Leave it to A24 to give us out of the box films. From last year’s The Witch and The Lobster, the production studio consistently gives audiences strangely entertaining movies. Come late August this year, they will continue that trend with the frightfully cold It Comes At Night.
From director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), the tense thriller stars Joel Edgerton as a father who protects his family from an unknown threat by hiding them in a cabin in the woods. When a family comes over seeking refuge, his morals are put to the test as the horrors he swore he protect his family from is coming. Check out the trailer below.
The trailer feels an awful lot like how The Witch‘s trailer was cut. It is relatively shorter than most trailers, only running at 1:34. However, it gets the job done. It sets the tone by relying building that tension by creating a creepy atmosphere and pairing it up with chilling music. Provided that the narrator gives us some context with what is happening in a very cold tone, this is one of the few horror trailers that has me wanting to see the whole thing.
Here’s the plot synopsis from IMDB:
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
It Comes At Night looks to rely more on building up to the scares or just making you anxious rather than having you react to jump scares or bloody disfigurement. It’s very rare to see a film like that nowadays, but it is great to see that it is making a very slow comeback. Hopefully, the film ends up being a bit more entertaining than The Witch. The problem with that film was that I was setting my expectations for it way too high. That being said, I still felt a little chilly after watching it.
It Comes At Night also stars Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Carmen Ejogo. The film opens in theaters on August 25, 2017.