Written By: Daniel Kinsley
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with anxiety, fear, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the daily life of nearly everything and everyone. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents: THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to help shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
For Day Nine, go down the rabbit hole with this festival favorite indie-horror film. Now available on Netflix!
The Endless (2017)
One of this writer’s favorite films from the Telluride Horror Show, The Endless (2017) is the third feature from writer-director duo Aaron Moorehead and Justin Benson (who also star). The boys are unapologetic genre enthusiasts, but they have used each of their features to turn ideas of traditional horror on its head, plucking tropes and ideas and then reshaping them into stories that are driven as much by deep emotion as they are scares. The word “Lovecraftian” (used to describe cosmic horror, or perhaps more pertinently, the fear of the unknown) gets thrown around a lot, and this is one film that certainly earns the comparison, particularly as the boys seem more interested in posing questions than answering them. The pair’s real-life chemistry is put to great use as two brothers who are drawn back into the orbit of a mysterious UFO death cult they once escaped. If it all sounds a bit out there, well, it is and it is not. It is to their enormous credit that the human drama remains at center stage, and the questions surrounding them matter far more than what might be lurking out there in the dark.