Await Further Instructions – UK, 2018: with over 20 reviews

‘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 and Holly Weston.

Plot:

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…

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Reviews:

“Unfortunately this is a genuinely mean film – both in character, as well as the way that characters treat each other. Despite high production values and good FX, Await Further Instructions‘ fatal flaw is that spending nearly two hours with despicable characters isn’t enjoyable, even if part of the experience is watching them get their comeuppance.” Joe Lipsett, Anatomy of a Scream

“Whilst their enmity lurks in the background, the family must work together to save themselves from an unknown threat. A threat only communicated to them via a rather too sentient television set. Johnny Kevorkian has created a clever and brutal film which melds sci-fi with horror to great effect.” Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

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

“Heavily stylized but narratively empty, Kevorkian wears his ’80s era horror influences proudly throughout this work of budget British horror and while both he and Williams exhibit occasional flashes of potential, somewhere along the way they managed to trap themselves inside the heart of the film as well with no idea how to get out…” Jen Johans, Film Intuition

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

There’s armrest-clutching brilliance in the way this sweatily tense low-budget British horror lays out a family Christmas from hell, and then cranks it up into something truly gruesome […] it’s a shame that Await Further Instructions throws it away with the same old horror film cliches in a finale that fails to satisfy the buildup.” Cath Clarke, The Guardian

“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

“The perfect one-location sci-fi-tinged chiller for our paranoid, politically unstable, ecologically doomed times, this bleak study of the fragility of humankind has its roots in the extra-terrestrial “test” at the heart of a stand-out Twilight Zone episode […] This film’s disquieting reveal involves impressive physical and CGI FX, a Christmas birth and a marvellous final shot of a radically altered suburbia.” Steven West, Horrorscreams Videovault

“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

” …in its final stretch, Await Further Instructions reveals itself as a hollow, hamfisted polemic, one with all the profundity of a bumper sticker. The filmmakers slather on shallow moralizing about the evils of screen slavery and blind obedience to authority, all to distract from how little thought they’ve given to the film’s scenario.” Andrew Wyatt, The Lens

” …when you figure the film must be a straightforward comment on the government — or perhaps TV news — and the masses’ tendency to do whatever they’re told. Well, keep watching, because Await Further Instructions is much more fun and shocking than that.” Johnny Oleksinsky, New York Post

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One Comment on “Await Further Instructions – UK, 2018: with over 20 reviews”

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