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The Remaining

The Remaining
The Remaining 2014 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCasey La Scala
Produced byMarc Bienstock
Brad Luff
Screenplay byCasey La Scala
Chris Dowling
Story byCasey La Scala
StarringJohnny Pacar
Shaun Sipos
Bryan Dechart
Alexa Vega
Italia Ricci
Music byNathan Whitehead
CinematographyDoug Emmett
Edited byPaul Covington
Production
company
Distributed byTriumph Films
Release date
  • September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2.3 million[2]

The Remaining is a 2014 American apocalyptic horror film directed by Casey La Scala, who co-wrote the script with Chris Dowling.[3] The film had a limited theatrical release on September 5, 2014 and centers upon a group of friends that are forced to examine their lives after the Apocalypse strikes.[4]

Plot

The film opens with a montage of videos depicting Skylar "Sky" (Alexa Vega) and Dan's (Bryan Dechart) happy moments together. In the present, Skylar and Dan are celebrating their wedding. Tommy (Johnny Pacar) is shooting a documentary as a favor for Dan. During the wedding, Tommy is in an elevator with Skylar's parents, who are Christian. However, before answering a question, the air turns cold and Skylar's parents suddenly drop dead, with their pupils shrinking to a pin-prick size. When Tommy exits the elevator, he finds the main floor has descended into high chaos, as others have dropped dead with the same pin-prick pupils. As Tommy and Jack (Shaun Sipos) exit the building to investigate a tremor, they find the city up in flames as planes fall from the sky and explode upon impact.

When racing back to the building to find a safer way out, an ear-splitting sound, similar to a trumpet, echoes across the building. After this, loud claps of thunder and intense lightning are present. When Tommy, Dan, Skylar and Jack exit the building safely, Skylar theorizes that they are experiencing the Rapture, as the believers are raptured and the non-believers are left behind. Tommy dismisses this, as what he believes what is happening right now is related to science. Skylar then declares that they need to get to a place of safety, as the events will grow worse and worse as time goes on.

Afterward, monstrous-sized hail rains down on the town. The four proceed to seek shelter in a library. Tommy encounters Sam (Liz E. Morgan) in the library. Skylar finds a bible and tells Sam, Dan, Jack, and Tommy a verse related to the Rapture, the First Trumpet. The five proceed to go to a nearby church for safety. Nearing the church, a demonic being snatches Skylar out of Dan's grip and they find her on the road but heavily injured by the entity. Upon reaching the church, the group is let in and led to the sanctuary for safety by Pastor Shay (John Pyper-Ferguson).

When walking in the church, Jack reunites with Allison (Italia Ricci) while Dan tries to comfort Skylar while she is being healed. When Tommy asks what's going on, Shay explains that they are living in the Rapture. More survivors are let inside the church, but one of them is pregnant. The pregnant woman does give birth, but her baby doesn't show signs of crying or breathing, indicating that the baby is stillborn. When Tommy asks why God kills these people, Shay explains that God raptures the believers' souls while leaving their mortal bodies behind. Shay explains that the reason why he wasn't raptured was that he didn't display real faith in Christianity. A survivor tries to get into the church, only for a demonic being to kill him, while cracking a church window in the process. Sam records Tommy say a message to Allison just in case Tommy doesn't make it. A news article reveals that the Rapture has occurred worldwide, with children, infants and Christians getting raptured, with scientists labeling it as "Instant Death Syndrome" and that unusual weather has been occurring worldwide. Tommy shows Shay, Jack, and Allison a video of Skylar getting snatched by the unknown force, with Shay explaining that the Fifth Trumpet was played. Frame by frame, they see the face of a Fallen.

Cast

Production

La Scala was inspired to create The Remaining while working on the film Amityville: The Awakening and visiting the set of Paranormal Activity 5, where he wondered "What would it be like to do a global Paranormal Activity?"[5] After that, La Scala began researching mythologies for the film while also drawing upon his own past Biblical knowledge.[5] He decided to "[follow] the rules of Revelation" and tried to make the film Biblically accurate.[6][7]

Release

The film opened in the United States on September 5, 2014. In its opening week, the movie grossed $159,143 from a total of 67 screens. In its second week, the screen count increased to 85 and brought in $242,095, a 52% increase (while retaining the film's per-screen average of opening week). The movie dropped for the next two weeks. Even though the movie dropped by 38% in its fourth week, the movie almost doubled its per-screen average compared to opening week. So far, the film has made $1,109,157.[2]

The film also began its international run in both Philippines and Mexico on September 24 and 25, respectively. It expanded shortly thereafter to Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia at the start of October. The international total stands at $573,627.

As of December 2019, the film has a worldwide gross of $2.3 million.[2]

Critical reception

Reviews have been predominantly negative.[8][9]Variety was mixed in their opinion of the film, criticizing it for using overly cliched elements of the found footage genre and for containing "ham-handed" dialogue, speechifying, and proselytizing, while stating that the film might "find an appreciative audience once this small-budget indie finishes its limited theatrical run and is resucted in homescreen platforms."[10]Commonsensemedia and The Washington Post both panned the film,[11] with The Washington Post rating the movie at a half star and writing that "There's a fundamental problem here. The movie relies on the instinctual human fear of death, but its message is that dying is a promotion."[12]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film however currently holds a 56% "rotten" rating.

References

  1. ^ "THE REMAINING (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The Remaining - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Marie, Brownie. "Horror film about the rapture, 'The Remaining,' coming to theatres". Christian Today. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Koonse, Emma. "'Sin City' Star Alexa PenaVega Describes the Apocalypse in Her Rapture-Inspired Film 'The Remaining'". Christian Post. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b Hanley, Ken W. "Exclusive Q&A: Director Casey La Scala on "THE REMAINING" and "AMITYVILLE"". Fangoria. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Dreher, Dave. "Interview (Part One): The Anatomy Of A 'Faith-Based' Horror Film - Director Casey La Scala Discusses 'The Remaining'". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Courter, Barry. "Faith-based horror? New film, 'The Remaining,' hopes to straddle two genres". Times Free Press. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "The Remaining". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "The Remaining". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Leydon, Joe. "Film Review: 'The Remaining'". Variety. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "The Remaining (review)". Commonsensemedia. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Jenkins, Mark. "'The Remaining' movie review: Left behind at the altar". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014.

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