3/4

It Comes At Night [2017] ★★★

If you’ve seen Joel Edgerton in “Warrior” and “The Gift”, you probably know he’s an actor who means business. In “It Comes At Night”, an indie horror film that distances itself from the multiplex formula, Edgerton sinks his teeth into the complex role of a family man who keeps his family secure within a safe house, in a world where a virus has wiped out most civilization. So far so good, until another family shows up, seeking refuge. That’s all I’m going to say about this truly remarkable film, the better to let you get lost in its enveloping mystery. Director Trey Edward Shults knows exactly how to manipulate his audience, building tension slowly but surely. But it’s Edgerton, as a haunted man, who dominates the movie and makes it terrifying. If you’re looking for a horror movie that has what it takes to keep you on the edge of your seat for 90 minutes, consider “It Comes At Night” a must-see. It’s undeniably unique and unforgettable.

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