After narrowly escaping a UFO death cult as children, brothers Aaron and Justin (directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson) are still living hand-to-mouth almost a decade later. When they receive a mysterious message in the mail that seems to be from their former ‘family’, Aaron insists that they investigate — even though the protective Justin remains reluctant. Soon, Aaron is drawn back under the thrall of the cult’s intensely magnetic leader Hal (Tate Ellington), while Justin is still uneasy. Then inexplicable happenings begin to occur in the group’s desert encampment, forcing both Aaron and Justin to conclude that the cult’s strange and supernatural axioms might just be proving true. The question is: will they unearth the cult’s mysterious secret in time to prevent history from repeating itself? Following their breakout Resolution and sleeper hit Spring, Benson and Moorhead’s The Endless is this year’s most chilling, intensely original genre hybrid — a part-horror, part-sci-fi package of creeping dread that skirts the supernatural - this will keep you guessing right until the very end.
The Endless | Dir. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead | Horror | 111mins | USA | 2017 | Sydney Premiere
“The Endless isn’t just terrific – it’s poised to be that breakout genre hit that It Follows and The Babadook were in past years. This isn’t just hype. The film is sharply written, smart and funny. It’s tense and uncertain at moments, but it’s not overtly scary, which actually works in its favor. 9/10.”
“While I know it’s only late April, I’ll go out on a limb (yes, this darn early in the year) and say that the new film – The Endless – is the film to beat, come time to make my end-of-the-year list.”
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