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* MissConception: Mabel had no idea that the thing she was allowing her boyfriend to do to her was how babies were made.

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* {{WPUN}}: Appropriately for the film's plot, the radio station's call letters are WOTW, initials for ''Franchise/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.


* BaitAndSwitch: When Fay calls to check in with her cousin, the phone cuts off. She and Everett run over to check and find Fay's baby sister, who the cousin was supposed to be babysitting, alone and crying. [[spoiler: Turns out nothing is wrong. Her cousin just snuck out to make time with her boyfriend, like a typical irresponsible teen.]]



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: PlayedWith. Vast of Night depicts the public perception of 1950's Americana as reality. While the fashion, cars and technology is accurate the politics are not. To wit, Everett is encouraging of Fay's interest in science and pushes for her to go to college when she seems hesitant. This sentiment while unremarkable today was virtually unheard of in small town America during the 50's, a time which was obsessed with recapturing the traditional values and social purity of the Victorian Era.
** Furthermore, Fay's hesitance to go to college is more based around money and her position as breadwinner in the family. In the 1950's most colleges were unisex, and the ones that weren't, still did not accept women in STEM programs. Likewise she and several other women are employed which goes unremarked on by anyone. While Fay only works out of economic necessity, many different women hold a variety of jobs and that wouldn't happen without least someone commenting on it.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: PlayedWith. Vast of Night depicts the public perception of 1950's Americana as reality. While the fashion, cars and technology is accurate the politics are not. To wit, Everett is encouraging of Fay's interest in science and pushes for her to go to college when she seems hesitant. This sentiment while unremarkable today was virtually unheard of would have been more unusual in small town America during the 50's, a time which was obsessed with recapturing the traditional values and social purity of the Victorian Era.
** Furthermore, Fay's hesitance to go to college is more based around money and her position as breadwinner in the family. In the 1950's most 1950s a lot of colleges were still unisex, and the ones those that weren't, were co-ed still did not accept discouraged or straight-up barred women in from their STEM programs. Likewise she and several other women are employed which goes unremarked on by anyone. While Fay only works out of economic necessity, many different women hold a variety of jobs and that majors. It wouldn't happen without least someone commenting on it. be impossible for her to go to college, but sexism would be a significant hurdle. (Working as an operator wouldn't have been seen as the same thing, even though it's working with technology, because it was viewed as an unskilled job suitable for young women before they got married.)



* RunningGag: Fay sprinting off toward her next destination, even when Everett has his car handy.

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Fay sprinting off toward her next destination, even when Everett has his car handy.


* ShoutOut: The radio station's call letters are [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds WOTW]].

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The radio station's call letters are [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds WOTW]].WOTW]].
** A minor character is named Rennie, a reference to the actor who played Klatuu in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill.''
** Another character is named Susan Oliver, after the a actress who played Vina in "[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage.]]"
** Several characters mention a nearby town called Santa Mira, the setting for ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers.''


The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019 and was picked up by Amazon Studios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various [[DriveInTheater drive-in theaters]].

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The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019 and was picked up by Amazon Studios Creator/AmazonStudios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various [[DriveInTheater drive-in theaters]].

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''The Vast of Night'' is a microbudget science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small town in the 50s who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.

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''The Vast of Night'' is a microbudget science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small UsefulNotes/NewMexico town in the 50s TheFifties who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.


-->''There's something in the sky.''

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-->''There's ->''There's something in the sky.''



The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019 and was picked up by Amazon Studios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various drive-in theaters.

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The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019 and was picked up by Amazon Studios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various [[DriveInTheater drive-in theaters.theaters]].



!!Tropes found in this film include:

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!!Tropes found in this film include:
!!The Vast of Tropes:



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Everett is several years older than Fay but spends on awful lot of time with her, and there seems to be a mutual attraction. However, they never overtly express interest in each other, and they both discuss moving to larger cities to follow their careers.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Everett is several years older than Fay but spends on awful lot of time with her, and there seems to be a mutual attraction. However, they never overtly express interest in each other, and they both discuss moving to larger cities to follow their careers.careers.
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** The story about the squirrel getting killed by chewing though a wire and shorting out the school's electricity.


** What makes this trope played with is it is deliberately invoking 1950's sci-fi which often depicted a homogeneous and monochromatic America.

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** What makes this trope played with is it is deliberately invoking 1950's sci-fi sci-fi, which often depicted a homogeneous and monochromatic America.America that was inherently perfect in it's ways until attacked by some evil outside force.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The film takes place in the 1950s and examines events from the 1940s. Billy states that the dangerous military detail he was given was reserved for black and Latino soldiers. He delays revealing the fact that he's black to Everett. Everett responds by saying that he suspected as much, which would be considered rather impolite in modern times.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The film takes place in the 1950s and examines events from the 1940s. Billy states that the dangerous military detail he was given was reserved for black Black and Latino soldiers. He delays revealing the fact that he's black to Everett. Everett responds by saying that he suspected as much, which would be considered rather impolite in modern times.times.
** Nothing is made of Everett flirting with Fay despite him being several years her senior.



