Horror / Mystery
Runtime: 97 minutes
Rated 18A: violence, disturbing images, coarse language
Directed by Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keogh
Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Trey Edward Shults follows his breakout debut, Krisha, with the psychological horror thriller It Comes At Night, which centres on a teenaged boy as he grapples with mounting terrors—external and otherwise—in the aftermath of an unnamed cataclysm. Secure within a desolate home with his vigilant, protective and heavily armed parents, 17-year-old Travis navigates fear, grief and paranoia amid scarce resources as a desperate young couple seeks refuge in his family home with their young child. Despite the best intentions of both families, panic and mistrust boil over as the horrors of the outside world creep ever closer. But they are nothing compared to the horrors within, where Travis discovers that his father’s commitment to protecting the family may cost him his soul.
The movie is a close-quarters psychological thriller built artfully and honestly, from the ground up, with more of a nod to early John Carpenter than mid-period Danny Boyle. -Variety
Shults’s film is many things-heart-wrenching, paced to perfection, a masterclass in visual storytelling and genuinely terrifying-but that nothing about it feels beyond the grasp of what Shults wants it to be, of what he knows it can be. -Paste Magazine