Rent The Endless (2017)

3.1 of 5 from 370 ratings
1h 51min
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Synopsis:
Among the most exciting voices in genre cinema to emerge in recent years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with their third feature, 'The Endless'. Benson and Moorhead play brothers, former members of a "crazy UFO death cult", who receive a mysterious video cassette in the mail. The tape contains an eerie calling card from their past, inviting them to attend an event called the Ascension. Despite their apprehension, the pair agree to return for one day.
At first their old friends in the cult seem warm and welcoming, but things soon turn strange as the brothers find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseen forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.
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Directors:
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Producers:
Justin Benson, Thomas R. Burke, David Lawson Jr.
Writers:
Justin Benson
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/07/2018
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Filmmakers' Commentary
  • Exclusive Filmmakers Interview
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Casting Featurettes
  • VFX Breakdown
  • Outtakes
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/07/2018
Run Time:
204 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  • Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Breaking the News, Benson and Moorhead pull a practical joke on actor Vinny Curran
  • Casting Aaron, Benson, Moorhead and producer Dave Lawson audition for the role of Aaron Casting Smiling Dave, Lawson auditions for the role of Smiling Dave
  • VFX Breakdown
  • UFO Cult Comedy, improvised short film made whilst Benson and Moorhead were on the festival circuit
  • Vinny's Story, a behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on-set by Curran
  • Michael Felker, a tongue-in-cheek featurette referencing The Endless's editor
  • Seven deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Tribeca Festival promo
  • Easter eggs
  • Audio Commentary with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, and actors Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran
  • Audio Commentary with Benson and Moorhead
  • Audio Commentary with Carmel the Dog
  • Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Archive interview with Benson and Moorhead
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Weird extras: How Resolution Will Help You Have Sex, Shane the Missing Character, Topless Scene, Extended Scene: Lawyer Call and Alternative Ending
  • Outtakes and unseen footage
  • Film festival promos
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- The Endless
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Resolution
- Special Features

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Reviews (14) of The Endless

An original, surreal movie - The Endless review by MC

Spoiler Alert
11/09/2018

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's the kind of film that is probably not going to be fully understood on its first viewing, although the plot is not overly complicated. I found that the suspense was built up quite skilfully so that a film that starts out quite slow actually gets quite tense and "scary" by the hour point. It may be too surreal or avant garde for many, but if you enoy trippy, thought provoking, slow-ish yet atmospheric movies (the music is superbly ethereal on blu ray) then you may well enjoy this as much as I did. If you enjoyed the indie movie "Coherence", you will probably enoy this.

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Worth persevering Sci-fi movie - The Endless review by rh

Spoiler Alert
03/10/2018

The producers/writers/actors made a decent job with a small budget. Two brothers return to the camp/cult they escaped from a decade before. It turns out not to be as bad as they remember as young men. After a night some uncanny events come up which everyone else thinks is normal. Soon they encounter some mysteries in which one layer is lifted to reveal another reality. Piece by piece the viewer and protagonists are shown the truth behind the idyllic camp.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Fortunately not actually endless. - The Endless review by NC

Spoiler Alert
07/10/2018

It does finish, which is a bonus. Off the cuff films can work, but found this a bit of a Stephen King off-shoot oddity. Never really got worried about anyone in the film. Just too silly to be fair.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Endless review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

I’m going to do something I rarely do and begin my review with a spoiler. The Endless is a micro-budget supernatural thriller that exists within the same universe as the other film by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Resolution. I doubt it’s a spoiler considering few have seen that brilliant found-footage movie but they really should, considering discovering this crossover blew my mind and turned the very concept of this film to become infinitely more fascinating.

Justin and Aaron are brothers that were formerly members of a cult in the woods. They differ in their memories. Justin remembers them as a UFO death cult but Aaron has much fonder recollections. It’s all that has been on their minds since their deprogramming hasn’t led to the most active social life. With nothing to do, they decide to confirm their suspicions and take one day trip to the cult to see whose memory is more valid. Being a thriller, your alarm bells are probably going off at the very idea. But, hey, what else are they going to do? Find another cult?

For the first act, all is going smooth and subtle around the happy camp, with the odd exception of all the members seem to have not aged since Justin and Aaron left. It’s a mystery that will be answered later but for the time being the brothers are busy trying to connect with their relation to the cult. They become so used to it that they decide to stay another day. Another bad idea but if they leave now they may never know the disturbing truth.

And disturbing it is. Without revealing too much, they stumble into a trap where time is stuck and any escape, be it from the forest or life, seems impossible. Why this is happening is kept very ambiguous. Yes, this is in part to keep the budget low, but at the same time, it creates a mystique about the nature of what’s going on. Sometimes there’s a creepy tape that reveals more clues and other times it’s a monster that can’t be fully explained. The imagination becomes the best playground for this material that is very terrifying in its own right.

Still, there are some impressive special effects with the time looping curse. It’s the simplest elements that make it the most effective in the cutting and sound. One camper is discovered where he is caught between life and death, splitting at times. Another will be stuck in a perpetual repeat of the same ten seconds over and over and over. And there’s the biggest surprise as aforementioned that ties the story right back into Resolution and yet still keeps thing unsettling and mysterious.

The Endless presents the biggest argument for how you don’t need a big budget to produce the most interesting and engaging of film, even within the genre of sci-fi horror. Every filmmaker should take note of what Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have done here, weaving a film that becomes terrifying and trippy with so little. There’s a great uneasy present comparable to the likes of David Lynch and Alex Garland but working with much less. And they even managed to bring a connected universe into this film as well! Brimming with originality and creativity, this is top-tier entertainment from low-budget filmmakers.

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