Into the Dark’s They Come Knocking is a Hulu original that was released on June 7, 2019 and directed by Adam Mason. It has an interesting concept, but it has troubles executing it and ultimately falls flat.
This film centers completely around a man (Nathan) and his two daughters (Clair and Maggie) some time after his wife dies. They decide to go on a camping trip to where he originally had proposed to his wife. Once they get there in the middle of the night they hear a knock on the door of their camper. Nathan and his two daughters are full of a lot of grief and this situation doesn’t help. The grief that each of them carries is the driving force in this movie as each character has to let go of all of their sorrows.
I really did appreciate the cast in this movie. Clayne Crawford played the father Nathan. His performance was terrific as he showed all of the emotions that you could possibly think of. He really showed his grief and it was very believable. I was a huge fan of his performance. Josephine Langford played Clair and Lia McHugh played Maggie. These were the daughters in the film and they also did great in their roles. There was a lot of tension built up between the three of these characters and each of them did a great job of conveying that. The three of them somewhat saved the movie as the story was lacking at times.
The main thing that I liked about this film was the message. It delivered a story about a family needing to let go of their grief. It told this story in a very unconventional way and I think that helped it. It’s message is that we all have grief, but in the end we need to let it go. These characters had to let go of their grief in order to get out of this insane situation. I liked how it had this message and I think that was the main positive of the movie. The cast was also a huge positive as they carried the story and made it kind of believable. Finally, I did like the horror aspects in this movie. I didn’t think that they went too far into jump scares or other cheap scares which I very much appreciated. They just tried to set up creepy atmospheres and spooky scenarios. I liked that aspect of the film as I love a good horror flick.
There were also several things that I did not like about this movie. First off, it began to derail a bit and became kind of confusing towards the end. I was slightly confused as to why this supernatural entity decided to try and kill them. Was it because of their grief? Was it because they were in that location? The film never really explained that and that led me to wonder why any of this actually happened in the first place. That took away some of the realistic aspects to me as I didn’t see a reason as to why all of the crazy stuff was happening. I also thought that at times the movie was boring. There were sequences of our three characters just sitting around talking for 10 minutes straight and I wasn’t very entertained by that. Finally, the movie was fairly predictable to me. As soon as the supernatural girl showed up and knocked it became pretty easy to predict what would happen next. There were so many moments that we have seen before and it was just too easy to tell what would happen next.
Overall, this was definitely not a bad movie as I was mostly entertained and intrigued throughout. However, the second half of the film falls flat as the story becomes continuously more unrealistic and predictable.
Rating- 6 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. It is a movie filled with potential, but ultimately doesn’t live up to it.
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