It Comes At Night (15)



Horror (2017)
92mins US

Starring: Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer(s): Trey Edward Shults
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

A virulent contagion, which manifests as pus-filled boils, has swept the globe. Paul and his wife Sarah decide to ride out the storm with their 17-year-old son Travis by living in a fortified shack in the middle of the woods, monitoring each other for signs of infection. Paul enforces two rules - always keep the front door locked and never go outside at night - which he hopes will keep his brood safe until the threat subsides. One night, the family wakes to noises in the house.

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It Comes At Night (15)

If you go down to the woods in writer-director Trey Edward Shults' efficient psychological thriller, you're sure of a nasty surprise. Set in the aftermath of a viral outbreak that has decimated America, It Comes At Night gradually tightens the thumbscrews until we're prickled with the same paranoia as the characters. The desire to protect and preserve overrides the fear of death in Shults' lean script, which transforms men into monsters inside a claustrophobic family home with boarded up windows and tightly bolted doors...

It Comes At Night. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Joel Edgerton as Paul in It Comes At Night, directed by Trey Edward Shults. Photo: Eric McNatt. All Rights Reserved.Friendship counts for little in the midst of this brutal and sometimes bloody battle for survival. As one anguished father reminds his son: "You can't trust nobody but family... as good as they seem." Shults heightens tension without recourse to cheap scares such as someone careening out of the darkness or a staccato blast of strings on the soundtrack. Instead, characters continually trade suspicious glances, searching for tiny signs of betrayal that might warrant a twitch of their sweat-glistened trigger fingers. When violence explodes, it's graphic and ugly, and the moral compasses of good men whirl sickeningly out of control in the name of love.

A virulent contagion, which manifests as blackened eyes and pus-filled boils, has swept the globe. History teacher Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) ride out the storm with their 17-year-old son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr) and Sarah's elderly father Bud (David Pendleton) in their fortified home in the woods. The old man succumbs to infection. He is hastily quarantined then shot and his ravaged body is incinerated in a shallow grave. Soon after, the grief-stricken family wakes to noises in the house. The burglar is a desperate man called Will (Christopher Abbott), who claims to be looking for water for his wife Kim (Riley Keough) and young son Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner). "My family's all that matters to me - I know you can understand that," pleads the intruder. Paul reluctantly agrees to allow Will's brood to nest in the house, where everyone abides by two rules: keep the front door locked and never venture outside at night. The clans gel beautifully and there is laughter for the first time in months but Paul is painfully aware that they live in a merciless time when compassion can get you killed.

It Comes At Night milks suspense from a simple premise and tease ambiguities so we're literally in the dark with the characters, unsure how they will react to unforeseen danger. A glut of nightmarish fantasy sequences slackens the pacing but does force us to question the trustworthiness of some family members. Edgerton and Abbott deliver compelling performances as fierce protectors, who let their guards down at their peril. A sucker punch finale wallops them and us when we're down.

- Jo Planter

It Comes At Night. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Joel Edgerton as Paul in It Comes At Night, directed by Trey Edward Shults. Photo: Eric McNatt. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 14th July
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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
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- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
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- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- York, Vue York
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To Thursday 27th July

- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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