THE ENDLESS (2017) Reviews and overview


‘Never go back’

The Endless is a 2017 science fiction mystery horror film directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, based on a screenplay by the latter. It stars Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington and Emily Montague.

Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be saner than they once thought…


“It keeps up a good pace, balancing its mystery out across its 1 hour, 51-minute running time. The script even balances the characters out between their quirks, so they come off as more engaging and relatable. The film even manages to mix in some humor, dark or otherwise, amongst the thrills and chills. All in all, The Endless is well-worth catching…” Cryptic Rock

” …a masterful offering of unearthly visuals, intense time travel theories, and clever suggestions of creatures too vast and strange to comprehend. It makes wonderful use of sound design and gives the audience precisely what they need and nothing more. Simply put, it’s absolutely magnificent.” Dread Central

” …while the movie has eerie moments and concepts, it’s never truly frightening either. Most of the chills are of the psychological variety, but the filmmakers stretch their limited budget to produce some effective CGI assisted shots too. Benson and Moorhead make for likeable leads, but it’s Tate Ellington as Camp Arcadia’s unfailingly polite leader Hal who makes the biggest impression…” Dread Central

” …what makes this a true indie gem is that there is heart at the center of the story, hoping to send a message to viewers that sometimes you need to leave your baggage behind you in order to be happy. The Endless is a brave effort by Benson and Moorhead, who decided to break conventional storytelling instead of playing it safe and doing more of the same.” Bloody Disgusting

” …the supernatural, science fiction, and comedic aspects aren’t the ends, just the means. They allow Moorhead and Benson (the latter once again credited as screenwriter) to take their micro-scale scenario and enlarge it on a macro level in order to expose human truths via their impact.” The Film Stage

The Endless is a masterfully crafted genre hybrid that solidifies Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead as two of the most interesting and uniquely voiced directors working today. For God’s sake, watch no trailers and read nothing else about it. Just go in cold and ready yourself for one of the best movie-going experiences of the year.” Film Pulse

“2017 has already given us some great titles in genre filmmaking, and The Endless is certainly another amazing achievement in that respect. Benson and Moorhead have outdone themselves with a thoroughly engrossing, intelligent, and shocking blend of cult and the occult.” Talk Film Society

“Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead aren’t making movies to entertain at base value. Life is this scary, ever-threatening beast that offers no real answers, and their films address the beauty of unpredictability head-on […] Few filmmakers today execute on low-fi genre puzzlement with such deafening power, and that’s no mistake.” We Got This Covered

“A little overextended for the straight-ahead genre market (a trimmer, 100-minute cut reputedly exists), The Endless is a demanding, rewarding picture with moments of unusual terror and awe, offering a science fiction/horror scenario on a literally cosmic scale which boils down to a study of a complicated sibling relationship.” Screen Daily


In the UK, Arrow Video released a Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray on 2 July 2018.

Buy Blu-ray | DVD:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of The Endless and Moorhead & Benson s first feature, Resolution
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeve with a choice of artwork designs
  • Limited edition collector s booklet containing new writing on the films by critics Jamie Graham and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Disc One: The Endless
  • Audio commentary by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  • Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, record
    ed 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
  • Plus:
  • Disc Two: Resolution
  • 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

Main cast:

  • Callie Hernandez
  • Tate Ellington
  • Emily Montague
  • Lew Temple
  • Justin Benson
  • James Jordan
  • Aaron Moorhead
  • Ric Sarabia
  • Vinny Curran
  • Peter Cilella
  • Kira Powell
  • David Lawson Jr.
  • Shane Brady
  • Glen Roberts

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