The Endless (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

The Endless (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Starring: Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, James Jordan
Rated: UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Well Go USA

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.

Did you like Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring or Resolution? If so, you should really love this! The Endless is one of those movies that might take a little bit to figure out but once what is going on hits (with a couple surprises along the way) it really does hit you really hard and the end results might just be an easy contender for the year’s best. These guys seem to really have a certain way of being able to tell a story with a regular world feel to it, even when things going on aren’t regular at all. This played well with stuff they’ve done before and is again on display here. The concept of likable characters seems like an easy thing to do in theory, but it isn’t easy or every movie you see would be able to get it right. The Endless does it right with our two leads. You like them, even if you aren’t sure what they are thinking when they decide to revisit an apparent “death” cult they both have fleed from years before. It’s a movie that can keep you guessing at times and that’s what keeps you interested.

There’s a lot of weird things going on here and I like it. The cult members seem to have not aged much since these guys last saw them, we may or may not have a monster around them, and people just keep doing strange things every day there. Thankfully, if you stick with it all of this makes sense in the end and I like how it all comes to a head in the last act. Having seen the other movies these guys have done isn’t a must, but I feel The Endless works a little better if you’ve at least seen Resolution and even better than that if you are a long time fan of it going on. The Timeless feels different because it is different. Some folks might not like what they get, but I think people that do like are going to out-right love what they see here. Another great job done by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

Extras

– Audio Commentary with the two directors and the producer of the film
– Making of – featurette
– Behind the scene – featurette
– Deleted scenes
– VFX Breakdown
– “Ridiculous Extras” – Featurette
– Trailers
– Extended bonus features
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 96%