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Imagine the end of the world-- Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature Krisha with IT COMES AT NIGHT, a horror film following a man (Joel Edgerton) as he is learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.55 inches; 2.56 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Director : Trey Shults
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : September 12, 2017
- Actors : Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
- Producers : Andrea Roa, David Kaplan
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B073LC54KG
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The setting is sparse, not a lot is explained, but I didn’t mind that at all, as the film focuses on one family at first, later on two families, avoids info dumps, and shows rather than tells. The world has been ravaged by a highly contagious fatal disease that leaves lots of obvious signs – including the eyes – of a person being infected. One family, the family that starts out the film, lives miles and miles from anywhere in a rather labyrinthine, dark cabin in the woods, a father (Paul), mother (Sarah, Paul’s wife), teenage son (Travis), and a grandfather (Bud, Sarah’s father). In the first few moments of the film we see that Bud is mentally gone and about done for physically thanks to the disease, with very early in the first few moments Travis and Paul performing a mercy killing on Bud and burning his body. The sad family goes back to their dark cavernous cabin, not going out at night unless it is an absolute emergency, with only one door in and out of their cabin.
Except the very next night someone is trying to enter the cabin. It is zombies? We don’t know enough at this point to rule out zombies as it is never explicitly stated zombies were NOT possible. Having read and watched enough post-apocalyptic movies, normal humans are more than dangerous enough when law and order have gone extinct and people are desperate for food, shelter, guns, and in the case of the man coming through the locked door in the middle of the night, water.
We meet Will (though we don’t learn his name immediately), and Paul is forced quickly to decide what to do with the man. Kill him out of hand? If not kill him, then what? Is he infected? Is he alone? Can he be useful? Can he be trusted? Though the decision – for now – is made to trust Will and bring in his family (which felt to me as much a way to verify Paul’s story as anything), there is still on-going paranoia in the background between the two families. Did Paul and his wife Kim leave any thing out of their story? Can they really be trusted not to murder Paul, Sarah, and Travis in the middle of the night or abscond with much needed supplies? Were they or their young son Andrew infected?
The dark woods during the day (away from the more open area around the cabin) and pretty much all of outside at night is a character in and of itself. The forest and the darkness conceal the cabin but also hide whatever dangers are out there. Are there more dangerous people out there, men with guns, wanting to murder the two families? Are infected people on the way to the cabin, perhaps (maybe like Will) having been alerted to the cabin’s presence by the funeral pyre of Bud? Is it something else? When the family dog goes chasing something in the woods, something unseen, it feels like anything can be out in those deep, dark, wild woods, something unknown, unknowable, and deeply dangerous.
Add the excellent cinematography, of Travis or Paul looking down a long dark corridor at the one door outside, bereft of windows and with a single inadequate electric lantern or flashlight, the dark, twisty, subterranean feeling layout of the cabin, and the extremely dark horrific nightmares Travis has of being infected, the film definitely builds up a real sense of dread of both what is outside the cabin, the larger world that is only just hinted at, and how much of this horror that Will, Kim, and Andrew brought in with them, whether they meant to or not.
I will caution the movie at the end is very grim and almost hard to watch, not in terms of gore or blood or violence, though it is that, but in terms of pure anguish and grief (kudos to the actor who portrayed this, it was raw and very believable though debatable if it was fun to watch, though I acknowledge the skill in writing, acting, and directing).
The movie sort of reminded me of a much more somber, believable, updated version of “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, especially the last line, “"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” I hope that is not a spoiler and there were a number of differences – neither Will’s family or Paul’s family are Prince Prospero and his noblemen friends, nor is there any sort of opulent masquerade or ball going on (though its seems in one scene Travis draws what look like masked figures in a forest) – but there are clear to me any way similarities. It’s definitely a somber film with moments of terror and horror. It is certainly well made and I am glad I saw it.
It was a well made movie though the ending was a downer, I hope that is not too much of a spoiler, the ending really sticking with me, not in terms of horror or terror but sadness.
This movie is a post-apocalyptic slow burn about the lengths people go to to keep their loved ones safe. Once I realized I wasn't getting adrenaline-type thrills the trailer promised, I re-started the movie and absorbed it more as an experience than a wild ride. Every scene overflowed with dread and claustrophobia. The acting is strong, especially the teenage boy, who is the eyes and ears of the film. His nightmares are what "comes at night", and I found him to be a heart-breaking character. His parents do the best that they can to protect him, but they are out of their depth, as seen in what transpires when a new family arrives. The characters don't always do the right thing, but their decision-making is explained well in the script. There are thankfully few quick edits - you see the beginning, middle and outcome of every action. When the inevitable occurs, there is a sense of realism that I don't often see in movies today. The final scene may seem abrupt, but it is breathtaking in its silence and finality. This is not a feel-good movie. I wasn't expecting it to be, but I was still surprised how deeply it affected me.
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This is not really a horror film, despite what the trailer may indicate. This film is about tension and paranoia and the result is disturbing. It does those things extremely well. The first few minutes will leave you feeling uneasy.
I thought the actors were good. It's a well shot movie, but just wasn't quite what I was expecting.
Und mit der Einstellung wurde ich auch wirklich nicht enttäuscht. Ich habe mit den Charakteren mitgefiebert, die durch die ausgewählten Schauspieler sehr gut verkörpert wurden! Außerdem hat mir die Atmosphäre des Films gut gefallen. Ruhig, beklemmend aber dennoch kam Spannung auf durch die immer mehr aufkommenden Konflikte. Und es gab auch den ein oder anderen Schreck-Moment, jedoch war der Film davon nicht überladen.
Ich würde "It Comes At Night" auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen.