Den of Geek
In general, horror remains a genre that seems to be crawling from the dark, grasping for credibility. Perhaps it always will be, even with a recent string of annual and challenging triumphs like The Babadook, It Follows, and especially last year’s delightfully sinful The Witch. A24, which released that crone in the forest chiller, returns to the woods in hopes of elevating the form again with It Comes at Night, another arthouse-horror hybrid that drives even further toward a lyrical sense of abstract dread. Previously viewers were assured there at least was a witch or an “it.” But the titular “it” of Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night is entirely esoteric—and possibly more potent in what it reaps.