die, they just continue existing in another dimension. Now look at the previous two entries again.
- What if Martha isn't paranoid and she really is being followed by members of the cult? Maybe they're much more powerful than they seem at first.
- She did call them from Lucy's home phone.
- What if there was no cult, Martha had been living with her boyfriend, and just went crazy and started hallucinating him as the leader of a cult (maybe they had a fight, maybe she just snapped).
- Or both? Abusive/controlling relationships strongly resemble what we think of as cults. The "cult" of an individual can be based around anything that sets that individual apart and puts him or her in charge of what others say, do and think. A business can also be this kind of "cult".