THE ENDLESS IN UK CINEMAS AND DIGITAL HD 29TH JUNE 2018
From acclaimed filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring) comes THE ENDLESS, a truly unique, mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem of a film that will leave you spinning.
When brothers Justin (Benson) and Aaron (Moorhead), former members of a “crazy UFO death cult”, receive a mysterious videotape in the mail, they find an eerie calling card from their past inviting them back to attend an event called “The Ascension”.
Despite Justin´s initial apprehension, the two agree to return for one day. At first, their old cult friends seem warm and welcoming, but things soon begin to turn strange and the two brothers find themselves drawn ever more into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseeable forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.
Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are on a roll – their critically acclaimed and utterly unique film Spring (which Empire called ‘one of the freshest genre offerings of recent years´) got them onto Variety´s ‘Directors to watch´ list in 2015, and received raves from Oscar-winning film- makers Richard Linklater and Guillermo del Toro (and which was surely an inspiration for his The Shape of Water). Their follow up, THE ENDLESS, is another dark and riveting tale of the unexpected, that blends David Lynch´s Lost Highway with Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The directors themselves take the lead roles, showing they have talent to burn, and proving themselves remarkably assured actors as the likeable brothers plunged back into the cult they so wisely left all those years before. The film also stars bewitching genre star Callie Hernandez (Alien Covenant, Blair Witch), Tate Ellington (Sinister 2, The Walking Dead), movie veteran Ric Sarabia, and David Lawson as creepy cult member ‘Smiling Dave´; as well as Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran reprising their roles from Benson and Moorhead´s innovative debut Resolution, which is niftily linked to this film.
THE ENDLESS features what are fast becoming the directing duo´s trademarks – long, dread-drenched takes with detailed, naturalistic performances; superb, unsettling sound design; and an unpredictable, deliciously fresh script with Lovecraftian overtones. From the brilliantly staged rope-pull set piece, through to a seriously strange cult-style karaoke session, this is a stunningly realised slow burner that firmly establishes Moorhead & Benson´s unique cinematic universe, gripping you from the first shot, and steadily tightening its hold as things get very weird indeed.
Described as a ‘true indie gem´ by Bloody Disgusting, THE ENDLESS, is a genuinely extraordinary and groundbreaking cross between Of Mice and Men and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. After wowing genre fans at the 2017 London Film Festival, THE ENDLESS is now ready for more converts.
Are you ready to join the cult following?
THE ENDLESS is released by Arrow Films in Cinemas, and via Arrow Video on Digital HD on 29th June.
THE ENDLESS will also be released on DVD & Blu-ray via Arrow Video on 2nd July.