“It Comes at Night,” directed by Trey Edward Shults, is not your typical horror movie.
Instead of focusing on monsters or cheap jump scares, this film explores the horrors of what families are willing to do simply to survive.
However, if you are looking for a classic scare, this film will leave you wanting something more.
The plot revolves around a family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world plagued by a deadly, mysterious and highly-contagious disease.
Paul (Joe Edgerton), uses his stony emotions and self-taught survival skills to protect his wife (Carmen Ejogo) and his son (Kelvin Harrison Jr).
When a man named Will (Christopher Abbott) breaks into their house, he convinces Paul that he, too, is simply trying to keep his wife and young son alive. The men decide that the best way for both families to survive is to work together, so the two small families unite.
The families grew closer together after surviving several dangerous situations, and it almost seems as if everything is going to work until the inevitable happens and the disease strikes. Both families begin pointing fingers and feuding, and the once-united survivors maintain the mantra that “you can’t trust anyone but family.”
With beautiful cinematography and skillful acting, this film immerses its viewers in a very strange and possible future.
“It Comes at Night” shows viewers the horrors of what fear and isolation can drive people to do. It focuses on how the characters view the horrors they experience, which is a unique approach in the horror film genre.
The movie forces the audience to choose who the protagonist is and who the villain is, as the events play out in a way that does not favor one character or family over another.
Despite how thought-provoking the film is, it does not contain many of the elements typical of the genre. Paul constantly warns his family, “The most important thing: we never go out at night.”
However, the viewers never find out what is so dangerous and terrible about the night, and it leaves a sense of a weak plot.
Many elements of this movie are left to the viewers’ imaginations, and many questions are posed but never answered.
This left me feeling cheated of the cost of a movie ticket.
“It Comes at Night” pioneers a new and more thoughtful type of horror, and while I talked about it long after I saw it, I still cannot help but feel that the plot is incomplete.