Endsville is a mock-documentary about a hapless doomsday cult living in the rural town of Endsville. Ivy Vaughn (Jim Gaffigan), a documentary filmmaker, follows the exploits of The Honorable Reverend Caleb Solar (Kyle Secor) and his motley band of followers as they await “Quellish”, or the end of the world. Nine Endsville residents have chosen to follow Caleb’s teachings, mainly as an excuse to get away from the responsibilities of living in the real world. Starting with their unfortunate choice of names, the Divine Order of Faithful Servants (or DOOFS), the group proves to be helpless and generally incompetent, without the aid of Kenneth Thith (Alan Ruck), Caleb’s second-in-command. When Kenneth faints from exhaustion, the others must learn to fend for themselves and carry out the tasks set forth by their leader as they await doomsday.
We follow the group with Ivy as he observes bizarre rituals like a goat sacrifice and prayer sessions, in which the group sits in tires while hooked to a car battery. Ivy interviews townies about the cult and speaks with the group’s impressive adversaries, “The Knights of Yahweh”, a rival cult in town led by Prince Victor (William Fichtner). Convinced that a giant flood, “El Agua,” is going to wipe out humanity, Caleb and his followers, who include a shady accountant (Ethan Phillips); a divorced housewife (Laraine Newman); an Army reject (David Moscow); a nubile teenager (Tracy Hutson); an alcoholic Brit (Graeme Malcolm); a spaced out cult veteran (David Warshofsky); and an architect (Dwight Ewell); set out to build an “Ark of Salvation” to take them to the new world. As the countdown to Quellish approaches, tensions run high and our previously cheery group begins to unravel.
Whether they’re engaging in peculiar rites or just going about their daily business, Caleb’s minions are an amusing, unusual, and indelible bunch. With cameos by Judd Nelson, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Jay O. Sanders.