It Comes at Night

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This is a film about fear and paranoia, and the atmosphere of absolute dread that those two things create.

I like that the film doesn’t tell you what the disease is, where it came from, or what those creepy monsters are that Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) keeps drawing. It doesn’t need to, because that’s not the point.

The point is that if you give humans something to be afraid of, they’ll do the rest. A horrifying, desolate, desperate situation will bring out the best – or worst – in a person.

It Comes at Night is not a typical horror film, and those looking for visible monsters or supernatural explanations will be disappointed and, most assuredly, completely miss the point.

There may be nothing that comes at night. There may be no horrible demon lurking in the dark forest. It doesn’t matter. Humans are the monsters. What we do to each other is worse than any supernatural creature could ever dream of.

The last 20 minutes of this film are some of the most intense moments I’ve seen in quite some time.

That said, It Comes at Night is not without its faults.

The characters are never really developed, and therefore the viewer never really cares for any of them. The middle section of the film is slow, and not extremely interesting.

I believe It Comes at Night accomplishes what it sets out to do. Anyone who claims this film isn’t horror does not understand the horror of something completely unstoppable and inescapable that creeps in and kills you despite everything you did to keep it out.

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