The Endless has been making the festival rounds since its debut at Tribeca in April. And early buzz suggests it doesn’t disappoint. Well Go USA is handling the distribution for the film, which will be playing Fantastic Fest on September 24. It doesn’t currently have an official release date but in the meantime, we finally have a trailer.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead’s debut Resolution left me at a loss for words. It begins as a man imprisoning his friend in a remote cabin to force him into sobriety. Simple enough, until a videotape shows up at their doorstep showing them arriving at that very cabin. What it morphs into is something so existentially strange I still find it impossible to describe. The writer/director duo certainly know how to build an atmosphere filled with dread. The Endless tackles a subject ripe with psychological horror, centered around a rather terrifying game of tug-of-war.
Following their acclaimed debut RESOLUTION and their follow-up, the Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as brothers who receive a mysterious message inspiring them to pay a visit to the cult they escaped as children. As unsettling events and phenomena begin to occur, the brothers are forced to question whether the cult’s supernatural beliefs might not be entirely made up – and if, now that they’ve returned, they’ll be allowed to leave again.
Cults are an incredibly fascinating territory to explore, and often result in supremely engaging films. Karyn Kusama’s excellent The Invitation (2015) threw the dinner party from hell just two years ago and Kevin Greutart’s recent Jackals (2017) brought fear to our doorstep. My personal favorite is 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, the film that introduced us all to Elizabeth Olsen. And while M.M.M.M. Focused on the titular character’s re-assimilation into normal society after escaping a cult, The Endless follows two brothers who return to the cult they grew up in.
If you are in the Austin, TX area, catch The Endless at Fantastic Fest.