• Name: The Endless
• Year: 2017
• Country: USA
• Director: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
• Main cast: Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Tate Ellington
• Runtime: 111 minutes
• Production company: Snowfort Pictures, Pfaff & Pfaff Productions, Love & Death Productions (LDP)
Some of you may have heard about this movie as the new one from the directors of Spring (2014), a horror romance film that collected quite some prizes on fantasy festivals around. This time, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead come back with a sci-fi horror story, written, directed and played by themselves, as brothers Justin and Aaron – same names as in real life, maybe because, as they confessed in Sitges, the characters have much of themselves-.
The also creators of one segment of V/H/S Viral, “Bonestorm”, come with a story around a cult with a strange belief, so strange that in the past it became too uncomfortable for the older brother and made them leave. Now, after many years, they are feeling too lonely and without purpose in the real world, and they are willing to confront it again. The visit to what used to be their home and family will take more time than planned, and have unexpected consequences. Maybe the group’s beliefs are less insane than they once thought…
With the inspiration of one of the masters in horror literature, H. P. Lovecraft (must say it has been a big influence and commonplace in many of this year’s releases in Sitges Film Festival), The Endless develops a supernatural premise, carried out with minimal special effects. I believe this should be seen as a plus because tension and fear actually depend less on things we see, but instead break out with the invisible, the elusive and the unknown. Maybe at some point, the story becomes too slow, but they manage to carry it on until the end.
A satisfactory viewing experience, who should be tried by all those Lovecraft fans and people interested in cult and supernatural stories.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3986820
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