Secure 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.
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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. Written by
More so than any other genre, horror films are dependent on things like cinematography, mood, color palette, and most importantly tone in order for the film to be effective as a whole. It's interesting how many horror films today don't realize that it's usually what you don't see that ends up being scarier than what you do see. It Comes at Night perfects this formula and gives A24 yet another stylish horror hit.
"Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse". I love that tagline and it works unexpectedly well here. There's something very Walking Dead-ish about this story, especially because this film is predicated more on difficult moral decisions the characters have to make rather than relying on jump scares and gore. The story revolves around a small family who comes across another desperate family seeking shelter and supplies as an unknown threat conquers the outside world. In this case, focusing on the complicated relationship between these families in a dying world is fascinating. It's not often you come out of a horror film raving about the tension between real people, instead of a supernatural force and people. In Walking Dead it's not about the zombies, it's about the people. Same goes here.
Trey Edward Shults does a magnificent job directing his first horror film (previously directed a comedy), and the cast all do their jobs to near perfection. Joel Edgerton, who has made his career on taking on character driven stories, musters up yet another jarring turn as homeowner, Paul. Supporting performances from Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough are more than enough to take this atmospheric horror to the next level. It may turn some people off who were expecting a faster paced supernatural based horror-thriller, but It Comes at Night is more than your average scare-fest. It proves what isn't seen can be more emotionally powerful than something on screen when done correctly.
+Mood overpowers jump scares
+Morally difficult questions
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