Into The Dark: They Come Knocking (2019)
It’s almost Father’s Day, so of course Hulu’s holiday-themed horror series Into the Dark has a few thoughts on the subject! On that note let’s dive into their June offering, They Come Knocking!
Ol’ Nathan (Clayne Crawford) has had a rough go; his wife Val (Robyn Lively) has succumbed to an illness, and now he and his daughters; young Maggie (Lia McHugh) and bitchy-bitch teen Clair ( Josephine Langford), head out on a trek to the spot where the formerly happy couple proposed to spread virus Val’s ashes.
Since this is a fright flick and all, the family soon run afoul of those most underused of urban legends; the Black Eyed Kids while parked in the ass-end of nowhere (more specifically a scrub-brush strewn desert similar to the hot-hell the family in The Hills Have Eyes were stranded in…and we all know how amazing that turned out for those guys).
Anyway, these murderous midgets are balls-deep into laying the kill-crazy on any family unfortunate enough to cross their path, so Nathan and the gals have one hell of a fright-fight ahead of them!
Directed by Adam Mason (who also helmed the best entry in the series so far; I’m Just F*cking With You) from a screenplay by Shane & Carey Van Dyke (Chernobyl Diaries), They Come Knocking functions not only as a poignant family drama, but also as a truly spine-chilling terror yarn thanks to the inclusion of one of my fav cryptids; the aforementioned Black Eyed Kids!
These cloaked creeps are full of sing-song menace that mixes false vulnerability with hair-raising supernatural menace (the way they fuck with this troubled group is nothing short of monstrously masterful)…and the fact that the film takes the time to make the family so damn sympathetic helps make their preternatural plight that much more an excursion into nail-biting suspense territory!
Speaking of that family; both Crawford and Langford provide rock solid performances as the estranged father and daughter duo, but I’ll be damned if the strongest performance doesn’t come from McHugh who gives Maggie a full complement of spunk, off-beat charm, and wisdom beyond her years; an absolutely show-stealing performance here for sure boils n’ ghouls!
Easily my second favorite entry in this phenomenal series; Into The Dark: They Come Knocking comes with high marks from your’s cruelly, and since none of the episodes in the series tie-in to one another you could start right here and have a fan-fucking-tastic horror biz experience…and by “could” I mean “should”!