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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
Stephen Root ... Arthur Parsons
Joel Courtney ... Brandon Maibaum
Sasha Frolova ... Amanda Quail
Marin Ireland ... Nora Quail
Samantha Logan ... Davara Walsh
Aaron Poole ... Paul
Robert Aramayo ... Garrett
Evan Jonigkeit ... Greg
Adam Ferguson Adam Ferguson ... Tulpa
Robert Coutts Robert Coutts ... The Empty Man
Robert Lee Davis Robert Lee Davis ... News Reporter
Connor Dowds ... Meyer
Jessica Matten ... Fiona
Ron Canada ... Detective Villiers


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

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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 »

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The title card doesn't appear on-screen until 20 minutes into the film. See more »


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

User Reviews

The Empty Man Whispers in Tongues!
23 October 2020 | by baehr_adamSee all my reviews

I'll start by prefacing that I haven't read the graphic novels yet; also don't judge the film on the trailer. You will regret it. I learned about this movie a day before it released by accident. I'm a horror aficionado and this movie was so below the radar I don't believe anybody knew about it; especially about it releasing in theaters. The story is about an ex-cop investigating a missing persons. The story evolves from there into a nightmare of sorts. The acting was good; though James Badge Dale as James stole the entire film through his incredible performance. The jump scares weren't numbered in the likes of Paranormal Activity or Sinister and etc, but I also believe jump scares are so cliché now. The pacing was very well done; granted the movie is almost 2.5 hours long. The ambient audio was spectacular and honestly one of the best sound designs for a horror film I've ever heard which I know is a tall statement. The cinematography was extremely well shot. If you can imagine a combination of Sinister, Hereditary and It Follows rolled into one, but executed wonderfully then you will have an inkling of what this film is about. I highly encourage you'll to watch it; given 2020 has been so thin on legitimate horror/supernatural thriller films this is a gem in the darkness.

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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

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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