By Dave B.
They Come Knocking is Blumhouse’s latest entry into its Into The Dark horror anthology. In it a father and his two daughters go on a road trip to lay to rest the ashes of their wife and mother. However, their grieving is interrupted when a group of strangers (creepy as hell kids) demand to be let into the family’s trailer. After being denied, the kids disable their vehicle, leaving the trio stranded with no cell service and fighting to survive a force that they can barely comprehend.
At 86 minutes long, They Come Knocking is well-directed and somewhat intense, but not particularly frightening. There are a few jump-scares and some general creepiness, but in line with what Blumhouse is known for, They Come Knocking isn’t just a horror movie. In fact, it’s more of a family drama than a straight horror movie most of the time. This has the unfortunate effect of giving the movie a fairly sedate pace, but it also allows for more character development than one might expect.
Overall, They Come Knocking’s plot may not always make sense, but it’s message is clear and it’s conveyance of that message is generally effective. As far as the Into The Dark anthology is concerned, They Come Knocking falls somewhere in the upper half of the series, but definitely not at the very top. It’s entertaining, has emotional resonance, and is somewhat unique, but it would probably be better if it focused a bit more on existential terror instead of the emotional variety.
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