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The Empty Man (2020)

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On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.


David Prior


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Badge Dale ... James Lasombra
Marin Ireland ... Nora Quail
Sasha Frolova ... Amanda Quail
Samantha Logan ... Davara Walsh
Evan Jonigkeit ... Greg
Virginia Kull ... Ruthie
Robert Aramayo ... Garrett
Ron Canada ... Detective Villiers
Jessica Matten ... Fiona
Aaron Poole ... Paul
Stephen Root ... Arthur Parsons
Jamie-Lee Money ... Lisa Schwartz
Owen Teague ... Duncan West
Joel Courtney ... Brandon Maibaum
Phoebe Nicholls ... Nurse Allerton


On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The first night you hear him. The second night you see him. The third night he finds you.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


When James first enters the Pontifex Institute, the camera lingers on a painting in the hallway. The painting shows the cabin in which the four hikers shelter at the start of the film. See more »


The film opens with the 20th Century Fox logo instead of the 20th Century Studios logo. See more »


[after watching and escaping cult practices]
James Lasombra: What the fuck was that? What the fuck was that?
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo makes a surprise return in the opening of the film. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: A Powerful Rat (2020) See more »

User Reviews

Science fiction, not horror. Does NOT match the trailer.
25 October 2020 | by blatherskitenoirSee all my reviews

Unfortunately for this film, the trailer appears to promise a standard, formulaic horror film with teenagers doing stupid, occult things and dying horribly for our entertainment. People who show up to watch it, expecting that kind of movie, will be very disappointed and likely confused and bored. It is more accurate to say this is a Gothic-Lovecraftian psychological thriller/mystery. It's not scary, more atmospheric with creepy moments, and it would actually fall solidly under the umbrella of science fiction, instead of horror. "Damaged ex-cop stumbles upon an ancient, Scientology-esque cult attempting to 'manifest' an inter-dimensional being on this plane of existence; mind-effery on the nature and meaning of reality ensues" is my attempt at a synopsis. You will enjoy this film if you like: -Lovecraft anything -Mind twisty things, like wondering if reality is real -Reading 'dark' and 'gritty' graphic novels with complicated plots (I believe it's actually based on one) -Noir science fiction You will not like it if you just wanted a horror film. The film is largely well done for what it is, but unfortunately the people who will enjoy it and the people who will go see it are unlikely to be the same people due to its advertising.

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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Edwardsville, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,310,326, 25 October 2020

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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