We don’t cover much True Crime on Horror Freak News. We don’t have an aversion to it per se, especially when it connects with our beloved genre; but there are plenty of sites where True Crime is bread-and-butter and our focus has always been horror in film and television. But since the announcement yesterday that the 7th season of American Horror Story is titled Cult, it seemed like the perfect time to take a foray into the dark territory of real life cults.
Over the next few weeks, leading into American Horror Story: Cult’s premiere on FX September 5th, we’ll be bringing you explorations of cults, secret societies, and the appearances of cults in horror movies.
Related Article: Top 10 Most Infamous Modern Cults
The Mason Family and Jonestown may be 2 of the most terrifying cults in history, but we can take comfort in the fact that these institutions have long been disestablished. But that doesn’t mean the world is cult-fee—not by a long shot! YouTuber Mathew Santoro has assembled a list: The 10 Most BIZARRE CULTS that Exist RIGHT NOW! If you meet anyone from one of these suspicious organizations, you might want to seek out new friends elsewhere!
If you can’t stream, or if you’d like more information on the cults discussed, you can find more information about each below the video. Enjoy!
The Nuwaubian Nation or Nuwaubian movement was a religious organization founded and led by Dwight York. York began founding Black Muslim groups in New York in 1967. He changed his teachings and the names of his groups many times, incorporating concepts from Judaism, Christianity, and many esoteric beliefs. (Source)
The Prince Phillip Movement
The Prince Philip Movement is a religious sect followed by the Kastom people around Yaohnanen village on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. It is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe, who believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being. According to ancient Yaohnanen tales, the son of a mountain spirit traveled over the seas to a distant land. There, he married a powerful woman and in time would return to them. He was sometimes said to be a brother to John Frum of another local cargo cult. The people of the Yaohnanen area believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being. They had seen the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by the colonial officials and concluded that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son referred to in their legends. (Source)
The Church of Euthanasia
The Church of Euthanasia (also known as CoE) is a religious organization founded by Reverend Chris Korda and Pastor Kim (Robert Kimberk) in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the United States of America in 1992. As stated in the Church’s website, it is “a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth”. Members of this organization affirm this can only turn into a reality by a massive voluntary population reduction, which will depend on a leap in Human consciousness to species-awareness. According to Rev. Chris Korda it is likely that this Church is the world’s only anti-human religion. (Source)
The Exclusive Brethren are a subset of the Christian evangelical movement generally described as the Plymouth Brethren. They are distinguished from the Open Brethren from whom they separated in 1848. The Exclusive Brethren are now divided into a number of groups, most of which differ on minor points of doctrine or practice. Perhaps the best-known of these, mainly through media attention, is the Raven-Taylor-Hales group, now known as the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, which maintains the doctrine of uncompromising separation from the world based on their interpretation of 2 Corinthians 6 and 2 Timothy 2, believing that attendance at the Communion Service, the ‘Lord’s Supper’, governs and strictly limits their relationship with others, even other Brethren groups. (Source)
The Cosmic People of Light Power
In 1997, Ivo A. Benda began communicating with extraterrestrial communities that live just outside of earth’s Atmosphere, and documenting his findings. The religious following began in The Czech Republic and Slovakia and spread to more than 30 other countries and consists of approximately 200,00 followers. (Source)
The Church of Scientology is a multinational network and hierarchy of numerous ostensibly independent but interconnected corporate entities and other organizations devoted to the practice, administration and dissemination of Scientology, a new religious movement. The Church of Scientology International (CSI) is officially the Church of Scientology’s parent organization, and is responsible for guiding local Scientology churches. At a local level, every church is a separate corporate entity set up as a licensed franchise and has its own board of directors and executives. The first Scientology church was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard. Its international headquarters are located at the Gold Base, in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California. The location at Gilman Hotsprings is private property and not accessible by the public. Scientology Missions International is under CSI and overseers Scientology missions, which are local Scientology organizations smaller than churches. The Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) is the organization which owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard. (Source)
Raëlism (also known as Raëlianism or the Raëlian movement) is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon (b. 1946), now known as Raël. The Raëlian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim. Members of this species appeared human when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans that they made. They purposefully misinformed early humanity that they were angels, cherubim, or gods. Raëlians believe that messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha, Jesus, and others who informed humans of each era. The founder of Raëlism received the final message of the Elohim and that its purpose is to inform the world about Elohim and that if humans become aware and peaceful enough, they wish to be welcomed by them. (Source)
The Family International (TFI) is a new religious movement that started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, USA. It was originally called Teens for Christ and later gained notoriety as The Children of God (COG). It was later renamed and reorganized as The Family of Love, which was eventually shortened to The Family. It is currently called The Family International. (Source)
The Creativity Movement
Creativity is a pantheistic white separatist new religious movement which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was founded in Lighthouse Point, Florida by Ben Klassen as the Church of the Creator in 1973. The church’s worldview is based on the veneration of the white race and the supposed safeguarding of its survival. (Source)
The Order of the Solar Temple
The Order of the Solar Temple, also known as Ordre du Temple Solaire (OTS) in French and the International Chivalric Organization of the Solar Tradition or simply as The Solar Temple, is a secret society that claims to be based upon the ideals of the Knights Templar. OTS was started by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret in 1984 in Geneva as l’Ordre International Chevaleresque de Tradition Solaire (OICTS) and later renamed Ordre du Temple Solaire. Some historians allege that the Solar Temple originates with French author Jacques Breyer, who established a Sovereign Order of the Solar Temple in 1952. In 1968, a schismatic order was renamed the Renewed Order of the Solar Temple (ROTS) under the leadership of French right-wing political activist Julien Origas. The OTS is perhaps most notorious for being associated with a series of murders and mass suicides in 1994 and 1995 that claimed several dozen lives. (Source)