I love the independent production and distribution company A24, founded by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges. A24 is a force reckoned be with, despite releasing some disappointments as of late such as “Free Fire” (2017) and “The Lovers” (2017) that pale in comparison to the likes of “The Spectacular Now” (2013), “A Most Violent Year” (2015), “Ex Machina” (2015), and “20th Century Women” (2017). Long the story short, the studio provided some of my favorite films in recent memory. It is an understatement to proclaim how much I adore A24.
“It Comes At Night” is the second feature film by Trey Edward Shults (“Krisha”). Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), Paul (Joel Edgerton), and Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) welcomes Kim (Riley Keough), Will (Christopher Abbot), and Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner) into the home during the mysterious and contagious plague.
It is always exciting to witness A24’s films due to their consistency and utter brilliance (there are more minor disappointments than major letdowns). I stepped out of my comfort zone to witness “It Comes At Night”, even semi horror films scare the living daylights out of me.
Anchored by the understatedly powerful performances, “It Comes At Night” relies on the eerie atmosphere, tension, and suspense. There are at least four “jump scares” if you have low terror tolerance. (I jumped when something bumped.) Shults is a master, regarding setting the tone – the initial frame allows you know what to anticipate ahead and the final frame may piss you off without the providing spoilers.
You must read in between the lines to completely understand and appreciate the narrative. The it is not literal. The it is metaphorical – the families surviving the fear, the paranoia, and the plague. Therefore, “It Comes At Night” surprisingly taps into the zeitgeist – you may dread the United States’ future under the Trump Administration. This film expresses my beliefs concerning the Trump Administration (the political message is extremely subdued).
Intelligent psychological thriller films are rare. With that said, I urge you to seek out “It Comes At Night”. B
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