Some would say it certainly does NOT come at night…
Secured within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Where to begin? It Comes At Night is absolutely brilliant! Trey Edward Shults follows up his festival favourite ‘Krisha’ with an impressive and well executed tense cabin in the woods psychological thriller, It Comes At Night.
What comes as a surprise is how polarising this film has been, and it’s easy enough to notice that it’s between those who watched the trailers and those who didn’t. I fall in the latter… so naturally I adored the film. The initial poster was all I saw and that was enough to grab my attention.
It’s a true shame to see audiences so hot and bothered over the film. I’ve now seen how A24 has handled the marketing and truthfully it was cheeky of them to promote this film as the next kind of Blumhouse scare fest project, but those already familiar with the studio would recognise their niche taste in art house horror, particularly with Robert Eggers The Witch, which also split audiences in two. Like The Witch, It Comes At Night delves into creepy and unnerving imagery that depicts humanity at its darkest. Expectations should be put aside here and with a second look its hard to see how haters could not see there is real finesse here.
It Comes At Night is an insanely rich and one of the most beautiful shot films of the year. It’s a character driven nightmarish tale that never lets up on its constant sense of uncertainty and unease. The performances are raw, emotional and haunting. Joel Edgerton is a force to be reckoned with and by far this is his best performance yet, he easily steals every scene he is in. Christopher Abbott too is a breath of fresh air and Kelvin Harrison Jr is no doubts a youthful break through star in the wings.
Shults proves once more that what is left unseen can sometimes be so much more terrifying. Yes, there are demons here, but they are the demons we personally battle with and It Comes At Night is a intense look of what fear can turn a person into.
The films does leave a lot of questions unanswered that are difficult to overlook, but the dramatic tension and skilful performances will win you over. Heartbreaking and ultimately bleak It Comes At Night is a marvel, that shouldn’t have its misleading marketing ruin its reputation.
9.0 / 10
“You can’t trust anyone but family”