We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which real-life cults freak them the fuck out. Here are the terrifying results.
1. The Family (Australia)
3. Aum Shinrikyo
4. The Holy Rollers
Led by a man known as "Michel," Buddhafield is an "alternative community and meditation group" in Los Angeles. It wasn't until recently that members began to open up about the group's frequent sexual abuse and moral violations. A former documentarian for the group released a film in 2016 called Holy Hell that revealed many of his traumatizing experiences.
6. The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project/Jonestown
7. Kirtland Cult
8. The Congregation for the Light
9. Heaven's Gate
10. The Immanuel David Cult
11. The Ant Hill Kids
12. Branch Davidians under David Koresh
Koresh believed he was the final prophet of the Branch Davidians, an offshoot of the Protestant Seventh-Day Adventist Church that didn't directly follow the same beliefs. His rule ended with the Waco Siege of 1993, when the group was suspected of weapons violations: Gunfire broke out that erupted into a fire, killing 76 people, including Koresh.
13. The Children of Thunder
14. Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps
15. The Manson Family
Though more often referred to as a "commune" than a "cult," the Manson Family's loyalty to leader Charles Manson was definitely terrifying. The Family willingly murdered actor Sharon Tate and several others, and tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, because it was what Manson asked of them.