10/20/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – It Comes At Night.

This will be one of the more divisive titles on my list this year, I guarantee it. I’ve spoken to many people who saw this film and it’s split right down the middle. Half love it. Half hate it. I blame most of that on the complete misrepresentation of the advertising campaign. If you had a preconceived notion of what this film was going to be, based solely on the trailers that make it appear supernatural, you’d be pretty pissed. Myself, I love this film. I had no preconceived notions, so I just let myself wade into the dark waters of it all, and boy I was pulled right in. It Comes At Night is a simple enough premise. A family, led by a very commanding Joel Edgerton, has isolated themselves in a mountain cabin after a major plague of some kind has taken over the country, possibly even the world. Much is unknown, which is exactly how it would be in most cases. The family has very specific rules for survival that they adhere to almost meticulously. Yet, that all gets thrown asunder when another small family happens upon their cabin looking for help. The dynamic between these two families fighting for survival is the entire basis for this film. The psychology of the balance between trust and mistrust is the main thrust, and if you like your thrillers on more of the cerebral side, you will dig this flick. Don’t be looking for a large, supernatural affair like the trailers make it appear, but definitely be ready to be seriously uncomfortable wondering how everything is going to crash down. It’s so hopeless and desolate, yet because of the characters, I was transfixed by every seemingly menial moment. It feels like you’re watching a true reality. The authenticity of it all really makes you believe that this is what might actually happen in case of a major disaster. Tense direction and some really interesting visuals sprinkled throughout add to the whole mix. If you’re looking for something a little different than your typical horror flick, something that feels like a disturbing near-reality, give it a whirl and enjoy your psyche being severely damaged.

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