It Comes At Night isn’t a slasher, jump out of your skin, creepy scenes fest and those are probably some of the reasons why it wasn’t embraced fully by the very demanding horror community that I'm proudly part of, but I fall in the group of people that actually really enjoyed this flick. Reason being is I love psychological thrillers and this film has it all: paranoia, tension and a mysterious sickness that is
In a house in the forest, a family of 4 is barricaded inside with very little time allowed to go out. Soon we find out the granddad is very unwell with some highly contagious mysterious disease, that has no cure and it’s also pretty obvious there’s not much time left for him on this planet. No one can get into his room without a gas mask and skin on skin contact is forbidden. When the old man is put out of his misery in the woodlands nearby by his family, the body is then disposed by setting fire to it. A few nights later a man breaks in the house, probably attracted to the area by the smoke coming from the elder, but why is the intruder really doing there? Is he lying about his intentions? Can the family trust him?
One of the most common complaints about It Comes At Night is that people were expecting a boogie man that would actually show up in the middle of the night. But it doesn’t. You definitely won’t see any monster but something does happen during the small hours and it isn’t pleasant, whatever it is, expect it to tear the household apart.
The layout of the house that is not quite explained, adding to the sense of uneasiness, the dialog is heartfelt and realistic, that’s why I found it easy to sympathize with the protagonists. What would you do if you found yourself in this situation? Of course, anybody would put their family before anyone else, but at what price?
Written by Mags