‘The Vast of Night’ is now available on Amazon Prime Video. This gem proves that good science fiction doesn’t require astronomical budgets.
In a New Mexico city in the 1950s, a switchboard operator, Fay (Sierra McCormick), and a local DJ, Everett (Jake Horowitz), begin to pick up strange signals coming through the calls and the radio. Together, in a single night, they work to find out what’s going on and what the source of the signals is.
Presented as an episode of a mock anthology show along the lines of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘The Vast of Night’ is a tremendous low-budget sci-fi movie that is worth watching without much more knowledge about science or conspiracy theories.
For a movie that cost less than $1 million, it’s a wonderfully scary exceptional piece.
‘The Vast of Night’ is a contemporary version of Roswell-style conspiracy stories, with more than a bit of Spielberg’s style from the 1970s. Director Andrew Patterson achieves much by creating ambiguity about the signals heard by the characters and allowing the audience to fill in the gaps.
While the film lacks a great and surprising twist to make it unforgettable in the way all the best science fiction anthology episodes are, it is a neat little story that is scary enough to keep you on edge until its end. The close friendship between its two young protagonists and their reactions to the unknown is the real reason to watch.
At just over 89 minutes long, it is a small film perfect to pass the time while you wait for the cinemas to reopen where you are.