Coming Home in the Dark
New Zealand Feature, Thriller
1 hours 33 minutes
Age restriction:
R16 (Violence, cruelty, offensive language & content that may disturb)
James Ashcroft
Daniel Gillies,
Miriama McDowell,
Erik Thomson,
Matthias Luafutu,
Billy Paratene,
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Coming Home in the Dark

1 hours 33 minutes | Rated R16 (Violence, cruelty, offensive language & content that may disturb)

A family’s idyllic outing descends into terror when high school teacher Alan ‘Hoaggie’ Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon go exploring an isolated coastline. But an unexpected meeting with a pair of murderous drifters thrusts the family into a nightmare road trip where they find themselves captured by the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his hulking man-child accomplice Tubs. At first the family’s terror seems to be born of a random encounter with two sociopaths who seem intent on god only knows what. But as the night drags on Hoaggie and Jill realize that this nightmare has been set in motion 20 years earlier; and as they approach their mysterious final destination Mandrake reveals the horrible secret driving his actions leaving Hoaggie to face a questionable past before the sun rises.


Thinking about a family hiking trip? You might forgo that after being scared to death by this relentless thriller. National Newspaper Publishers Association

What starts out as a nerve-rattling portrait of chance violence becomes a dark meditation on the long-term reverberations of childhood abuse in state institutions. Hollywood Reporter

Coming Home In the Dark is a white knuckle ride of ruthless horror. Pajiba

Whether there’s enough story to fill out an entire feature is a different story, but Coming Home in the Dark succeeds in sheer intensity and extremism to make it worth the journey. Bloody Disgusting

It grabs you by the nose hairs and pulls each one with twist after twist in the storyline. San Jose Mercury News

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