New Trailer for IT COMES AT NIGHT

A new trailer for director Trey Edward Shults follow-up to his homemade breakout hit, Krisha, has arrived online and is definitely one of my most anticipated films of the summer. The film, which just debuted at the Overlook Film Festival, a Shining-inspired horror film festival, has critics already singing its praises. I saw Krisha back in 2015 when it began making the rounds on the festival circuit and was impressed by what Shults was able to pull off with a micro budget and his family for actors. After showing the film at Cannes and it winning the 2015 SXSW’s grand jury and audience awards for narrative feature, the young writer/director inked a two picture deal with A24. It Comes at Night is the first film to be produced from that deal. The film is said to be a psychological horror film about a father who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep. To this effect, this first full-length trailer for the film still doesn't spill much in terms of such plot. We receive the bear minimum as far as story is concerned with the focus primarily on atmosphere and tone which is in line with the type of horror A24 has released thus far. If you're a fan of The Witch this trailer will likely be all the more enticing, but while that film certainly had atmosphere for days I didn't think the story was as strong as it might have been and found the film not nearly as satisfying as some. So, in hopes of striking the balance between the engaging narrative and the other, key elements of tone and atmosphere when discussing horror films-I hope Shults can pull it off in his first, major studio feature. A24 is one of the most interesting studios out there and anything they choose to either produce or acquire is worth taking note of. Here's to hoping their bet on Shults pays out. It Comes at Night stars Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo, and opens on June 9th, 2017.

Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

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