Await Further Instructions – UK, 2018

‘Contain. Corrupt. Control.’

Await Further Instructions is a 2018 British science fiction horror feature film directed by Johnny Kevorkian (The Disappeared) from a screenplay by Gavin Williams. The Goldfinch Studios/Shudder Films production stars David Bradley, Abigail Cruttenden, Holly Weston

When the Milgram family awake to discover a mysterious black substance surrounding their house, their only clue is a single line of text on television: ‘Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions’.

Unsure if they are victims of a cruel psychological experiment, or if the country is undergoing a genuine emergency, simmering tensions escalate into a deadly power struggle…

The film is released on Blu-ray and DVD by Dark Sky Films on December 12, 2018.

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Special features: Interviews | Storyboards | Concept Art

Reviews:

Await Further Instructions is a bleak, bleak movie, one which doesn’t have a whole lot of optimism about human beings or their relationship to technology. We’ll blindly follow whatever screens tell us, and it’s a practice that’s not going to end well. But it’s also smart sci-fi horror, well-realized and effective, the kind of movie that’s easy to recommend to genre fans.” Patrick Bromley, Bloody Disgusting

“It’s definitely not the feel-good Christmas film of the year, but Await Further Instructions is an unsettling paranoia thriller that will please genre fans looking for a different take on technological terror. Thick with social commentary, there’s a lot to unpack throughout the film, and it’s likely that this one will stay on your mind long after the credits roll.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

Await Further Instructions is a heady, hardwired robotrip via “Cult Of Apple” horrors proposed by our ever-evolving digital age. Home invasion chills meet overlord toxicity, all while aptly befuddled characters attempt to safely navigate trauma no one can explain […] clever dissection of screen culture and nasty desecration of one family’s not-so-jolly reunion.” Matt Donato, Dread Central

It’s heady, scary stuff and the screenplay from Gavin Williams piles on the crazy incrementally, always allowing us to believe that these characters would actually think and act as they do […] The madness gets a little too Cronenberg-y in a final act that veers far afield from the deranged, yet contained, madness of what came before…” Blake Crane, Film Pulse

“As the story progresses it ventures into some distinctly science-fiction territory; we’ll keep exactly how a secret, but trust us it’s good. Practical effects elevate the film, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than CGI blood etc. The glare from the television screen, blues and greens, give a nice dynamic colour palette to what could have ended up looking like a kitchen sink drama. A single situation story that explores the horrors of family, conformity and our relationship with technology; go in fresh and enjoy the journey…” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

“A low budget British horror with a smart script that takes the Nigel Kneale route of doing satire through science fiction and does it well. Thought provoking and disturbing […] the less you know about this one the more you’ll love it (and hopefully be blown away by what happens). Seriously good creative stuff.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

“The script by feature first-timer Gavin Williams packs in plenty of conflict on both the personal and visceral levels, for Kevorkian to fashion into a tense and frightening film that’s also relevant to our current times. […]effects designer Dan Martin contributes strikingly creepy creations.” Michael Gingold, Rue Morgue

Release:

In the UK, Trinity Films is releasing Await Further Instructions on DVD on 7 January 2019.

In the US, the movie was released by Dark Sky Films in select theaters and VOD on October 5, 2018.

Filming locations:

Hemingbrough, North Yorkshire, England

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