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It Comes at Night - Movie Review

5 stars…in which Nietzsche, forever staring into that damned abyss, is proven right once again.  It is us!  It is us!

It Comes at Night will make you feel every single minute of its pitch-black darkness.  The fear this movie inspires to crawl out from within you will have you trembling for a perfect stranger’s hand to hold.  There will be no solace.  There’s no escaping this one, folks, it is a certifiable classic of the genre. 

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film that will have you trembling in your seat, pissed pants and all.  With no early explanation of the landscape as it is, Shults leaves it to the audience to figure out just what in the hell went wrong.  It is a wise choice that immediately thrusts us into the picture as we are confronted with one family’s extreme choice very early on.  It. Is. Horrific.

The sheer bravery this horror film displays as two families face a deadly disease hellbent on destruction is to be championed.  Few studios dare do it as explicit.  Hell, few producers are comfortable leaving audiences to their own devices, preferring to spell everything out.  That doesn’t happen here with Shults’ narrative and it is all the better because of it.

It is my belief that you are better off not knowing much about this film.  Go in cold and be "treated" to one of the most frighteningly original horror films to come around.  It is best to be unprepared for this one.  What I can tell you is that It Comes at Night is yet another SHINING example of modern day horror from A24.  It is a film that is as beautiful as it is brutal.

Much of It Comes at Night’s success comes from the tension that is developed by an isolated existence in the face of the unthinkable.  How far would you go to protect your loved ones?  Could you survive when your deepest darkest fears are confirmed?  This tale of survival – especially in light of its disturbing opening moments – takes all of those answers to task. 

Those are merely some of the questions faced as Paul (Joel Edgerton), his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), and the family dog, Stanley, turn away from the civilized world in order to eek out survival in the wake of a deadly airborne virus.  Soon enough, the outside world comes calling and they decide to group up with another neighboring family - Will (Christopher Abbott), his wife, Kim (Riley Keough), and their youngest, Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner) – in order to help with their collective chances of survival.  

What follows is a harrowing look at the fragility of relationships within an isolated existence.  Much of It Comes at Night will leave you breathless and very, very afraid.  The reasons are far more disturbing than you could ever imagine.  This is character-driven horror that few expect from the genre anymore.  Perhaps that’s the biggest shock of all for Shults’ second feature film.  It doesn’t exist on frights alone.  It Comes at Night arrives on many fronts; it is the real deal.

This is a world where even the tiniest of shadows speak.  They have to tell their story when the economics of language itself tug at the very fibers of dystopia and hauntingly familiar human dynamics.  It Comes at Night, magnificently captured on film by cinematographer Drew Daniels, is truly deep and dark horror that even flashlights can’t cut through.

It Comes at Night will stay with you for days.


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It Comes at Night - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images, and language.
91 mins
: Trey Edward Shults
Trey Edward Shults
Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
: Horror
It comes at night
Memorable Movie Quote: If you’re lying to me, I will kill you.”
Theatrical Distributor:
Official Site: https://a24films.com/films/it-comes-at-night
Release Date:
June 9, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
No details available.
Synopsis: 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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It Comes at Night - Movie Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Available on Blu-ray - September 12, 2017
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
Subtitles: English SDH; Spanish
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc; UV digital copy Digital copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Lionsgate Films presents It Comes at Night with a solid 1080p transfer that retains the strong black levels and stellar shadows that made this one a spectacular experience of horror earlier in the year. It was shot with the Arri Alexa XT camera and the slick image is undeniably clean. Most of this narrative takes place in a dark home with a red door so it becomes important that the space remain detailed and defined. When the group does go outside, the leafy greens are crisp and the blues are clear. With a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix, this release makes for a solid release. You won’t be disappointed.



Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults and Actor Kelvin Harrison, Jr. provide the commentary

Special Features:

We get one extended look at the making of the movie with the release’s only supplemental item. This release is slipcovered and arrives with a UV Digital Copy and a DVD copy of the movie.

  • Human Nature: Creating It Comes at Night (30 min)




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It Comes at Night - Movie Review