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The Endless: An Inventive and Beautifully Constructed Film

November 4, 2018

Poster by Edgar Ascensao at Alternative Movie Posters

I watched The Endless several weeks ago and haven’t been able to shake it. I love how directors/writers/stars Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead built an otherworldly world that features three-dimensional characters, a lurking sense of dread and something I don’t want to spoil. I felt completely satisfied with the ending and I can’t wait to watch it again (and listen to the Blu-ray commentary) to absorb everything I missed.

The Endless revolves around two men named Aaron and Justin (the directors) returning to the “UFO death cult” they escaped from. After escaping years earlier, the two had trouble adjusting to the real world as they couldn’t find steady jobs and women justifiably ran away when they heard about their past. They go back to the cult after Aaron watches an old VHS tape and decides he needs closure, a few square meals and craft beer made from ingredients grown at the cult’s farm (I’d go back for good beer). What’s interesting is both men have totally different memories of their time at the cult’s farm and they both react differently when they go back.

Some very cool things happen in this movie.

Their is a legitimate creep factor as the duo’s paranoia builds as they become re-acclimated with the people they left behind. They know there is something very strange going on, but it’s unclear if it is malevolent or simply magical. I don’t want to spoil anything else because I loved not knowing what would happen next. I will say that it feels organic, and as their adventure continues you become more and more invested in the characters and their uncertain fates.

You also need to watch Spring. It’s a very good movie.

I like that Moorhead and Benson decided to star in the film because it saved them money and allowed them to bring in solid supporting actors like Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington and Lew Temple. Also, the remote desert setting is used as another character as the vastness and isolation of Camp Arcadia creates a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty.

If you are looking for a very good film that builds a fantastic new world you should watch The Endless.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead have a unique relationship in one of them is the older brother while the other remains almost childlike in his life. After escaping a “death cult” the two have trouble adjusting to the real world as they can’t find jobs and women justifiably run away when they hear about their past.

They decide to go back to the cult when Aaron decides he needs closure with the place and wants a few square meals and some craft beer made from the barly at the cult’s farm. What’s interesting is both men have totally different memories of their time at the cult’s farm and they both react differently when they go back. Justin is skeptical while Aaron remains open-minded to their antics. The people at the farm are in their 40s/50s but have somehow kept their youthful look.

Their is a suitable creep factor as the duo’s paranoia builds around weird magic tricks and a craft beer that might be housing something other than organic ingredients.

The low budget aesthetic works perfectly and as Benson and Morehead focus on character and mystery in the west coast desert. I like how they decided to star in their movie which must’ve cut costs and allowed them to cast a solid supporting group of actors like Callie Hernandez etc…

Aaron discovers an angry fast-walker during one of his morning runs and finds a bloody shoe and a cargo container that seems to lift on its own. He is soon encircled by old photos and harassed by a flying shadow that may or may not be real.

They find tapes at the bottom of a lake which leads them to a funky video. I’m not sure how much I want to share because it will wreck the discovery.

A weird tag of tug of rope ensures in which the rope is seemingly tied to nothing and is capable of pulling it’s foes backwards.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    November 5, 2018 7:48 am

    Love the sound of this. Great review by the way.

    • November 5, 2018 8:09 am

      Thanks! I really enjoy this movie. I wish I had more time to write more.

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