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'The Vast of Night': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Amazon Prime's new sci-fi film

The streaming platform is set to launch the critically acclaimed sci-fi film, 'The Vast of Night'

Are we the only living creatures to exist in the universe? For centuries, people have reported seeing unidentified objects in the sky, eerie supernatural and some not so spooky other-worldly happenings. There is also a conspiracy theory of aliens helping Egyptians build the pyramids back in the day because considering that their technology was way ahead of their time. 

There's still no definite answer to this question. It's either that or it's truly a well-guarded government secret and the Men in Black are doing exceptionally well in keeping people in the dark about the existence of these other galactic entities. Either way, for years now filmmakers have been attempting to quench our thirst for knowledge on the 'little green man' and many sci-fi films about aliens have become cult classics. Added to that mix, here's a new film that's delving into the possible existence of our cosmic neighbor.

Amazon Prime's latest offering is going to be about extra-terrestrials. The streaming platform is set to launch the critically acclaimed sci-fi film, 'The Vast of Night', and here is everything you need to know about it. 

Release date

The Vast of Night, Theatrical Poster (Wikimedia Commons)

'The Vast of Night' is slated to release on Amazon Prime Video on May 29.


The film's setting is based in 1950s Cayuga, New Mexico, and follows the story of a young switchboard operator Fay and radio DJ Everett. The two teenagers discover a strange audio frequency interrupting their radio channel and decide to investigate it, possibly changing their small town's future forever. The plot of the film pans out like it's an episode of a television series called 'Paradox Theatre', which is similar to 1950s sci-fi classic 'The Twilight Zone'.


Sierra McCormick 

Sierra McCormick attends the premiere of New Line Cinema's 'Lights Out' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2016, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

McCormick first came to national attention on the television game show 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader', before venturing into acting. She is known for portraying the role of Lilith on the television series 'Supernatural' and also had a guest appearance on the Disney series 'Hannah Montana'. She plays Fay Crocker, a switchboard operator in 'The Vast of Night'.

Jake Horowitz 

Jake Horowitz (IMDb)

Jake Horowitz has starred in the movies 'Agnes' (2020) and 'Castle Freak' (1995). He is also a theatre actor. Horowitz plays Everett, a radio DJ  in 'The Vast of Night'.

Gail Cronauer 

Gail Cronauer (IMDb)

Gail Cronauer is a feature film actress and an acting professor, who has performed in a diverse range of films including Oliver Stone's 'JFK' and the TV series, 'Walker, Texas Ranger'. She portrays Mabel Blanche in 'The Vast of Night'

Bruce Davis

Bruce Davis (IMDb)

Bruce Davis is a veteran police officer-turned-actor, known for his role as Officer Reeves in the Tupac Shakur music biopic 'All Eyez on Me'. He enlisted in the Navy from 1983 to 1987 and also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He started a musical theatre career in 2004 and was cast as Judas Biggs in the musical 'Soul on Fire'. Since then he has been cast in various shorts, feature films and regional commercials. He portrays Billy in 'The Vast of Night'.


Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson attends 'The Vast Of Night' screening during the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 11, 2019, in East Hampton, New York (Getty Images)

Andrew Patterson has previously directed 'Prepper' (2016) and 'Let There Be Zombies'.


The film premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and went on to screen at other film festivals such as the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, 2019 Overlook Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards and at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival. It also won various accolades at each of these film festivals. Amazon Studios acquired the movie in September 2019 and released the trailer for its digital release on February 6, 2020. 

The film is also set to get its theatrical release via select drive-in movie theatres across the country on May 15 and 16, 2020. Since it is reminiscent of the 1950s setting, the movie tickets for each car attending the drive-in screening will retail at 50 cents. 

The sci-fi film has been given a 88 percent approval rating on the movie critic site, Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.96/10. The critiqued the film as:  "An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson". 



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