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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jeff’s Top 13 Horror Films of 2017: #6

#6
It Comes at Night


After a mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with few survivors, two families are forced to share a home in an uneasy alliance to keep the outside evil at bay -- only to learn that the true horror may come from within.

I guess I’m just a sucker for horror films that spend more time delving into the darkness that is the human condition than with the catalyst that is usually something simple like a zombie apocalypse. We don’t know anything about the apocalyptic conditions we find our displaced families in other than a few scenes that allude to zombies without ever showing them. We do know there’s a virus that kills and changes people, presumably into zombies, since shooting them in the head is the best thing to do at this point. Ultimately what we get is a tale of caution about the dangers of letting in strangers just because you are lonely. Isolation and distrust of others are the real monsters here and there’s just enough outside force to keep the tension palpable.