It Comes At Night Film Review

Movie cover for It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night 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.

Release Date: June 9th, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 31 minutes |  Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Starring: Joel EdgertonChristopher AbbottCarmen Ejogo






It Comes at Night Review

It Comes At Night was a great post-apocalyptic drama that tried too hard to give itself a false-horror feel. It was that trying to add horror that wasn’t already there portion that made it fizzle a bit. The movie just outright felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be.

It Comes at Night was well-acted. The cinematography was fantastic.  The dialogue was sparse and fitting. There were moments of quiet that really set the atmosphere. While there were a few lulls, it was for the most part paced well. I will note, however, that part about the pacing is from my partner. I, personally, was bored to near tears frequently, but as that’s more because I have the attention span of a flea, I’m not going to take it out on the movie.

Basically, if it had promised what it actually was, instead of trying to be something it wasn’t, I think the reception would have been a lot more positive.  It Comes at Night had so much going for it.  From the aforementioned cinematography to the excellent actors, it scored a lot of high points. I loved the fact, too, that the family was multiracial and… well, the family was simply multiracial. The husband was white, the wife and son were not. It was simply there, and it never played into the story. Not even one tiny bit.

It Comes at Night had moments of delicious ambiguity. We left the theatre with a lot of questions, and no good answers for them. It wasn’t really clear how long the problem had been going on. I initially thought months or years. But then it made it sound like it had only been weeks. I liked that. And, for once, I can’t even gripe about the ending! It was pretty much perfect. It didn’t spell things out, but you knew what was going to happen. Lovely, really.

I loved the red door in It Comes at Night. It wasn’t subtle, it wasn’t even necessary, but it made for very striking imagery. Especially since  one would think they didn’t paint the door red just when the shit hit the fan, but that it was probably already that color. And it says so much. You know when the danger comes, wherever it comes from, that door is how it will get in. 

I felt like this movie was set up to fail, though. From the misleading marketing of It Comes at Night, clear to the fact that it was only receiving extremely limited screenings at the theatres. Our local theatres only showed it once a day at 4:55 pm. Who exactly rushes to see a ‘horror’ movie at 4:55 pm? Nobody! We had to arrange our schedule specially just to go see it!

Overall, It Comes at Night is a great movie for drama-lovers, but hardcore horror enthusiasts might want to stay away from it. 

4 thoughts on “It Comes At Night Film Review

  1. As someone who unwisely earned three creative writing degrees (one of them an MFA) my big beef with this movie was that the world didn’t establish rules. Sure, the family may not know the rules, but those rules can’t manifest differently and make me believe. For instance, we know the disease spreads easily and you get the symptoms fast. So why was the grandfather sick and in the house? They wouldn’t have known he was sick fast enough to avoid the disease themselves. If no one else was sick in the house, where did the grandfather go and get infected? It’s a strict rule that no one travel, especially alone.

  2. Give me atmosphere and it doesn’t have to be horror. Your review has me even more curious. And I won’t have any expectations. I’ll just enjoy it.

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