Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Coming Home in the Dark

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 97 minutes

Coming Home in the Dark
Coming Home in the Dark
Coming Home in the Dark
Coming Home in the Dark

A brutal psychological thriller like no other, COMING HOME IN THE DARK ushers the viewer into a nightmarish hellscape that throttles you to the very edge of your seat. Set in the swooping landscapes of Greater Wellington, New Zealand, the film follows married couple Hoaggie and Jill and their two adolescent sons on a family road trip where they are encroached upon by two mysterious drifters. This tense encounter escalates into a shocking act of violence that triggers one of the most unrelenting cinematic experiences of the year—part heart-pounding survival drama, part meditation on the pathos of childhood trauma. However, not everything is as it first appears and the story writhes with moral quandaries and human complexities as it surges toward its harrowing finale. Masterfully directed, this debut feature announces Kiwi filmmaker James Ashcroft as an exciting new voice in the horror arena, offering the viewer a bone-chilling ride through to the very last frame. —R.J.T.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

  • This screening's tickets are sold out. (?)

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

After Hours

International Narrative Competition


James Ashcroft

Mike Minogue, Catherine Fitzgerald, Desray Armstrong

Eli Kent, James Ashcroft

Matt Henley

Annie Collins

Principal Cast
Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Matthias Luafutu, Miriama McDowell

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