To understand the ending of this film, you have to look at where it all begins. The first segment, titled “The Way Out,” begins with two bloodied individuals, Mitch (Chad Villella) and Jack (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin), driving through a desert morning. It turns out that they are running from strange hovering monsters that have been following them all night. They stumble down a mysterious highway and stop at a seedy gas station.
When trying to drive away, however, they always somehow return to the gas station. Jack does his best to escape the infinite loop, although Mitch believes they are better off just accepting their fate. Jack is killed by one of the monsters and Mitch manages to get to a motel. There he enters a room and meets Catherine, his dead daughter. She calls out to him and he chases her across the room in another chaotic loop, unable to reach her. A maid puts a do not disturb sign on his door, leaving him captive.
It was all foreshadowed by a radio show from earlier in the segment: “To the lost lonely souls speeding down the path to salvation, we’re all on the same highway, one that never ends, tonight might be the night we might.” Overtake our demons once and for all.” Even without knowing exactly what these guys have been doing, we can tell by their blood-soaked expressions on their faces that they have been through a lot, with both literal and metaphorical demons refusing to give them rest And that’s just a taste of what’s to come.