A24’s upcoming horror It Comes at Night, from Krisha director Trey Edward Shults, debuted with a surprise screening this weekend at the inaugural Overlook Film Festival (one of many, many reasons I’m bummed I didn’t make it to this awesome new genre fest in my own back yard). The internet had a collective orgasmic freakout, which only makes me want to watch this right now. And to accompany the unexpected premiere (it’s reportedly still a rough cut with unfinished special effects), there’s a creepy new trailer. Check it out after the jump.
This It Comes at Night trailer has it all: shrieking strings that feel like someone plucking the nerves of your spinal chord, grim survivalists, mysterious dangers, human threats, tension for days, and all kinds of psychological horror goodies.
The story follows a family of survivors (Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.) riding out a vague post-apocalyptic event at an isolated enclave deep in the wilderness. A new couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) arrives on the scene, and it’s a fine line between bolstering their numbers to increase their collective chances of survival and putting everyone at risk.
This trailer for It Comes at Night doesn’t reveal much, which his how it should be, but it definitely sets and intriguing table. It toes the line of whether this is a human threat, some kind of disease, or potentially supernatural in nature. This look is all tone and mood and atmosphere, and holy crap I’m all-in for this.
Based on his recent comments, Joel Edgerton doesn’t have the highest opinion of horror, despite being in some genre gems himself. He told EW:
“Let’s be honest, horror movies have a bad rap. It’s up to movies like Get Out and It Follows — and this movie, I hope — to remove the stigma of what I refer to as the ‘blood porn’ nature of horror. Horror films can be incredibly intelligent.”
People who say shit like this don’t watch nearly enough horror. (Hell, A24 has been the driving force behind a wave of fantastic, intelligent horror films over the last few years—but I also enjoy the so-called “blood porn,” so I may be biased.) But I don’t care. He can say whatever the hell he wants, because It Comes at Night looks great.
The response to the previous trailer was so positive that A24 moves It Comes at Night’s release up by a few months, and now it hits screens on June 9. It could prove to be a nice bit of counterprogramming against the onslaught of big-budget blockbuster spectacles.