In a world where monsters attack at night, we see yet another world, post-apocalypse, where a handful of people struggle to survive.

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Plot Summary

A father, Paul, and his two boys, Joseph and Thomas, live in a world where humanity locks and boards up every door and window at night. Why? Because monstrous beings hunt at night and it does so in numbers that make fending for yourself a challenge.

Luckily, Paul has his boys, and Thomas has made friends, maybe even a girlfriend out of Charlotte, on a nearby farm. However, as the monsters seem to evolve or realize there are more ways to enter a home than through a window or doors, so comes the question of how Paul and his boys may survive as they are forced to find new ways to survive the night.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Nothing Notable
  • Violence: Gun Violence, Dismemberment, Blood, Torture, Notable Fight Scenes
  • Sexual Content: N/A
  • Miscellaneous: Depiction of Corpses, Body Horror, Drinking, Smoking

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where did these monsters come from, and how long have they’ve been roaming?
  2. Are these monsters mutated humans or just an alien species?
  3. Is the battle we see early in the movie and in the trailer a fight between humans or against the monsters? It is in the daytime, so wouldn’t the seemingly nocturnal monsters be hiding somewhere?

Characters and Cast Members

Paul Nicolas Cage
Joseph Jaeden Martell
Thomas Maxwell Jenkins
Charlotte Sadie Soverall

Character Description(s)


Nicolas Cage as Paul Arcadian directed by Benjamin Brewer 2024 Shudder scaled

Paul is a survivor of what happened to humanity. He has spent the last 15 years raising two boys he has found, teaching them everything he has learned so they can survive on their farm.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Renfield.”


Jaeden Martell as Joseph Arcadian directed by Benjamin Brewer 2024 Shudder scaled

Joseph is the nerdier of the two boys, often reading and trying to research the monsters and these strange roach infestations that consistently appear in the movie. He also is interested in technology and might be an inventor of sorts.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Knives Out.”


Maxwell Jenkins as Thomas Arcadian directed by Benjamin Brewer 2024 Shudder scaled

Thomas is the athletic one, the risk taker, and because of that, Paul worries about him far more than Joseph and is a bit harder on him.


Sadie Soverall as Charlotte Arcadian directed by Benjamin Brewer 2024 Shudder scaled

Charlotte is a young lady who lives on a more affluent farm than Paul, which includes sheep and lots of land, and her family even has money for stuff like medicine.


Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Good If You Like

  • Horror movies focused on characters with survival skills

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  1. A Quiet Place: A movie also featuring monsters that only hunt humans under certain conditions, specifically if they make a sound.

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How Freaky The Monsters Look

I don’t know how to describe the monsters beyond saying they look like something out of a “Resident Evil” game. They join together to make a wheel to chase down prey. They may have a standard, contortionist body, but then they open their mouths, and their jaw dislocates and rapidly opens and closes in the most freaky of manners. Then, when you add in the sound of it? Oh, the monsters become what could be the sole highlight.

Low Points

The Lack Of Character Development Or World-Building

“Arcadian” isn’t the type of movie that gives you background or builds up its characters in a way that makes the possibility of them dying something that could make you emotional. Charlotte hints at what may have led to the world being as it is, but it is not treated as fact and is a literal thing she explains within less than a minute as a game she plays with Thomas. So, in terms of how the world ended up this way, when, and what is the overall state of society? You are given very little to go by.

The same can be said with the characters. Paul is a father and a farmer, and that’s the beginning of the end for him. Joseph is introverted, likes to read and draw, and is a bit of an inventor. Thomas? He runs fast, has a crush on a girl in his community, and is a bit more of a risk-taker. Charlotte? Beyond being a girl from a family doing well? There isn’t much to her as an individual.

Together, these aren’t characters you can get invested in or a world that pushes you to be curious or rewards you for asking questions or wanting to know more. This is a bare-bones film with very little to offer beyond scenes when the monsters attack.

Background Information

Film Length 1 Hour 32 Minutes
Date Released April 11, 2024
Where To Watch In Theaters
Director(s) Benjamin Brewer              
Writer(s) Michael Nilon
Genre(s) ActionHorrorThriller
Content Rating Rated R

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Arcadian (2024) Movie Review


“Arcadian” may have interesting, fear-inducing monsters, but with lacking world-building and its characters far from notable, this is not a film to rush to see if you have other movies, or even shows, on your to-do list.

  • How Freaky The Monsters Look - 83%
  • The Lack Of Character Development Or World-Building - 62%
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