• Joshua Buck

It Comes at Night (2017) Review

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.

This movie left me shook. I had no idea what it was about. I watched the trailer and it looked like horror and I’m a fan of horrors so I thought why not. Combined with the fact that this movie was released by A24 I was fully intrigued as they have made other great movies that I have reviewed such as The Last Black Man In San Francisco and The Lighthouse.

This film feels very close to home given that we are in at the moment as we go through a global pandemic this film wasn’t much of a horror. The genre I feel is hard to pinpoint but I think defining it as horror even though it wasn’t your normal horror is the only way to define it.

I thought this movie was horrifying and one of the scariest movies I have watched in such a long time. It had me hooked every second and made me feel more scared as the movie went on. The fact that there is little explanation of why the family is in isolation and to the world in which they live. This film doesn’t need it. With a runtime of just over 90 minutes which is pretty short in today’s Hollywood standard where we see a massive box office following in Avengers: End Game which had a run time of over 3hrs, it was nice and refreshing to see a concise film that I could just take for what it was.

This film delved with issues such as paranoia and isolation, themes which are very relevant to now with countries and people being in lockdown. But also, this film dealt with another element of fear. It dealt with fear in a different way to other horror movies. It dealt with fear to the extent of paranoia rather than ‘there’s something in the house’ like The Conjuring. By the film choosing to not show scenarios so the audience doesn’t actually know further cement that paranoia and I believe is a lot more powerful than a monster which is eventually revealed as I think that removes the element of fear and this is why I believe this film is scarier than most horrors.

This film did a very clever trick with playing with the aspect ratio differing from 2.40:1 to 3.0:1. 2.40:1 is the aspect ration when the reality of the film is perfectly ‘normal’ and then it shifts to 2.75:1 when Travis (Kelvin Harris Junior) has his nightmares and then towards the end of the movie the aspect ratio goes to 3.0:1 which I think shows that reality has become a nightmare and is worse than what could be dreamt of. However, I did notice sometimes that the aspect ration was changing and felt more drawn to the aspect ratio rather than what was happening on the screen, this is my only criticism of this method.

Joel Edgerton as Paul delivered a really good performance playing an authoritative figure that portrays a very convincing role. This is highlighted even more by the fact that all the information that we get is essentially through him and you believe it. You believe when Paul is torn about what he should do in certain scenarios and it makes watching the film even better.

Overall, I really like this movie I think this has to be my favourite horror of recent times, sorry Midsommar and Hereditary but this one is more my kind of horror.

I rate this movie a solid 4.5/5.

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