After releasing Krisha, one of the best directorial debuts of last year, A24 also backed writer-director Trey Edward Shults‘ follow-up It Comes at Night, and it recently had its surprise premiere at Overlook Film Festival this past weekend, where it was received with high praise. Starring Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, and Carmen Ejogo, the psychological horror follows a father who believes an evil presence is outside his home and a battle must be waged.
Ahead of a release next month, the full-length trailer has now arrived, which goes deeper into the story. “Let’s be honest, horror movies have a bad rap,” Edgerton tells EW. “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.”
Check out the new trailer and poster below, along with reactions from its premiere.
IT COMES AT NIGHT: Intense slow-burner about fear, trust, plagues, monsters, etc. More atmospheric than “scary,” per se. #overlookfilmfest
— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) April 30, 2017
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) April 30, 2017
IT COMES AT NIGHT is not the film I was expecting. It’s something wholly unsettling – spider’s nest of unease, dread & ever present danger.
— Robert Saucedo (@robsaucedo2500) April 30, 2017
A24 has another masterpiece on their hands, folks. IT COMES AT NIGHT is terrifying in wholly unexpected ways. #overlookfilmfest
— Alex Riviello (@alexriviello) April 30, 2017
— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) April 30, 2017
I reviewed the terrific, uncompromising IT COMES AT NIGHT: https://t.co/oVlKTFNX2R
— Keith Phipps (@kphipps3000) April 30, 2017
IT COMES AT NIGHT is terrific. a somber portrayal of how sickness turns good people into monsters. trey edward shults is a visionary
— Kalyn Corrigan (@kalyncorrigan) April 30, 2017
IT COMES AT NIGHT will fuck you up if you have kids. Or parents. Or a spouse. Or anyone you care about, really. #overlookfilmfest
— Katie Rife (@FutureSchlock) April 30, 2017
My review of IT COMES AT NIGHT, which is terrifying and very, very good. Imagine KRISHA with a sci-fi twist: https://t.co/7KYrN89oBb
— erickohn (@erickohn) April 30, 2017
My IT COMES AT NIGHT review is up. This movie is extraordinary. https://t.co/5BiUzLAddN
— Meredith Borders (@xymarla) April 30, 2017
Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature Krisha with It Comes At Night, a horror film following a man (Joel Edgerton) as he is learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within.
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.
It Comes at Night opens on June 9.