Thursday, June 8, 2017

It Comes At Night

A24 is the best Production House around.

That's just the pure truth, people.

Active since 2012, the lists of films they've put it out is a who's-who of "God damn, I love that movie." Titles like... Spring Breakers, Spectacular Now, Under The Skin, Locke, Enemy, The Rover, Ex Machina, The End of the Tour, Room, The Witch, Green Room, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Moonlight... just to name a few. At this point, they're basically the only Production House out there whose name alone is enough to grab my attention. Succinctly put, they're good shit.

IT COMES AT NIGHT is one of their latest.

Trey Edward Shults is the writer and director. His previous film, Krisha, was also by A24, so since I haven't seen it, I will most likely check that out at some point in the near future as well. Otherwise, I'm not familiar with his work, however, that being said... everything I've seen for IT COMES AT NIGHT so far has looked completely amazing and totally scary, so I'm interested.

Plus, it's Post-Apocalyptic, so... y'know...

Anyway, here's the synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Now that's a good synopsis, folks. It's short and straight to the point. It clearly lays out the plot, yet stays vague. Despite this, it remains tantalizing, and all while not giving anything away. A good, clear synopsis means they've put some thought into their story, what it means, and what they're trying to say, and that means you can trust them... a little. Add that to A24's reputation, and I think we've got something good here, maybe.

Don't believe me? Let's watch the trailer...

Oh, man... There's multiple levels of Holy Shit going on here, people.

At first, you have your basic Post-Apocalyptic hardship, with its isolation and uncertainty. Then, you add new people to an already established group, and the intense paranoia and resentment that stress and tighter quarters seems to lead to. And then, there's the Rules. Rules, of course, are meant to be broken in stories like this, so the question of when that happens and how bad are the consequences are is added to the mix, not to mention the automatic question of: Why do these Rules exist in the first place? And finally, the cherry on top, the weird mystery sickness... Is it real? Is it supernatural? Whatever the answer, it looks like it's going to get bloody and ugly before it's all done. Sounds awesome. Total thumbs up. Reviews are good. Rotten Tomatoes is strong. I'm hearing good stuff...

I am worried about the dog, though...

IT COMES AT NIGHT opens this Friday, 6/9/17. Go see it. I know I will.

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