Fear turns men into monsters.

A24’s new horror flick It Comes at Night saw its cinematic release last night after a ton of hype and rave reviews. The film, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, stars Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough, and Griffin Robert Faulkner.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. A widespread outbreak of disease and mayhem has forced a family to take refuge in a house in the woods. They’re armed with gas masks, rudimentary hazmat suits, and a stockpile of firearms. Their only goal is survival. The arrival of another family brings suspicion, tension, and rivalry. It ultimately challenges their humanity.

It Comes At Night is a film that will shake you to your core. Not because of jump scares or excessive gore, but because it is about the lengths people will go to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s about survival when civilization has collapsed. It forces the viewer to confront the fact that our primordial brutality hasn’t died out; it’s just been lying dormant. As one character so aptly puts it, “Do you know what people are capable of when they’re desperate?”

The cast is nothing short of excellent. The actors give an intensely emotional performance and makes audience root for their survival rather than their demise– a rarity in this genre. The film is supported by the cinematography of Drew Daniels, which feels both intimate and voyeuristic.

It Comes at Night is now playing in theaters, and has a runtime of 91 minutes. Check out the trailer below!

 

[Review] 'It Comes at Night' Is Raw, Gritty Terror
Overall9.5
Pros
  • Excellent script
  • Superb acting
  • Fantastic cinematography
Cons
  • Slow burn
  • Trailer is a bit misleading
9.5Overall Score
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