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3.0
815 Ratings

It Comes at Night

Directed by Trey Edward Shults
United States, 2017
Horror, Mystery

Synopsis

A father will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.

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It Comes at Night Directed by Trey Edward Shults

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

Camerimage

2017

Gotham Awards

2017 | Nominee: Breakthrough Actor

Frustration can be understandable, since the film’s sparse scene-by-scene storytelling suffers from a certain vagueness: a vague post-apocalyptic scenario and a vague “it” stalking the woods yield a vague allegory… that, like many films from the indie sphere, feels like a strong concept that had to be padded to reach 90 minutes. It is only in the third act that the vagueness starts to lift, at least thematically, leading to a terrific payoff for anyone who doesn’t insist that stories be tidy.
October 08, 2017
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The subtlety of Shults’ screenplay lies in the slow unveiling of what or who actually poses a threat to this status quo. More hazardous than the deadly disease is the penetration of the family unit the influences of Will and his wife, their presence embodying an increasingly symbolic danger: Will as a threat to Paul’s pride and authority, and Kim as an object of sexual fantasy and desire. The battle ahead is not physical, but ideological.
July 21, 2017
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Because the expertly crafted atmosphere is not backed up by story or narrative development, the film ultimately feels more like an exercise in (very good) style than a fully realised film. Laudable story and themes are enunciated as marks of intent, rather than truly felt and explored. As such, watching It Comes at Night often feels less like experiencing a film than it does observing a director construct one.
July 05, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    If something like this happened, I'd definitely be one of the first to die. I have no survival instincts at all. I think the title is misleading. All the way up until the end I kept wondering what 'It' is. Damn it! The horror film as metaphor again. Great acting and production values.

  • josé neves's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    Digital. Coming at night helps a lot to create environments and suspended sensations, at night all cats are gray and several are the scares, moreover, the night has been on the side who always knew how to love it: Whale, Browning, Tourneur, Fischer, Carpenter, De Palma, Argento. Here the night helps to imagine a film in which the camera were wise, the script dynamic and the end unpredictable.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    Let it never be said that you can't end the world on a tiny budget. Mis-marketed as a horror movie, it suffers a bit from vagueness: a vague post-apocalyptic scenario and a vague "it" yielding a vague allegory—something about paranoia, something about American isolation, maybe something about race—that feels like a short film padded to a feature. I will say this, though: the last act is a fantastic payoff.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    Shults follows "Krisha" with a sophomore film that also evokes feelings of paranoia and claustrophobia, and this time around it's not just one person facing a family meeting but two families on some kind of post-apocalyptic scenario. All the things left unanswered just made it even creepier. Another small-scale but effective work.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film It Comes at Night

    Psychological drama with some terror mis-marketed as a terrifying horror film. Sure the performances were okay, and the photography was quite nice, but the story was a paint-by-numbers. I predicted the ending as soon as the little boy is found sleeping in a room by himself. Nothing about this is fresh or new, but I'm always interested to see another crack at a psychological story during the apocalypse.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    Wow! This is really wall put together with a steady and gradual ratcheting of dread and paranoia that plays out in an easy to identify with family dynamic. Great performance across the board but the real strength is in it's playing for subtext and all of the things left unsaid.4 stars

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    It's hard, having seen it in a theater full of people stunned unto nonplussed whispers, bullshit-calling mockery, and pissed-off, refund-hungry invective, not to mention, and rue, the bait-and-switch of the film's marketing. Still, had those rubes rolled with it, they'd have found a simple, precise film about family, desire and disease, about borders and others, and it would have scared them, and broken their hearts.

  • Jason's rating of the film It Comes at Night

    As Shults already demonstrated in his debut, he has a fine sense for the nuances of interpersonal harmony / disharmony and the possibilities for estrangement inherent in human spaces. He has a good eye, and an interesting sensibility. That doesn't mean he can make a movie about the pointlessness of struggle and the meaninglessness of human existence particularly rewarding. I felt nothing beyond a kind of glum accord.

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