Peter Adair’s 1967 documentary The Holy Ghost People explores the Pentecostal community of Scrabble Creek, West Virginia. In verite style, Adair delves into the service, complete with snake handling, faith healing, and holy rolling. Interviews with parish members reveal the intricate logic behind the bizarre rituals of the sect, derived from an incredibly literal approach to the Bible. The twists and turns the individual’s logic is forced to go through to ascribe to the faith are astonishing in number and a real testament to the human will to have faith.
Lost Highway takes it’s characters and the viewer on a strikingly similar course, subjecting us to a barrage of seeming non-sequiturs and forcing us to muddle through dream logic to get to it’s core. Funny how worlds collide.