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MicroReview: It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes At Night Horror Movie Review

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. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.


It Comes at Night is certainly a bold film. Film maker Trey Edward Shults (Krisha) has created a claustrophobic horror movie, albeit one with some misleading marketing behind it. The film is extremely well written and directed, with Shults bringing a disquiet and paranoid portrayal of the abandonment of modern society, and the loss of societal norms. No, it's not a monster movie.

Shults' movie is a journey into what fear can do to an individual, and to a family, as control is taken away. Set within a house in the middle of the forest, a young family, hiding from a potential disease that ravages the world around them, must deal with a second family when they arrive seeking help.

There are some stunning performances from the players, including Joel Edgerton (Bright) and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) as the elders of the family. But standout without doubt is the haunting performance of Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Assassination Nation), who puts in a beautiful portrayal of a young man, confused, and sexually awake.

While not a traditional horror movie, it stands good stead next to the likes Hereditary as slow burn and thoughtful, and in understanding, absolutely terrifying.

Outstanding stuff from all involved.

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