The Endless

Two brothers in San Diego who escaped from a UFO suicide cult ten years earlier decide that the time has come to return to the cult’s rural compound and see how everyone is making out; after they arrive, their old friends welcome them back, and one of the brothers decides things weren’t so bad there after all. The brothers—played by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead—don’t seem much like trauma survivors (“I saved you from a cult—you’re welcome!” exclaims one), but the premise is good for a fair amount of suspense as the cult members’ gentle, understanding behavior begins to undercut the sinister picture painted of them earlier. Unfortunately the filmmakers introduce a sci-fi element in the second half that deflates much of the interpersonal tension and shifts the focus from the subtleties of mind control to the vagaries of time and space.