Film of the Day – It Comes at Night

It comes at night

Blurring the lines between morality and survival, It Comes at Night is a post-apocalyptic horror set in an undisclosed woodland area in the United States. The film, making its debut at the Oregon Overlook film festival, is directed and written by Trey Edward Shults, starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott and Carmen Ejogo.

The films picks up after an outbreak of a deadly virus has ravaged life on earth leaving small pockets of survivors who are unable to trust anyone outside of their group and even, perhaps, those within. Paul (Edgerton), one of the survivors, is family man who fiercely defends his family to whatever end necessary and his wife Sarah (Ejogo) adopts a similar attitude. They have isolated themselves in a cabin out in the woodlands with their son Travis and Sarah’s father, Bud. One day Bud falls ill with the virus and so the family commit a coup-de-grace and burn the body, attracting a new family to their location. Will, the father of the new group, begs Paul to allow his family to stay given that they will likely die if they stay outside and, while Paul is sceptical at first, they soon become closer, working in tandem with each other. However, peace is a luxury which few can afford in this world and after the dynamic within the group deteriorates, their territorialism, morality and humanity will be tested to the limits.

It Comes at Night – Saturday 10:40pm on Sky Premiere.