Rent It Comes at Night (2017)

2.9 of 5 from 504 ratings
1h 32min
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Synopsis:
There are only three rules. Stick together. Keep the red door locked. And never, ever go out at night...In the aftermath of an unseen disaster, 17 year-old Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and his parents (Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo) live on in their woodland home, surrounded by dangers, known and unknown. When a desperate couple (Christopher Abbott) are given refuge, the seeds of paranoia are sown, and Travis is plunged into a spiralling nightmare that may cost his family their sanity, their safety, and perhaps their souls.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Kaplan, Andrea Roa
Writers:
Trey Edward Shults
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2017
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2017
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Human Nature: Creating it Conies at Night

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Reviews (8) of It Comes at Night

Yes, but what was It? - It Comes at Night review by GR

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04/12/2017

I think that film titles can be very misleading in a bid to capture a wider audience. Hard to argue against that, but in this case it was a misnomer for what was otherwise a passable psychological thriller set in the near-future of an unspoken apocalypse. Ok, as long as you don't expect something tangible to arrive at any point. Plenty of intangibles though....and generally a very morbid, dark and ultimately unsatisfying film. Probably needs watching twice to appreciate what its trying to do.

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Excuse me what comes at night? - It Comes at Night review by TH

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24/03/2018

Can't really disagree with the review made by the member review by 'GR'. A film based on an atmosphere of claustrophobia, trust and security, what actually comes at night is a terminal disease and whose to say it probably comes at day too on the back of some form of a nuclear event or apocalypse or something we have to set our minds to. The 'average' viewer will probably be left largely disappointed at the low keyness to it all, all atmosphere and not enough else but Hey-ho the critics seem to think it's a good watch so maybe what do I know?

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Never quite delivers on its promise - It Comes at Night review by TE

Spoiler Alert
28/03/2018

This is another entry in the catalogue of post-apocalypse paranoid fantasy movies. It's better than some in that it deliberately strips things down to a simple story and a credibly desperate situation.

It's a kind of home movie as made by a family met by the wayside in Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'.

I give it one more star than the previous two reviews because I like the ending - it's suitably hopeless and pessimistic!

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Critic review

It Comes at Night review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

There was an argument in the lobby after It Comes At Night. The film was marketed as a horror film, but the audience disagreed with the genre title, believing it to be more of a thriller. Is it though? What constitutes horror? Must there be blood and gore? Should there be a monster in the woods or a slasher behind the walls? Everyone seems to have a definition. Mine is that if a movie can bring out some sense of terror that can creep deep into your skin with unease, it’s horror. And this film is most definitely a horror picture.

I think the confusion comes in the expectation of a monster from the “It” in the title. The “it” is most likely the disease that has wiped out most of mankind. The first few shots show what happens to you when infected. You look tired, your skin gray, your veins bulging, words garbled and vomit black. This is the case for the elderly grandpa of a family living in the woods. They take the precautions of taking the old man’s dead body out into the woods, digging a grave and setting his body aflame. They’re smart enough to survive the fall of man. Perhaps too smart.

The family is composed of Paul (Joel Edgerton), his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and his teenage son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). Far from civilization, they live a simple and safe life in their cabin. They hunt and maintain the home by day, sealing it off at night to any outside forces. When they come across a man trying to break into their house, Paul puts him through the ultimate test. He ties the man up outside for a day, seeing if anyone else comes looking for him. After a bit of interrogation, Paul learns the man’s name is Will (Christopher Abbott) and that he has a family of his own he is looking out for. With his livestock, Will proposes an alliance between the families as they can help each other. It sounds good for all involved, but Paul isn’t yet swayed, even when he agrees to move Will’s family in with them.

For most of the film, we see Paul’s external distrust and Travis’s uncertain mind. On one level, we agree with Paul’s measures to ensure his family’s safety, but it will eventually reach a degree where the audience will have to distance themselves. Being so detached from humanity, Paul has become less human and more of a protector that has shut out all emotion, to the point that he won’t hesitate to slaughter anybody that might present a modicum of instability.

Travis, however, is more haunted and quiet in dealing with the situation. He befriends Will’s family quickly, making friends with his little boy and unknowingly flirting with his wife. While it does feel good to speak with others outside of his family finally, there is still much weight in his mind. He continuously has nightmares and visions of his dead grandfather and spewing up black blood. Are these the early signs of the disease? Hard to say, but it’s a constant fear he keeps to himself, as are his terrors about what could go wrong with his father’s constant paranoia. Travis grows almost to accept the dangers, watching them proceed with a practically nihilistic allure for what he fears might be his final days.

This is a film that’s all about atmosphere, and director Trey Edward Shults knows precisely how to creep us out with little more than a dark hallway. One of the scariest places in the house is a mudroom that has been sealed off, the door to the outside replaced with a tarp. It comes off like an airlock into space, made all the more frightening for whatever noise may come from there at night. It could be someone trying to break in and steal their resources. It could be a wild animal. It could be just the wind.

When the film ended, there was an odd hush among the press as we all sat in stunned silence. Usually, one or two people will pipe up with an exclamation or brief utterance of their immediate thoughts, but not this time. The ending of It Comes At Night creates such a dark and depressing feeling in the end that I think we all had to sit there and just let it stew for a moment. Days later, the film still haunted me with the most intense of situations and a grim finale that brews emotions both blunt and uneasy. As much as I love the horror offerings of this year, I’ve got to hand it to this film for creating a chilling dread that lasted long after I left the theater. Forget creepy dolls, ghoulish zombies, and masked killers; this is the true terror.

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