Review in Brief: It Comes at Night (2017)

This would make one hell of a double-feature with THE SURVIVALIST. Bleak, slow-burning and intense both, but IT COMES AT NIGHT is far more tricksy and ambiguous a thing. Nightmares, visions, hallucinations – whatever they’re supposed to be – bleed into the actual events of the plot (such as it is). Joel Edgerton ties the whole thing together but the show is stolen by Kelvin Harrison Jr, a really striking young actor. So little explanation is given for this world beyond the fact that there’s something contagious going around and you’d be wise to be suspicious of any stranger’s sudden appearance. Like something like 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, this is a horror built on paranoia where it’s far scarier a prospect if nothing otherworldly is actually happening for the implications that would have on human nature. I’m sure many will find this an immensely frustrating watch, but for me the intense performances and the hallucinatory atmosphere makes it. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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