Here is the synopsis - A malevolent force is terrorizing the world and a father must decide how far he is willing to go to protect his wife and son when another family shows up looking for help, or a safe harbor.
I thought this was a horror movie, but in all honesty it was more of a slow burning suspense. There wasn't much that is frightening, but there was a scene, a predictable scene, where I wondered if what I thought was going to happen would. Of course since what I thought was going to happen did, it wasn't as suspenseful as if could have been.
So what was this movie about, well it wasn't actually about something that came at night, although what seemed to happen did seem to happen at night. The malevolent force is the same force it almost always is, the human population. The man trying to protect his family, well there are two families, so when you watch the movie you can go either way.
I hate to say it, but I didn't like this movie. The reason I hate to say it is because it seems like I am often saying I hate one movie or another. I didn't like the last movie I watched, which was BEDEVILED, and I am starting to wonder if maybe I am burnt out on the horror genre. Thought I would never say that, and I am surprised now to realize that this is actually how I feel.
There are some tropes that are stereotypical in horror movies, and most of these are: the pet gets killed for some reason, there is often a good versus evil force, often if you have two strangers meeting and working together eventually one of them will either hide a deadly secret that gets them killed or they kill the person who helped save their life. These are all true for the movie IT COMES AT NIGHT. I expected something to actually come at night, but since nothing really did the movie left the title up in the air. The unfortunate thing is that I really did find the title interesting, and I wanted to know what "it" was, but this was also the problem I had with IT FOLLOWS, there was no explanation of what "It" was. And yes, I like when things are left up to my imagination, but I didn't even get a hint of what the issue was besides the fact that whatever "it" was "it" would kill you.
The acting was well done but he characters didn't seem to get much to work with, as I didn't get to know anything about their characters, or I didn't get to know enough to really care about the characters. This seems to be a theme of movies these days. Don't say a lot about the characters, then kill them, make the audience wonder why they died. This doesn't create a good story, since we don't care about the characters why would we care about the story?
The entire point of this story is that during a time of extreme crisis, don't try to get from someone more than you deserve, and don't try to take something from someone just because you think it is the fair thing. If that person takes you and your family into their house, and you are hiding a secret that might get everyone killed, then just leave, just leave.
Do I recommend this movie? Absolutely not. It was slow, and underdeveloped, and not at all a horror film, and incredibly predictable. Was it a good movie? I mean some people might think so because there were several people who really liked IT FOLLOWS, and I did not.