Like a lot of people, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of The Endless from filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. IWhile the synopsis peaked my interest, I was not prepared for what I was about to see. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the film was so much more.
The film begins with two brothers, played by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, struggling to keep a roof over their heads and still coping with escaping a cult ten years earlier. After Justin (Benson) tires of his brother’s complaining and talk of the cult, he decides that the best way to shut him up by paying the cult a visit. Aaron (Moorhead) is more than willing to return to the isolated cult where they spent their childhood.
Upon arriving, the brothers are greeted by an eerie cult member at the camp’s entrance with a strange, creepy extra-wide grin. Once they pull into camp they are welcomed by those they left behind. They enter the camp’s dining hall where they catch up the other members, played by Callie Hernandez, Lew Temple, Emily Montague, Kira Powell, and Vinny Curran, along with Tate Ellington who plays the cult’s leader.
It doesn’t take long for the brothers to notice strange things happening around them. After Aaron continues to beg his brother to stay one more night, Justin gives in, but things soon sour. While Justin is trying to leave, he stumbles across “Shitty Carl”, a man hanging in a shed. When the same man (James Jordan) busts through the door he learns that what entity watching over the remote area is creating time loops to imprison people. Carl makes a request that leads Justin to the next time loop where he is warned to leave before the moon rises. The more he learns the more he knows that he must find his brother and get out of there immediately.
This is the point where I tell you that I refuse to spoil the ending for you. The reason, because you absolutely need to see this film. The Endless has a bit of everything, drama, family bonds, action, mystery, thrills, chills, and a lot more. If H.P. Lovecraft and Jim Jones had a love child, its name would be The Endless.
The entity was never named, which left me wondering all night what it was, where did it come from and what does it really want. The way they approached creating this incredibly powerful being is absolutely brilliant. I believe if Lovecraft was alive today he would give this movie his stamp of approval.
Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson did a fantastic job of creating, directing, and starring in The Endless. During its 111 minute run time I didn’t pick up my phone once, and that says a lot. Bravo gentleman!
I was left very impressed. It was everything I had been hoping for and more. I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I was drawn into a movie the way I was with The Endless.
Now it’s time for me to reveal the score I believe the film deserves. I’m giving this smart, thrilling, thought-provoking film a rare 5 out 5. That’s right, it was that good.
Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to see The Endless for yourself, it arrives on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 26, 2018, from Well Go USA Entertainment. But there is a way you can see it before then. We are giving away several copies before it’s released. You can find out how to enter here.