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AFI Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

16 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the films that will be featured in their New Auteurs and American Independents sections at the upcoming AFI Fest 2017 presented by Audi. Selections include a number of lauded features from around the festival circuit, including Cannes offerings like “I Am Not a Witch,” SXSW favorites like “Gemini” and “Mr. Roosevelt,” the Sundance breakout “Thoroughbreds,” and Joseph Kahn’s Toronto Midnight Madness favorite “Bodied,” among others.

Highlighting first- and second-time feature film directors, New Auteurs is designed as the festival’s platform for upcoming filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their new films. This year, the section includes 11 films, nine of which come from female directors. Similarly, AFI Fest’s American Independents section aims to represent the best of this year’s independent filmmaking. Pushing boundaries of form and content across narrative and documentary cinema, this section includes 11 films from both fresh »

- Kate Erbland

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Lff 2017: ‘The Endless’ Review: Dirs. Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson (2017)

13 October 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Endless review: Two brothers return to the cult that they left years before and find that things are even stranger than they remember. 

The Endless review by Kat Hughes

The Endless Review

Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are two brothers struggling to fit in with the world. The reason for this is that they spent their formative years in a strange cult out in the desert-like wilderness. Justin broke the pair out whilst a young teenager, and though he has never looked back, his younger brother Aaron has become obsessed with their past. Desperate for his brother to connect with the world around them Justin reluctantly offers to take them both back for a short trip. Hoping for closure, the pair set-off, but once they arrive at the commune Justin realises that nothing has changed, especially the people. Can he get them out safely a second time? »

- Kat Hughes

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Dazzles 50th Sitges Festival

6 October 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sitges, Spain — Opening with Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which dazzled critics and audiences alike at the Spanish Festival, the 50th Sitges Festival, a Mecca for genre fanboys and Europe’s biggest fantasy event, looks set to pack some weighty Spanish world premieres: “La Zona,” the fourth original series from Movistar + to see the light of day, a family and crime drama set in the wake of a post nuclear power station meltdown; and “Muse,” an English-language supernatural thriller from Filmax and one of its star directors, Jaume Balagueró, whose [“Rec”] franchise installments have proved a highlight of multiple Sitges events.

Sitges will also world premiere “Errementari – The Blacksmith and the Devil,” a Basque Country-set fantasy horror debut from Paul Urkijo, mentored by Álex de la Iglesia and again sold by Filmax.

The big TV premiere is a departure for Sitges. Del Toro’s humanistic horror and powerful local premieres are not so new to »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Fantastic Fest Review: Benson and Moorhead's Brilliant 'The Endless'

29 September 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead are a filmmaking duo that have quietly made some of the best genre films the indie world has seen in recent memory. Their first film, Resolution, switched up the game when it came to stories about storytelling, and Spring, for all its interesting & intelligent monster movie elements, is a heartfelt and beautiful tale of love. Their latest, The Endless, goes back to a storytelling well the team dipped into with their first film, but it plays on such an elaborately greater level that it becomes a beast completely unto itself. The Endless is a horror/sci-fi film like nothing the cinematic world has seen thus far and only serves to prove Benson & Moorhead as some of the strongest voices in the world of indie cinema. In the film, the two filmmakers play versions of themselves, Justin and Aaron, two brothers who ten years prior escaped from »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Fantastic Fest Had a Rough Year, But the Best Movies Featured Powerful Women

29 September 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, Fantastic Fest turned 13, a number that felt apt if you’ve been following the news. Most conversations started like this:

“How are you?”

“How are you?”

Exhale. Hug. Repeat.

Eventually, people got around to talking about the films. Even those were emotional.

Tortured Souls

In past years, bringing context into the Alamo Drafthouse theater meant deciding not to chomp chips and queso during a hushed thriller. This time, audiences welled up watching Carla Guigino confront a lifetime of abuse as the emotionally and physically handcuffed wife in Stephen King’s “Gerald’s Game,” a Lifetime movie-looking low budget adaptation whose blockbuster impact at the Fest might not translate to people at home when it premieres on Netflix. (Guigino, however, is terrific in a dual-of-sorts role as the manacled victim and her empowered subconscious.)

Read More:Fantastic Fest Under Fire: Why America’s Preeminent Genre Festival Needs Its Fans »

- Amy Nicholson

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Fantastic Fest: Talking ‘The Endless’ With Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

29 September 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Matthew Monagle

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead talk 'The Endless,' time travel, and the pervasiveness of cults in popular culture.

