Imagine the end of the world— Now imagine something worse.
Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature KRISHA with IT COMES AT NIGHT, a horror film following a man (Joel Edgerton) as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within.
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge.
Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.
What We Thought:
It Comes At Night is a real head scratcher. There’s nothing exactly wrong with the film, but I really don’t see the point of it or would ever have a need to watch it again.
I tend to like post-apocalyptic movies. I’m a big fan of horror in general and adding in a virus and post-apocalypse setting usually works for me. But the film just doesn’t give you enough to really care. You get thrown right into its world with characters nobody knows so why should I care about them?
That’s the biggest issue with the movie, it’s a big ol’ MacGuffin. You get put into this house with Joel Edgerton, his wife played by Carmen Ejogo and his son played by Kelvin Harrison Jr. There’s an older character who is sick and that’s the only part of the virus we really see. There’s no explanation as to what the virus is, when it started, how many people have it or anything. The viewer gets put right into the house without any explanation.
And sometimes that can work. I don’t need every little thing explained to me, but if you want me to care about characters, I should know something. Another couple comes into the house with their son. Well I don’t know anything about Edgerton’s family so should I care if something bad happens to them? Maybe they caused the virus, I have no idea.
It Comes At Night is shot nicely. The actors are all at least decent, but it’s just missing something or somethings. I’m not even sure what I would change either. It doesn’t tell you what comes at night and it seems like the virus can come whenever it likes. The time of day seems irrelevant if it’s contagious. Maybe I missed something, but talking to others, no one really seemed to know what happens either.
Cast & Crew:
- Joel Edgerton
- Riley Keough
- Christopher Abbott
- Carmen Ejogo
- Kelvin Harrison Jr.
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