What the Fest!? was a pretty awesome festival and I’m super grateful that PopHorror could help cover some of the films. They had an amazing lineup including the widely talked about cult story, The Endless.
I had heard some pretty amazing things about The Endless from both critics and friends alike – which is a rare thing. The raves definitely had me excited for it. Did it live up to its hype? Find out.
This exciting new supernatural thriller was co-directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Both Benson and Aaron star in the film along Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Emily Montague, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple, and more.
Official Synopsis for The Endless:
Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.
This was hands down not only one of the best cult films I’ve seen in a long time (probably since The Sacrament) but one of my top favorites of 2018 thus far. It was an intriguing and creative story, with amazing character development, uncomfortably bizarre scenes, and wicked twists lurking around every corner.
I absolutely love films about cults. They often freak me out more than any other film, because I know things like this do happen plus usually fucked up shit occurs that sends chills down my spine. I love that The Endless took a unique crazy cult story and blew it out of the fucking water. It was brilliantly creative and unlike anything I’ve seen before. It constantly had me guessing and wondering what the hell was going on. I felt like Nancy Drew but failed horribly.
The characters are what truly drive this film especially the troubled brother duo Justin (Benson) and Aaron (Moorhead). Their chemistry was so raw and genuine. You could feel their love for each other as well as their want to protect one another. It was also easy to relate to both characters. Aaron is wanting more to life, something new, something different. He sees endless opportunities at the camp and wants to make something of himself. Meanwhile, Justin is the typical older brother who thinks he knows best and doesn’t want Aaron to make mistakes. Especially mistakes that may forever ruin his life.
All of the other characters just gave me the heebie jeebies. They all appeared relatively normal, but you know something isn’t right. Something is off about them, but what?
Speaking of heebie jeebies, there are some truly bizarre scenes throughout the film. Even more so when the truth starts to come out about the cult and what they’re all about. It was utterly insane, but had me wondering what I would do in this situation. Life can be hard but I’m not sure I could ever take the plunge.
The twists and turns take awhile to happen, but it’s well worth the wait. Although I had my suspicions to what was going on, I couldn’t possibly foresee what was to come. It was freaking bonkers and I loved it. Possibly one of the best cult stories ever.
Final Thoughts on The Endless:
This film is a must-own for your collection. It delivers on all aspects and will have you fearing the unknown more than ever. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are a kickass duo both behind the camera and in front – I can’t wait to see more from them in the future. The film opens on April 6, so be sure to check it out!