Arcadian (2024): A Heroic Creature Feature

Ladies and gentlemen, horror aficionados, and Nicolas Cage enthusiasts, welcome to the bone-chilling world of Arcadian. Buckle up as we embark on a journey through the twisted corridors of terror and suspense. But fair warning – this isn’t your typical Nicolas Cage flick, so prepare yourselves for a ride unlike any other. Nicholas Cage may not be the post-apocalyptic single father we wanted, but he’s the one we deserve.

Let’s check out the poster art.

In theaters now from RLJE Films and director Benjamin Brewer (Reptile) is a new horror film: Arcadian. The film stars Nicholas Cage (Mandy), Jaeden Martell (Y2K), and Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8 – TV Series).


In a near future, normal life on Earth has been decimated. Paul and his two sons, Thomas and Joseph, have been living a half-life – tranquility by day and torment by night. Every night after the sun sets, they face the unrelenting attacks of a mysterious and violent evil. One day, when Thomas doesn’t return home before sundown, Paul must leave the safety of their fortified farm to find him. A nightmarish battle ensues that forces the family to execute a desperate plan to survive.

The Setup

Picture this: a desolate world ravaged by pollution, overrun by deadly creatures lurking in the shadows. In the midst of this post-apocalyptic nightmare, we meet Paul (portrayed by none other than Nicolas Cage), a father struggling to protect his twin teenage sons, Joseph and Thomas. As they navigate the bleak landscape, tensions rise and the threat of the unknown looms ever closer. With each passing moment, the sense of isolation and dread grows, setting the stage for a pulse-pounding tale of survival against insurmountable odds.

But it’s not just Paul and his sons against the world. Nearby, the Rose farm serves as a beacon of hope amidst the darkness. With limited resources and the constant threat of attack, the residents must band together to fend off the encroaching horrors. It’s a classic tale of man versus monster, with stakes higher than ever before.

The Payoff

As darkness falls and the creatures emerge from the shadows, the tension reaches a fever pitch. Every encounter is a heart-stopping battle for survival, with the fate of our protagonists hanging in the balance. But amidst the chaos and carnage, moments of bravery and resilience shine through. Cage delivers a solid performance as the determined father, while his sons, played by Jaeden Martell and Maxwell Jenkins, bring depth and vulnerability to their roles. And let’s not forget the supporting cast who round out the ensemble with gusto.


But the true stars of the show? Those horrifying creatures that stalk the night – their grotesque visages and relentless pursuit striking fear into the hearts of even the bravest souls. With heavy CGI that’s as impressive as it is unsettling, these monsters are a force to be reckoned with, elevating Arcadian to new heights of terror and suspense. Props to the designers for really pushing the envelope with these bad boys. Picture this – jaws that open up like machine guns, limbs that retract and extend like something out of a nightmare. These monsters aren’t your average horror fare – they’re a whole new level of terrifying.

Arcadian (2024) Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Arcadian is a solid entry into horror cinema, blending heart-pounding thrills with moments of genuine emotion. While it may not reach the dizzying heights of Cage’s recent hits, it more than holds its own in the pantheon of horror monsters, and I for one, hope there will be more entries because these monsters have the serious “Gravoid” potential.

You can catch Arcadian in theatres today. Check out the trailer below.

About Sean Stewart

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