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The Endless (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

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Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they're forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.

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Emily Montague
as Jennifer Danube
Peter Cilella
as Mike Danube
Vinny Curran
as Chris Daniels
Ric Sarabia
as Early 1900's Man
Catherine Lawson
as Exit Counselor
Josh Higgins
as Beer Distro Ted
Billy Ray Brewton
as Beer Distro Dale
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Critic Reviews for The Endless

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (15)

This impressive low-budget indie weaves a genre-defying tapestry of weirdness, atmospherics and cultish horrors across a dusty US setting.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is Benson and Moorhead's most professionally-made movie to date, but they hold on to an amateurish enthusiasm that works largely for the best.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Even lovers of the opaque might desire a little more to grasp onto. But the mystery is a pungent one, and the images and ideas stay with you after the lights go up.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"The Endless" grows more mind-boggling as it goes on, but Benson and Moorhead keep the film grounded, making its twists and turns all the more compelling.

April 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The eventual reveal fits with the film's overall intelligence and interest in people and existence over spectacle and action. (Though there's some of that as well.) The Endless is a smart, sweetly creepy good time.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"The Endless" gets into your head and keeps you alert for whatever abnormal turn comes next.

April 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Endless

I appreciate the ambitious storytelling even if the ending feels like a bit of a cop out .

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

They say 'fear of the unknown, is the greatest fear there is'. Well, The Endless is that type of film that uses the unknown to their benefit to increase the fear and underlining mystery of the film. Centered on two brother trying to reconnect with their cultist upbringing with a very H.P. Lovecraft inspired context. It's an excellent film that uses it's thought provoking plotting to it's surreal nature of the story and the philosophical nature of the cult members to provide a great sense of drama, conflict and mystery. More of less they say 'minimalism is more' and here it's just about right, filled with terrific writing, acting directing and cinematography, 'The Endless' is a film that should be seen by a large number of audiences to appreciate as one of this year's best. Luckily enough I was able to see it at the Melbourne International Film Festival when I did.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

Super Reviewer

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