Parents' Guide to

It Comes at Night

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Pessimistic drama/horror blend is dark and unsettling.

Movie R 2017 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Don't waste your time

age 16+

I Wasted $8.00

This movie didn't even deserve one star. It was set in one location, it was weird, the people had some kind of disease that was never disclosed as to what is was or it's etiology. They killed the sick old man at the beginning and I never really saw what came at night. It is a psychological thriller so I guess this movie was dealing with the actors' psyche, but it just wasn't for me. The ending? Hmmmm. Don't waste your time. All of us in the theater including those I didn't know was like, "what did I just watch?"

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Trey Edward Shults, who made the powerful, harrowing Krisha, returns with a dark movie that's meticulously crafted and highly intelligent but also relentlessly pessimistic and deeply unsettling. It Comes at Night has been promoted as a horror movie, and it's certainly horrific, but it's not scary, and it's not likely something that "scary movie" horror fans will find enjoyable. It defies any other categories, too; it's not really a thriller (it's not thrilling), and it's barely a sci-fi movie (it's apocalyptic but not futuristic).

The movie depicts humanity in the darkest and most brutal of ways, without a shred of hope or goodness. And yet it has incredible use of sounds and movement, light and shadow -- all of which conjures up a vivid, visceral world. Travis, unable to sleep, wanders the house at night, lighting weird angles with a lantern and listening to muffled sounds from an upstairs perch. There's a constant sense of uncertainty and unease, as we realize that the greatest threats aren't the ones that can be seen -- or even heard banging on the red door.

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