Blu-ray Review: THE ENDLESS

THE ENDLESS was directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson who also star alongside Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington and James Jordan. Justin Benson also wrote the screenplay for the movie.

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.

The Endless follows these two brothers who decide to revisit the UFO death camp they escaped from a decade earlier. Once they arrive, they see that pretty much nothing has changed with the cult members who are still waiting on “It” to come and take them away. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that there’s something weird actually going on at the camp and it can’t be described. Is there a UFO in this area or has an interdimensional window been opened? That’s the million dollar question that’s being asked!

There’s definitely a mysterious and powerful force that has set up shop in this isolated location but the big question is, what is it up to? Did it come in peace? Does it want to destroy the world? Did it just want to go camping? Strange and unexplainable things continuously reveal themselves to the brothers and with each unveiling, their situation becomes a little more unsettling, to the point they finally realize that it’s time to leave. What they find out is that escaping this place for a second time is going to be a lot tougher than it was the first time around.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Endless ended up being a well-crafted supernatural thriller that deals with the unknown and that’s a subject that can be down right terrifying at times. Moorhead and Benson once again show what you can do with a small budget and once again they deliver the goods, just like their previous films, Resolution and Spring. Actually, there’s even a distant kinship between The Endless and Resolution so if you’ve seen both then you’ll more than likely notice it. Let’s just say they take place in the same universe. The movie relies heavily on the story and its characters instead of special effects but there are a few impressive visuals here and there to help with the storytelling. Something else that helps is the isolated location that this cult stays in because it gives the movie an extra sense of helplessness because it’s so far away from civilization. It’s eerie but it also has a dark sense of humor at times. There’s also the whole “less is more” aspect of the movie because it allows your imagination to run wild as everything plays out. To describe it, I’d say the movie looks like something H.P. Lovecraft and Philip K. Dick would’ve come up with together. The Endless will be available on Blu-ray on June 26th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, two featurettes, seven deleted scenes, visual effects breakdown, some fun “ridiculous extras” that show more of the filmmakers’ sense of humor and three trailers.

  • Audio commentary with Directors and Producer
  • Making of (31:38)
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  1. Michael Felker, The Editor (02:58)
  2. Outtakes (10:04)
  • Deleted Scenes
  1. Garage Sale (00:31)
  2. Goats (01:19)
  3. Beer Guys (00:47)
  4. Happiness (01:43)
  5. The Walls It Constructs (00:51)
  6. The Trailer (00:47)
  7. Brotherly Walk (00:54)
  • VFX Breakdown (02:44)
  • “Ridiculous Extras”
  • Tribeca Promo (01:30)
  • Teaser Trailer (01:42)
  • Trailer (02:08)

 

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