“Horror derives as much from the narrowness of his characters’ minds as the Cronenbergian mortifications of their flesh, creating an all-too-plausible nightmare of media’s ability to turn brother against brother. And while most movies of this type simply peter out, Instructions maintains such an unswerving commitment to its dark purpose that its final, gorgeously tenebrous images will leave you wobbly for days.” Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“All at once tense family drama, Cronenbergian horror, social satire and sci-fi reimagining of the Nativity, Await Further Instructions shows how difficult it is to escape the domineering, malevolent influence of the media, be it the xenophobic press, poison-spewing televisions, or even films just like this one. It is also a dark vision of both domestic dysfunction and national polarisation in small-minded, small-screen Little Britain.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures
“An important subject doesn’t necessarily make for a thrilling satire/social critique and Kevorkian and Williams simply aren’t outlandish enough to land their half-baked ideas about television’s dominating influence. Await Further Instructions never really works, but it’s worth rooting for … right until it collapses spectacularly.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
“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
“The idea is clever, and the effects work is very strong, but the film feels under-imagined. Perhaps the script could have used at least one more rewrite to iron out the character inconsistencies. As is, genre fans will enjoy the escalating mayhem and some moments of inventive, audacious grisliness. But it would have been nice to have a thematic payoff too.” Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
” …it’s almost unbearably claustrophobic and once the suitably OTT climax arrives, everything takes a Cronenbergian / Lovecraft turn, evoking memories of Videodrome and Richard Stanley’s Hardware. It’s perfect anti-Christmas viewing, subverting the nativity, tradition, and heritage equally, and will hopefully have audiences questioning what they are told by the idiot box in future.” Martin Unsworth, Starburst
“Obviously, it isn’t always pleasant to watch a family disintegrate into chaos and madness, but this is a compelling example that goes in directions that are more than surprising. It’s an infecting escalation of claustrophobia mixed with quality gore that manages to make you wonder how it will ultimately play out. When it finally does, you’ll likely revel at its originality as opposed to shrugging it off.” Jim Laczkowski, Voices and Visions
“Kevorkian manages come up with some disturbing images as he pits the final survivors against each other, and the source of their predicament. It’s a very abrupt change in both tone and pace but it delivers the payoff the film needs. A mix of genres that delivers a timely message while being entertaining rather than preachy, Await Further Instructions is one of the better films to come out this year.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony
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. Blu-ray and DVD releases followed on December 12, 2018.
Cast and characters:
- Sam Gittins … Nick
- Neerja Naik … Annji
- Abigail Cruttenden … Beth
- David Bradley … Grandad
- Grant Masters … Tony
- Holly Weston … Kate
- Kris Saddler … Scott
Hemingbrough, North Yorkshire, England
91 minutes | aspect ratio: 2.35:1
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