If you love horror films, or you’re looking for something creepy to haunt your dreams for the next few weeks, It Comes at Night starring Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough is considered the most terrifying movie of 2017 – and it was just released on Netflix for streaming.
In the film, a couple with their son have locked themselves away in a cabin deep within the woods after a highly contagious outbreak sweeps the world. But when another family shows up at their door looking for help and shelter, they are forced to make a choice: do they open their home and help this family, risking the contagion, or do they turn their backs on those in need?
It Comes at Night premiered in April of 2017 at the Overlook Film Festival in Oregon and grossed over $19 million worldwide, with a reported budget of less than $5 million.
Critics to the movie state that it is too slow, not intense enough, and leaves too much answered to be a truly great horror movie. Some have even accused it of being ‘boring’ or ‘underwhelming’ in its storytelling and action scenes.
And on one hand, it is true – if you’re looking for blood and guts, Rob Zombie-style, you will be disappointed in It Comes at Night. There are few jump scares and minimal gore, but it isn’t that type of movie at all.
Instead, It Comes at Night is a slow burning film that is a psychological/atmospheric thriller, forcing you to question what you know about the characters, the setting, and more. The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says, “It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what’s left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.”
If you like the creepy films that cause the hair on the back of your neck to rise and force you to turn on all the lights when you go to the bathroom at midnight, you will enjoy this thriller.
But can you handle 2017’s most terrifying movie?
Perhaps you’ll have to load it up on Netflix tonight and find out.