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It Comes at Night

Director:  Trey Edward Shults
Year Released:  2017
Rating:  1.5

Following some sort of world-wide epidemic (chemical warfare?), justifiably paranoid Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his family allow distressed Will (Christopher Abbott), his wife Kim (Riley Keough) and their son to stay with them ... except Paul can't shake his suspicion of them. It contains some creepy shots of dark hallways and the ever-mysterious woods, but it's also frustratingly vague, refusing to divulge actual details about the situation and dumb when it comes to its understanding of survivalist techniques - Will's son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has fantasies about Kim, but that never leads anywhere. I'm not positive that Shults intended this as a metaphor for the Refugee Crisis going on in the world, but if that is the case (and that might be giving it entirely too much credit), then you can add "xenophobic" to my list of issues with it.

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