The article Fantastic Fest: Talking ‘The Endless’ With Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Matthew Monagle

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First Trailer For Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s Cult Horror ‘The Endless’

26 September 2017 2:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been an amazingly exciting time for horror in the last few years. From “You’re Next” to “Get Out,” from “Kill List” to “The Wailing,” from “The House Of The Devil” to “Eyes Of My Mother,” from “The Witch” conquering the indie box office to “It” busting blocks, there’s been an impressive range of genre-breaking styles and ways to terrify you in theaters in the last few years, birthing all kinds of exciting filmmakers.

Continue reading First Trailer For Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s Cult Horror ‘The Endless’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Spring’ Directors Go Supernatural in First Trailer for ‘The Endless’

26 September 2017 5:57 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After melding a romance drama akin to Before Sunrise with an unsettling horror feature in Spring, directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are back with their next film. The Endless, which premiered earlier this year and recently stopped by Fantastic Fest, riffs on H.P. Lovecraft’s “Unknown,” and now the first trailer has landed.

“You don’t need to have seen Resolution to enjoy what this new film offers, but it does enrich the experience ten-fold because of the expansion of mythology that’s presented through two minor characters originally dismissed as brief comic relief,” we said in our review. Starring Benson, Moorhead, Tate Ellington, Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, and Lew Temple, see the trailer below.

Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead star as brothers who receive a mysterious message inspiring them to pay a visit to the cult they escaped as children. »

- Jordan Raup

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Teaser trailer for Benson & Moorhead’s ‘The Endless’

25 September 2017 5:21 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead star as brothers who receive a mysterious message inspiring them to pay a visit to the cult they escaped as children in The Endless…. As unsettling events and phenomena begin to occur, the brothers are forced to question whether the cult’s supernatural beliefs might not be entirely made up – and if, now that they’ve returned, they’ll be allowed to leave again.

Showing at this years London Film Festival, The Endless stars Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington, and James Jordan. »

- Phil Wheat

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Watch the trailer for supernatural thriller The Endless

23 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new teaser trailer has arrived online for the upcoming supernatural thriller The Endless. The film is directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead who also star alongside Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple, and James Jordan; watch it below…

Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead star as brothers who receive a mysterious message inspiring them to pay a visit to the cult they escaped as children. As unsettling events and phenomena begin to occur, the brothers are forced to question whether the cult’s supernatural beliefs might not be entirely made up – and if, now that they’ve returned, they’ll be allowed to leave again. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Enter the Unsettling Community of an Eerie Cult in Teaser Trailer for Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s The Endless

23 September 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following its well-received (and shocking) world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's new film The Endless was picked up for North American distribution by Well Go USA back in May, and ahead of its theatrical and home media release in early 2018, a new teaser trailer for the film has been released, immersing viewers in the unsettling atmosphere of a cult's isolated—and otherworldly—community.

You can watch the new teaser trailer below, and in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's Tribeca review of The Endless, as well as her interview with co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, as well as producer/co-star David J. Lawson. An exact release date for The Endless has yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.

"Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead »

- Derek Anderson

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'The Endless': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

23 September 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Indie auteurs renowned for the originality and craft of their microbudget horror movies, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead make the transition from writer-directors to leading men with their ambitious third feature, The Endless. The knotty plot overlaps with events in their 2012 debut, Resolution, expanding some of its themes into a richer and stranger backstory. But prior knowledge of the duo’s previous work is not necessary to savor this rich banquet of mind-bending weirdness.

Already garlanded with prizes and buzzy reviews on the festival circuit, The Endless is shaping up to be a career-making breakthrough for Benson and Moorhead. Following »

- Stephen Dalton

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Fantastic Fest – Check Out The Endless Teaser Trailer!

