It Comes at night

In sick­ness and in health

SFX - - Reviews - Ian Ber­ri­man

re­leased OUT NOW! 2016 | 18 | blu-ray/dvd/down­load Di­rec­tor Trey ed­ward shults Cast Joel edger­ton, Christo­pher ab­bott, Car­men ejogo, ri­ley Keough

This down­beat psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller is the sort of hor­ror film lauded by peo­ple who are a bit snobby about hor­ror – not that that’s the fault of promis­ing young di­rec­tor Trey Ed­ward Shults.

Set af­ter a mys­te­ri­ous, un­spec­i­fied out­break, it fo­cuses on a fam­ily of three – fa­ther, mother, 17-year-old son – liv­ing out in the woods, boarded up in the grand­fa­ther’s old house. When a man breaks in look­ing for sup­plies for his own fam­ily, they re­luc­tantly in­vite them to share the house. But can the new­com­ers be trusted?

A tightly-wound, claus­tro­pho­bic piece which un­folds largely in scenic gloom, it’s hand­somely mounted, heavy with por­ten­tous slow zooms into Kubrick­ian sym­met­ri­cal com­po­si­tions. As it poses the ques­tion “What are you will­ing to do to pro­tect your loved ones?”, its char­ac­ter mo­ti­va­tions are cred­i­ble, and per­for­mances ex­cel­lent all round.

But plot-wise it doesn’t break new ground: if you’ve seen a hand­ful of episodes of The Walk­ing Dead, you’ve seen this kind of strug­gle be­tween sur­vival and de­cency drama­tised be­fore. In­deed, Ge­orge Romero’s Dead movies were grub­bing around in the same dark cor­ners of the hu­man psy­che decades ago.

Ex­tras Di­rec­tor’s com­men­tary and a half-hour Mak­ing Of.

The goat fea­tured briefly in the film is the same “an­i­mal ac­tor” used for Black Phillip in Robert Eg­gers’ The Witch.

“Who stole my false teeth?!”

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