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CAST
JOEL EDGERTON
KELVIN HARRISON JR.
CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT
CARMEN EJOGO
GRIFFIN ROBERT FAULKNER
RILEY KEOUGH
DAVID PENDLETON

WRITTEN BY
TREY EDWARD SHULTS

PRODUCED BY
DAVID KAPLAN
ANDREW ROA

DIRECTED BY
TREY EDWARD SHULTS

GENRE
HORROR
MYSTERY
THRILLER

RATED
AUS:MA
UK:15
USA:R

RUNNING TIME
91 MIN

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

It Comes at Night succeeds as a creepy post-apocalypse horror, that treads down the dark path of paranoia and violence in its tale of survival amidst a world turned on its head.

When it comes to post-apocalypse movies, scale plays a large part. You see it in the vast barren desert landscapes of the Mad Max films or the globe hopping reach of Contagion. Hell, even the likes of Zombieland clocks up kilometres with its road trip structure. It Comes at Night is very much an exception, a sanitary piece that dare not step foot into an outside world gone to hell.

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Its setting is a country home embedded deep within the woods of parts unknown America. Its inhabitants Paul (Joel Edgerton), his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their teenage son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) live under strict seclusion to stave away a highly infectious and deadly disease that has decimated the outside world. The rules are simple: always stay in pairs; only venture out at night in times of an emergency; and make sure the red door that leads to the house is always locked!    

One night someone comes a tapping on that red door in the form of Will (Christopher Abbott), a family man in desperate need of supplies. After initially resistance (to put it mildly), Paul and his family agree to take in Will, his wife Kim (Riley Keough), and their young son Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner). Slowly an almost tranquil existence begins to manifest itself between the two families, until the presence of something sinister threatens to tear them all apart.

The delivery of that “sinister” element – creepy in tone and tension thick in pace – is done brilliantly by writer and director Trey Edward Shults, who with his second feature has already developed a reputation as a master of suspense, and with good reason. Drenched in a dread filled paranoia that oozes from the screen and infects its audience - who have no choice but to be consumed by the horror drama impeccably played out before them -  It Comes at Night effectively touches upon the deepest, darkest fear of all parents: the inability to protect their children from an indestructible force.

Shults presents this nightmarish vision with a primal, gut wrenching realism, spliced with surreal dream sequences that brings the horror in this devastating horror movie. Performances from all involved are strong, especially from Edgerton whose portrayal of a history teacher turned strict authoritarian survivalist, a blend of stern toughness and on the edge madness.

It Comes at Night is not an easy film to sit through for those uninitiated in the art of teeth clenching, brow grimacing, horror suspense grittiness that Shults has delivered here. But for those with the nerve and the understanding, it is one of the best films of its kind released this year.

****

 

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