22 September 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Well Go USA just sent over a new teaser trailer for Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s sci-fi horror/thriller The Endless (review), along with the film’s Fantastic Fest screening details! If you’re in Austin, you Do Not want to miss this… Continue Reading →

The post Fantastic Fest – Check Out The Endless Teaser Trailer! appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Chaotic ‘The Endless’ Trailer is a Trip

22 September 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Ahead of its Fantastic Fest screenings in Austin, Texas, Well Go USA shared the official teaser trailer for The Endless, a chilling sci-fi/horror hybrid from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (ResolutionSpring) that they plan to release in 2018. I labeled it as another “true indie gem“ out of the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Moorhead and Benson […] »

- Brad Miska

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First Trailer for Benson & Moorhead's 'The Endless' from Fantastic Fest

22 September 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"In your own words, what is 'it'?" Well Go USA has released the first teaser trailer for the new film The Endless, from Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, the duo behind the cult favorite horror film Spring from 2014 (it was in Jeremy's Top 10 of 2015 he loved it so much). The Endless is a film about two brothers, as played by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead themselves, who return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought. That sounds like one hell of a pitch with lots of mystery. The cast includes Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington, Emily Montague, and Peter Cilella. This is playing at Fantastic Fest and the London Film Festival, so take a look for your first glimpse, and keep an eye out if you're intrigued. This is a great teaser. Here's the »

- Alex Billington

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The Endless: Who's Next? First Trailer For Horror Thriller From Benson And Moorehead

21 September 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

(Now with a better, larger embed)   As The Endless, the third film from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, goes along its mysterious way through the festival circuit the first trailer was released today over at EW. You may find that below.   Screen Anarchy's Shealgh Rowan-Legg reviewed the film when it premiered at Tribeca, where their first film Resolution premiered as well. Everything comes full circle, in more ways than one. While you would be hard pressed to find any Anarchist in the group who has seen the film and does not like the heck out of it it is her words that will be recorded for posterity.    ...Benson and Moorhead have crafted the kind of fantastical horror that creeps under your skin...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson on Crafting The Endless

16 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Recently at Fantasia 2017, I was able to catch the Canadian premiere of The Endless, the new feature from co-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. As with Resolution and Spring, what they did here with The Endless was rain a whole ton of talent on just a little bit of money. That’s to say they’ve delivered a Diy film that doesn’t look or feel Diy, has a great cast with strong performances, a compelling story, and cool special effects. Even Guillermo del Toro is a fan. I was able to speak to them in Montreal the day after The Endless played to approximately 800 Canadians. Here’s what went down -- and check out the clip below the interview. Going into the film, I didn’t...

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First Round of Fantastic Fest 2017 Titles Announced

8 August 2017 4:06 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Fantastic Fest, the festival for all things weird and wacky, is just over a month away and the first wave of programming for 2017 has just been announced.

This year's fest, which runs September 21 to 28, will screen not one but two Stephen King adaptations: 1922 based on Stephen King's 2010 novella about a teenager who murders his mother as well as Gerald's Game, Takashi Miike's 100th movie Blade of the Immortal (review), Stefan Ruzowitsky's Cold Hell, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead The Endless as well as the North American premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' Killing of a Sacred Deer ( [Continued ...] »

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BiFan 2017: The Endless and Behind The Dark Night Triumph on Closing Night

22 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

After eight days of screenings and round-the-clock BBQ, the 21st edition of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) held its closing ceremony at Bucheon's City Hall on Friday, July 21st. Topping the awards during the night was The Endless, the third feature from Screen Anarchy favorites Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The winner in the Korean section was the debut film Behind the Dark Night by Shim Chan-yang. In Bucheon Choice, Sadrac González-Perellón's Black Hollow Cage was awarded the Jury prize while Giddens Ko's Mon Mon Mon Monsters took home the Nh Audience Award. A special mention was reserved for Hentaida (I Am a Pervert) by Anzai Hajime.
 Looking at the Korean Fantastic section, Park Ji-soo earned the Best Actress accolade for her role...

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'The Endless' wins top prize at Bifan festival

20 July 2017 8:15 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sci-fi by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

Asia’s largest genre film event, the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan), awarded its Best Of Bucheon prize to The Endless.

Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson receive a cash prize of $17,900 (KW20m).

The Us sci-fi horror thriller follows two brothers who return to visit what they believe to be a UFO death cult that they escaped at a younger age.

Benson and Moorhead also star and the innovative team has previously been noted for co-directing genre favorites Resolution and Spring.

The Endless made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been snapping up distribution deals since. Read about those here and here.

The Bucheon Choice: Features jury was made up of Train To Busan actor Kim Eui Sung, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival director Angel Sala, Korean producer Shin Chul (My Sassy Girl), programme director of the Hong »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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