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
The painting featured in the movie at the beginning is titled, "The Triumph of Death". See more »
On more than one occasion in the film, a lead character uses gasoline as fuel to start a fire, but then carelessly leaves the gas can in dangerously close proximity to the open flames as he lights his matches and starts the fire. In real life it would have been extremely likely that fumes from the gas can would have ignited, being so close to the open flames, and possibly caused serious injury or death to the lead character or others nearby. See more »
Can you hear me? Dad, can you hear me?
[nodding a weary yes]
You don't need to fight it. You can just let it all go. Everything's okay.
[pan reveals that she is speaking with a mask on]
I love you, dad. I do. I'm so sorry. Oh, god...
[gets up to go]
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A taut, atmospheric thriller that captures the psychological torture of classic horror films
Set in a post-apocalpytic world following a mysterious contagious outbreak, It Comes at Night (2017) immediately throws us into the the lives of Paul, Sarah and their son Travis, who are one of the few remaining families. The story is one that depicts a state-of-mind rather than a kind of zombie outbreak, which is what the trailer might have misled people about. Rampant with fear and paranoia, we slowly learn of how this family got to this point still alive and the obstacles they face when a desperate young family comes seeking shelter. But its strong grasp on atmosphere and tension certainly owes something to some of the older classics of the horror genre; and makes this film a worthy entry into it.
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