It Comes at Night
1 hour 31 minutes | Horror/Mystery | 2017
IMDB: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Review by William Marchese
WCM: The first thing that comes to mind is a certain lesson in life. You know, the one where you can’t always trust someone. They might look ok at first, but in the long run you’re setting yourself up for danger.
On the surface this movie reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan flick. The strange wooded area, throw in some odd characters and some must-be-followed rules.
You get the picture.
This movie takes place in an apocalypse, people with weird rituals for survivals sake, and characters that range from loose and free to conservative and careful. And what you end up with is the recipe for one straight forward horror movie–with, of course, a sprinkle of The Walking Dead in for flavor. With no zombies.
Is it entertaining?
But it’s already been done.
When you strip down all the other aspects of the movie, you get your basic survival horror story of a family doing what they must to survive. Doing pretty well until you introduce the dilemma. Do you help the strangers? You’d be a bad person if you didn’t. They have a child. And then things go from there.
It Comes at Night has some other aspects thrown in to differentiate amongst the rest. Like letting your imagination do the work for you instead of actually showing the evil. But in the end it is what it is. A decent movie that has been done.
And don’t get me wrong, there are a few jump scares. But that’s pretty much it. The fear is within the people mostly, and that’s what most great horror movies are about, that inner struggle with the demon clawing its way out. Yet the movie never fleshes out the characters enough to get too deep inside them.
And it’s very annoying that you don’t get the payoff of actually seeing the monster.
A good thing the movie does is you get so caught up with what could possibly be happening outside that you neglect to realize the struggle within until it’s in your face.
All in all it’s a decent movie, just don’t expect your classic horror visuals.
You can check it out on Blu-ray, Amazon Prime Video, Google Movies and more.
About William Marchese
William works “the day job” in lower Manhattan, foraging free time to kick start his writing career. He has been published in Hindered Souls Anthology, Deadman’s Tome, Unnerving Magazine Issue 3 and Trickster’s Treats anthology. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. You can follow him on Twitter here: @Wcmarchese