Embrace portentous mystery: Head into The Vast of Night

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“In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown. Written by James Montague and Craig W. Sanger, directed by Andrew Patterson. The Vast Of Night is coming soon to theaters and Prime Video.” (synopsis via Bleeding Cool)

“They’ve come before. They like the place. They always have.”

Yep, they’re just the words you want to hear from an introspective old lady when you’re hot on the heels of a HUGE mystery that could define life as you know it. (She means puppies right? I mean, puppies like things don’t they? Yeah, she TOTALLY means puppies … or not.)

I mean, you want answers but weird ladies muttering about how much “they” like things? Colour me unnerved.

Which is precisely the state of the film’s protagonists Fay and DJ Everett who follow all kinds of unnervingly oblique clues until … well, the world begins to look freakishly and strangely not at all like itself.

The fact that this happens all night, hence the title, makes them feel ever creepier which is, I guess, the whole idea, and which earned all kinds of rave reviews when it screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019 including one from Variety which makes the film sound like exactly the kind of film we need in an era when the shadows harbour all too known demons.

Far better the ones that lurk on the edges, right? Perhaps … we’ll find out on 29 May when The Vast of Night releases on Amazon Prime Video.

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