The full-length trailer and poster are here for A24’s upcoming horror/thriller release, It Comes at Night. A24 has quickly established itself as a powerhouse player in the indie filmmaking business, having only just picked up its first Best Picture Oscar win for Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed feature, Moonlight. So far, the studio has been embracing a wide variety in genre offerings from a diverse collection of storytellers with its release slate, ranging from Jenkins’ coming of age tale Moonlight to Alex Garland’s A.I. sci-fi drama/thriller Ex Machina and the comedy/drama-blending Swiss Army Man, among other
It Comes at Night is something of a genre mashup itself, taking place in a world where some unidentified mass-threat (a virus of sorts) has seemingly devastated the global population and driven a family to seek refuge in the woods, isolated far from the masses. When a young couple finds their way to the family’s outpost seeking shelter however, it begs the question: can these mysterious outsiders be trusted, and will paranoia rip these survivors apart before any sort of external menace (be it an infectious disease or something more paranormal in nature) has a chance to do so?
The trailer and tagline for It Comes at Night (“Fear turns men into monsters”) suggests the movie will be a mix of suspense thriller and body horror, in the vein of John Carpenter classic The Thing. Appropriately enough, the It Comes at Night trailer also incorporates some Carpenter-esque synthesized musical cues into its score; at the same time, indicating that the film is less of an overt throwback exercise than such recent cult horror hits as It Follows and You’re Next. It Comes at Night has the makings of a modern work of minimalist horror too, judging by both the new trailer and poster for the movie (see below).
Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults (who is coming off his freshman directorial effort on the acclaimed 2015 drama, Krisha), It Comes at Night stars Joel Edgerton (The Gift), Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (The Birth of a Nation) as the aforementioned family in peril. Meanwhile, Christopher Abbott (Girls) and Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) play the couple who take shelter with Edgerton, Ejogo and Harrison in the movie – and unless the trailer is just messing with us, Abbott and Keough’s characters have definitely been less-than-honest about themselves with their hosts.
A24 is coming off releasing a pair of acclaimed horror and/or thriller offerings in 2016, in the forms of Robert Eggers’ dark folklore tale The Witch and Jeremy Saulnier’s punk rockers vs. neo-Nazis flick, Green Room. 2017’s horror game got off to a strong start when Jordan Peele’s racial politics-charged Get Out hit theaters back in February and It Comes at Night is in a good position to keep the forward momentum going; based on both its promising trailers (including, the creepy It Comes at Night teaser that released earlier this year) and the strong buzz around Shults’ movie after its 2017 Overlook Film Festival premiere, over the past weekend.