It Comes at Night reviews round-up: This horror could be the sleeper hit of the summer

The psychological thriller from Trey Edwards Shults is getting high praise from critics

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 07 June 2017 14:34
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It Comes At Night - Official Trailer

Every summer, there's always one horror film which comes along to capture the imaginations of cinema-goers seeking refuge from the, well, not-so-sunny weather. Last year had both Lights Out and Don't Breathe, and this year's contender looks to be It Comes at Night.

Reviews are now pouring in for the psychological thriller from writer-director Trey Edward Shults which stars Joel Edgerton as a man who has established 'a tenuous domestic order' with his wife and son as an unnatural threat terrorises the world.

Rolling Stone has branded It Comes at Night as “harrowing, haunting and unnerving as hell” while USA Today praises the film as "often Hitchcockian."

You can read a compilation of the reviews below.

Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

No false promises in the title: It Comes at Night comes right at you, leaving you unnerved, maybe even a little unhinged – and completely exhilarated. You want horror that screws with your head? This is your ticket.

Consequence of Sound - Randall Coburn

It Comes at Night isn’t scary so much as it’s horrific, though Shults is extremely gifted at cultivating the kind of slow, droning dread that inflates in your chest like a black balloon. For that alone, the film will likely earn its place on any horror fanatic’s best-of-the-year list.

Vanity Fair - Richard Lawson

Travis is beset by ghastly nightmares, in which the boarded-up house thuds ominously in the night (some thuds are heard in Travis’s waking life, too) and his dead, disease-ravaged grandfather appears before him as some sort of weeping monster. These scenes are unbearably scary, Schults doing so much with twisting hallways and closed doors, his camera gliding relentlessly toward the heart of darkness.

USA Today - Brian Truitt

It Comes at Night ambitiously moves beyond a conventional creepfest or a film built on cheap scares and big swerves. Instead it's an artful, often Hitchcockian look at our own human failings in dealing with a threat we know is there but cannot see.

It Comes at Night hits UK cinemas 7 July.

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