It Comes at Night movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This horror-drama is way too unsettling, dark and twisted for kids. The film will definitely catch the attention of most horror fans, but moves slowly with the story.


A man, his wife and son are secure by themselves after an unexpected apocalypse. They soon meet another family who they share their house with in order to stay away from the unnatural threat outside. Despite the good intentions, both families end up with distrust and paranoia.

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Movie details

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Riley Keough, Griffin Faulkner
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Release Date (Australia): 6 July 2017
Runtime: 91 minutes/1h 31m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains disturbing scenes, including depictions of diseased people vomiting and dribbling and a depiction of a severely injured dog.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes in which people are bludgeoned and shot, often resulting in bloody injuries and large amounts of blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features several uses of the words “f**k” and “s**t”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains a scene in which a man and woman implicitly have sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, disturbing images, and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although it leaves you questioning about what comes at night, it’s an extremely unsettling movie that’ll literally leave you shaking. It’s such a pity that the title’s suggestion was left unresolved and the first 30 minutes was an extremely boring opening, otherwise It Comes at Night would’ve been another simple yet effect psychological horror-drama.

It comes at Night is already simple yet effective, which is the result of how dark, twisted and unsettling it finishes, but it’s also not perfect. Joel Edgerton’s work in this movie is flawless. Just alike every other character the camera encounters, and especially whilst approaching the end, Edgerton submits a man, a wife and a father whose constantly full of caution and steady emotion. Writer and director Trey Edward Shults also does a phenomenal job with portraying the story, although his techniques may be slightly confusing at moments.

The real flaw of the film is the fact that you’re left unsatisfied, or as if the title dragged you into a complete and utter lie. It’s not a huge problem, unless you’re only compelled by the “it”. The opening to the story is the real drag; it doesn’t put in enough effort to have fully gripped you. However, It Comes at Night does excellently at building suspense and leaving us so unsettled to the point that we’re trembling.

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