It Comes at Night | Gripping post-apocalyptic thriller with not a zombie in sight

It Comes at Night
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This intelligently spare US indie thriller delivers a gripping depiction of suspicion and paranoia in a post-apocalyptic near-future America.

It Comes at Night

Set in a post-apocalyptic near-future America, gripping, intelligently spare US indie thriller It Comes at Night gives us an end-of-the-world narrative unlike most other movies in the genre. There are no zombies here, nor any rampaging mobs, just two families uneasily holed up together in a remote forest house.

Even so, writer-director Trey Edwards Shults creates slow-burning tension and menace as husband and wife Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo, and their teenage son (Kelvin Harrison Jr) uneasily share their refuge with strangers Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough and their young son. Outside is a mysterious epidemic (we never learn the details), but inside, paranoia and suspicion turn out to be just as dangerous.

Certificate 15. Runtime 92 mins. Director Trey Edwards Shults

It Comes at Night is available on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray now.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.