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It Comes At Night by Brian McOmber (Review)

posted Jun 8, 2017, 4:39 PM by Kaya Savas

It Comes At Night is the sophomore film from director Trey Edward Shults who made his feature debut with Krisha. Trey, like many young directors, has found and stuck with another young talent who composes for him. Brian McOmber is behind the score for It Comes At Night, continuing their collaboration off of Krisha. McOmber is the former drummer of the Dirty Projectors, and It Comes At Night sees him entering a dark and atmospheric world where he applies some truly unsettling techniques to great success.

If you’re looking for a nice melodic and lush horror experience similar to what Benjamin Wallfisch recently did for A Cure For Wellness, then you’ve come to the wrong place. The score for It Comes At Night is a meticulously crafted exercise in restraint and textural layers. The score slowly seeps in and creates the perfect atmosphere by not really creating a sense of direction for you to follow at first. All you know is that things aren’t safe. And with similar techniques to how Akira Yamaoka scored the Silent Hill games, slow builds lead to all hell breaking loose before retreating back to that eerie borderline silence. The score infuses some simple thematic structures and does a great job bookending the narrative, and the approach makes it feel like you could even be listening to the sound design of the film. The music never goes overboard, so when “hell breaks loose” it’s never an overbearing thing. The score does just enough to support the narrative without doing too much. Even though the score is atmospheric and dissonant, it never feels aimless or wandering.

It Comes At Night is not a showy score nor is it a thematic one. You won’t have any melodies or lullabies stuck in your head. But during the journey it will slowly seep into your mind and completely overtake your emotional state to make you feel uneasy and in danger. The music is not necessarily scary and it never relies on jump scares, but rather builds absolute dread from within. If you let the music take over you, it can be one terrifically unsettling experience.