It Comes at Night, the sophomore effort by writer/director Trey Edward Shults, came and went from theaters pretty quickly. Starring Joel Edgerton along with a small cast of folks, the film is a fairly different take on an apocalyptic world. Marketed quite wrong where the film was portrayed as a kinetic action horror film with possible monsters involved, the movie is actually a very dark art house drama.
As the movie begins, the maternal grandfather of a family of four contracts a mysterious illness that has wiped out society as we know it. With his eventual death, Will and Sarah and their 17 year old son Travis are suddenly on the defensive as an intruder breaks into their house. Able to overpower him, Will is concerned that the man may have brought more bandits with him … or worse, the disease.
With its small cast and paranoid narrative, the film begins to ask questions on what normalcy should be and whether helping others in a world where justice and law do not exist is the right thing to do. Receiving critical praise while being disliked by many audience members possibly because of its false marketing campaign, the movie quickly left theaters. Dark Discussions takes a look at this new release and gives their critique.