Every once in a while there are films that come and make you think, but rarely are they horror films. In “It comes out at night” that couldn’t be more true. I’m gonna just tell you right now, the trailer(s) seem to tell a different story then the presentation. I sort of felt a review was very necessary, especially seeing as though the films title sounds like a cheap 1970s porno.
Ok so here’s the plot.
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul. So right off the bat this looks and sounds like a Sci-fi-drama/intense thriller; horror not included. The real winning quality that matches the trailer is the atmospheric and almost tranquil setting in which the film takes place. It’s amazingly detailed and beautiful. Everything is vibrant; from the sounds of woods to the green in the grass. So in this category they would get a A+. For most of us that have seen the trailer have noticed that theme of it is nightmarishly fast paced, heavy and bone-chilling. Well from my experience, it’s more of the latter, with a lot suspense building and off putting moments initially; nevertheless, the film does have its scary moments and they aren’t your usual jump scares.
Like I said I won’t ruin it for you if your inclined to see it for yourself. The movie is extremely tense, very heavy which we feel right from the jump. This follows through most of the film. The most frightening feelings I got were anytime darkness fell or whenever there was focus towards the red door. I’m not gonna say anymore, just look at it. It looks creepy without even a explanation.
Like I was saying before, the film has suspense and mystery. Unfortunately the pacing between scares is definitely jarring. The trailer sort of gives us that heavy breathing running away in fear, where we are sort of given drawn out long; however, it has very excellently performed periods. This then brings me to the other win; the performances of the actors is just superb. It’s acted so well! You often forget just how cinematic it is. The bonding of the families and relationships is so authentic and heartwarming in a rather chaotic situation. They lacked character development, which boggled me, I would’ve hoped for flashbacks or a little more answers to what it where this event generated from. I guess in a way the film does this to solidify the suspense. Ironically though, you empathise with them, and you worry with them when things go left.
I’ll wrap this review up with just this.
This film is a terrible horror movie, not because of what it is and what’s presented, but because it should be a survival drama-thriller. People who went to see the movie more than likely were anticipating like a 28 Days Later or Walking Dead type of scenario from what I picked up from the audience and it’s understandable. I would give this film 6.3 out of 10. I would’ve went with a solid 7 but that ending was just not strong for the short yet tense trip “it comes out at night.” If you decide to take a chance and watch it for your own perspective, ditch your memory of the trailer, forget it’s a classification as horror film and watch objectively. You may enjoy it for what it is. Try and watch during a matinee or $6 all day special.