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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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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

Don't waste your time

age 18+

Absolutely Terrible.

This movie was completely not wha any of you think. No horror, no cliff hangers. No scary parts or endings. Movie was absolutely terrible. Wasted 3 hours of my life watching this

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Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
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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