The Endless ★★★★½

The cleverest rope-a-dope filmmakers around, Moorhead and Benson once again take what looks to be a style of modest means and a relatively superficial if intriguing story and stake it to a deeply dense Lovecraftian horror concept. There's a lot of ways to read the central metaphor: sure, it's about family, but it's also about filmmaking, and watching the film as thinly veiled autobiography (right or wrong, I have no idea) carries a double emotional weight - the sheer repetition of the project, the fragility of creative partnership, and so on. While THE ENDLESS works without having seen RESOLUTION, I strongly recommend watching RESOLUTION first anyway, as even having it floating dimly around in your head (as I did, having seen it several years ago) will pay strong dividends.