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The Vast of Night (2019)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 29 May 2020 (USA)
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In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

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Andrew Patterson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sierra McCormick ... Fay Crocker
Jake Horowitz ... Everett
Gail Cronauer ... Mabel Blanche
Bruce Davis ... Billy (voice)
Cheyenne Barton ... Bertsie
Gregory Peyton Gregory Peyton ... Benny Wade
Mallorie Rodak ... Susan Oliver
Mollie Milligan ... Marjorie Seward
Ingrid Fease ... Gretchen Hankins
Brandon Stewart ... Sam
Kirk Griffith ... Lon Stemmons
Nika Sage McKenna ... Daisy Oliver
Brett Brock ... Fred Seward
Pam Dougherty ... Mrs. McBroom / Jane Greer / Winfred
Lynn Blackburn ... Ruth Reynolds
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A mysterious frequency descends on a small New Mexico town in the twilight of the 1950s, forever changing the lives of two youths as they investigate and encounter its origin. Spanning a single night, director Andrew Patterson's transfixing debut barrels its characters through a tribute to the starry-eyed speculations of Rod Serling, as Patterson and his compatriots meticulously render a bygone era. It's one that eschews empty nostalgia through judicious shading of history's insidious margins, and which infectiously captures the wonder of technology, as well as the unsettling risks that come with peering into the unknown. Intermittently framed within the hazy black-and-white scan lines of a television broadcast, Patterson's scope frequently widens to a vivid roaming gaze that fluidly connects its plucky protagonists through a series of increasingly gob smacking long takes. In other scenes, the camera settles with intense concentration on a single subject, achieving taut suspense ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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GED Cinema See more »
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The take with Fay at the switchboard is nine minutes and forty seconds and is cut down from an original 11-minute take. See more »

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My score mostly is because the filmmakers manage to make so much of such a tiny budget.
3 November 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Vast of Night" was recently purchased by Netflix and so it should soon appear on the website. For now, it's playing the film festival circuit...and I saw it at the Philadelphia Film Festival. I am glad I did, as the movie really managed to produce a huge bang for very few bucks. To make up for the low budget, the movie is very dark and makes the most of creepy music and a creepy atmosphere.

The story is designed like an installment of a 1950s teleplay--a movie made for television. It opens on a television screen and soon the camera pans in and the movie begins in earnest. It is set in a tiny Texas town and stars mostly two folks, a young man and his teenage lady friend. The pair hear strange sounds at night that are unexplained...and the rest of the town never notices since nearly everyone else is at the local high school basketball game. What are the sounds and who is responsible? Watch the film!

The director is the star her as well as the folks who created the look of the picture. A must-see for young filmmakers who need to see how to make a very good film for next to nothing! In fact, a lot of big-name Hollywood filmmakers also might benefit from seeing this as well!


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