await further instructionsDark Sky Films
2018
NR

It’s Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly – an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen a message glows ominously: ‘Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions’. As the television exerts an ever more sinister grip, their paranoia escalates into bloody carnage.

I know what you’re thinking. Maybe. You’re probably thinking, “Hey, according to that description blurb that Uncle NecRo stuck up there, this sounds something like that “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” episode of The Twilight Zone.” And I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. After having watched Await Further Instructions, though, I would liken the movie to more of an extended, feature-length episode of The Outer Limits. The 1990s revival version, not the 1960s classic, mind you.

So what we have with Await Further Instructions is a very tense science fiction psychological thriller that may be as subtle with the social commentary as a cinder block with the word SUBTLETY written on it being heaved through a window and hitting you square on the forehead, but it’s a well-made and well-paced bit of British science fiction that manages to wiggle and burrow its way underneath the skin and embed itself there long after the end credits roll. The movie deftly leaves you with more questions, but in a way that adds to the tense atmosphere and paranoia that ensues. That ending show itself still chills me when I think about it.

In the end, Await Further Instructions is a small sci-fi flick that deserves to be sought after and checked out.