Misplaced as a horror movie, it is actually a pretty effective character study within survival environment. It's presented in a very naturalistic style even when it displays a bad dream. Couple of jump scares are the only element that leastwise evokes something remotely like horror. Still, successfully developed realism and the engaging story make it a warm recommendation; especially for "Walking Dead" fans.
By being categorized as primarily a horror movie, it will only hurt itself since the audience will certainly expect something different - sure it has its jittery moments but they aren't the core of it. For those who can separate things, this is a movie that takes its time caring for its story and characters but failing to create palpable strain. It doesn't glow at much, being somewhat ineffective.
Nowhere as original or edgy as The Survivalist, It Comes at Night is a variation of a theme (see Into The Forest for yet another rural post-apocalyptic tale of familial paranoia and desperation). As in Krisha, the message is clear: you should fear your own kin.
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.
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.
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
Visually arresting to say the least, as expected. And while Krisha was all-around masterclass filmmaking, he was simply not ready for this. It just reminded me of a dozen similar stories from this century, and not one of them stood out as something special.