By Owen Gleiberman
Updated October 18, 2006 04:00 AM
Credit: Jim Jones: California Historical Society

Reverend, seducer, icon of warped Elvis cool, Jim Jones led the creepiest bad trip of the ’70s — the mass suicide of 900 of his followers in Guyana. This slipshod doc offers fascinating footage of Jones’ silky malevolence (he has the eyes of a perverted hypnotist), and it captures one aspect of the story that has been crucially underplayed: The Peoples Temple congregation was sizably African-American. But when it comes to how those followers turned into a zombie Kool-Aid death cult, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple leaves you with more questions than you went in with.