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29th May 2019

One of the best slow-burn horror movies of recent years is now on Netflix

Wil Jones

Some horror movies get you with jump scares and excessive gore

It Comes At Night, which has just been added to Netflix, is not one of those.

The 2017 acclaimed indie horror hit has a simple premise. After an unspecified contagious outbreak, a family have secluded themselves in their home deep in the woods. The film starts them having to dispose of a deceased family member who has succumbed to the disease, underlining the bleakness of the situation.

The next night, the family catch an intruder trying to enter their home. He explains that he is only trying to find supplies for his family as well. Do they let him in? Can they trust this other family? Are they stronger together, or are they sealing their own doom by opening their home to them?

It is a film about paranoia and slow-burn tension. Some viewers did find the film disappointing, expecting something more fast-paced and conventional based on the trailer – but if you go in knowing what to expect, it is a chilling horror that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

The cast is lead up by Australian star Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Red Sparrow) and also features Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, Logan Lucky) and Christopher Abbott (Girls, The Sinner).