It Comes At Night – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  June 9, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hour 31 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  5.5 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

An epidemic is crossing the area.  People are retreating to secluded areas to protect themselves and their families.  Paul (Joel Edgerton) and Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) are one such family as they protect their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison).

What works:    This is an outstanding cast.  Each member sells the story and you are compelled to believe their characters.

What doesn’t work:  Loud audio will make you jump (maybe) rather than any horror.  This movie has more a 60’s or early 70’s vibe to the story telling.  That isn’t necessarily bad, but the endings tend to leave you feeling empty.  The story pulls you in right from the start but fails to deliver a fulfilling need for closure or satisfaction.

This film with minor editing could be a made for TV film.  An excellent cast could not save It Comes At Night from itself.  It certainly has the feel of a film festival submission.  I would not classify this as a horror film but rather a suspense thriller.  A short review for a short film because there isn’t enough content to share with you without spoilers.  I had higher hopes for a film that seemed to be more than what it delivered.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 5.5.  Wait for this movie on Netflix or RedBox.

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comes at night poster

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