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: PlayedWith. "Billy", the caller who Everett and Fay speak to over the radio, eventually reveals that he's black. Neither of them seem to think any less of him, but Everett is still taken somewhat aback and notes that they've never had a person of color on the show before.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: PlayedWith. "Billy", Vast of Night depicts the caller who Everett public perception of 1950's Americana as reality. While the fashion, cars and Fay speak to over technology is accurate the radio, eventually reveals that he's black. Neither of them seem to think any less of him, but politics are not. To wit, Everett is encouraging of Fay's interest in science and pushes for her to go to college when she seems hesitant. This sentiment while unremarkable today was virtually unheard of in small town America during the 50's, a time which was obsessed with recapturing the traditional values and social purity of the Victorian Era.
** Furthermore, Fay's hesitance to go to college is more based around money and her position as breadwinner in the family. In the 1950's most colleges were unisex, and the ones that weren't,
still taken somewhat aback did not accept women in STEM programs. Likewise she and notes several other women are employed which goes unremarked on by anyone. While Fay only works out of economic necessity, many different women hold a variety of jobs and that they've never wouldn't happen without least someone commenting on it.
** Also Everett uses the term Black nonchalantly and Billy refers to himself as Black, at the time Black was a slur and no-one in the 1950's would call someone Black un-insultingly.
** Inverted in it's setting. The movie strives from an Anytown America feel, but is set in New Mexico a state that has always
had a person large Hispanic population. This was especially pronounced in smaller towns which were often entirely Hispanic and bilingualism was a fact of color on life throughout the show before.state until the 1960's. Still the cast and everyone mentioned, save Billy, are Non-Hispanic White. Even if they are supposed to be White Hispanic, in the 1950's the vast majority of Hispanics in New Mexico were were ether monolingual in Spanish or primarily spoke Spanish at home. The only mention of Spanish at all is when the old lady identifies the Signal as not-Spanish.
** What makes this trope played with is it is deliberately invoking 1950's sci-fi which often depicted a homogeneous and monochromatic America.


''The Vast of Night'' is a science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small town in the 50s who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.

The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019, and was picked up by Amazon Studios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various drive-in theaters.

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-->''There's something in the sky.''

''The Vast of Night'' is a microbudget science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small town in the 50s who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.

The film screened at the Slamdance Film Festival and 2019, 2019 and was picked up by Amazon Studios later that year. It was eventually released on Amazon Prime in May 2020, while also showing at various drive-in theaters.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Judging by the mound of ash that remains in their place, Fay and Everett were abducted or vaporized by aliens for discovering them]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Judging by the mound of ash that remains in their place, Fay Fay, Everett, and Everett Maddie (the baby) were abducted or vaporized by aliens for discovering them]].



* TheOner: There are several over the course of the movie, sometimes playing out a whole scene in a single take. Some of them are an EpicTrackingShot.

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* TheOner: There are several over the course of the movie, sometimes playing out a whole scene in a single take. Some of them Two notable instances are a 9-minute-long take of Fay trying to find out what the noise is on the switchboard, immediately followed by an EpicTrackingShot.EpicTrackingShot through the town to the basketball game, then to Everett in the radio station.



* RunningGag: Fay sprinting off toward her next destination, even when Everette has his car handy.

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* RunningGag: Fay sprinting off toward her next destination, even when Everette Everett has his car handy.


* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler:Fay and Everett interview an old woman who claims her son was abducted years earlier. By the end, Everett and Fay may have been taken as well.]]

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* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler:Fay and Everett interview an old woman who claims her son was abducted years earlier. By the end, Everett and Fay may have been taken as well.well, if not outright vaporized.]]


''The Vast of Night'' is a science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone2019'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small town in the 50s who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.

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''The Vast of Night'' is a science fiction thriller film and the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson. The film is presented as an episode of a science fiction anthology series along the lines of ''Series/TheTwilightZone2019'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' or ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', and tells the story of two high school audiophiles in a small town in the 50s who pick up a mysterious frequency of unknown origin.


* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Fay relates reading three articles in a science magazine predicting future technology. The first describes what amounts to satellite navigation and self-driving cars, which it claims will be the only way to drive by 1990. The second describes cell phones. The third predicts that people will travel long distances in tubes, which obviously has not come to pass.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Fay relates reading three articles in a science magazine predicting future technology. The first describes what amounts to satellite navigation and self-driving cars, which it claims will be the only way to drive by 1990. The second describes cell phones. The third predicts that people will travel long distances in tubes, which obviously has not come to pass. Everette is amused by each prediction.

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