Coming Home in the Dark

Coming Home in the Dark

Coming Home in the Dark

A family trip through the New Zealand wilderness turns into a nightmare when they're suddenly confronted by a pair of drifters in this Sundance thriller starring Daniel Gillies (The Originals) and Miriama McDowell (Waru).

Winding down a desolate road through an endless valley, Alan and Jill stop their car to take their teenage boys on a hike through the New Zealand wilderness. As they rest for a picnic at a clearing overlooking the water, two ominous-looking drifters appear out of nowhere, silently surrounding the peaceful clan and radiating a threat of imminent danger. With a swift act of violence, these men take the family by force, a seemingly random decision that sets them all on a maddening collision course with the ghosts of their pasts—from which there is no escape.

2021Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty, offensive language & content that may disturb93 minsNew Zealand
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A genre exercise with some impressive bursts of filmmaking and performance that bode well for whatever Ashcroft does next.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

At a certain point, the built-up momentum declines at a steady rate, never entirely living up to that exhilarating, brutal first act.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

The movie doesn’t break any new ground - and doesn’t really try to - but will grab hold of you in moments that range from tense and thrilling to downright shocking.

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Paste

Paste

(Coming Home in the Dark) can’t help but sputter in the third act, the engine blown from the unsurpassable terror it invokes early on.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

A tensely thrilling ride pairing cruel behaviors with an inviting landscape... not for the faint of heart.

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Variety

Variety

Its torture-porn trappings give way to a moral weight as unanticipated by the characters as it is by the audience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A rivetingly nasty ride and an assured debut from a promising new director.

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Stuff

Stuff

A terrific piece of work, as pitiless as it is nuanced.

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