7. 'It Comes at Night'
Some sort of apocalypse has dropped – don't worry yourself about the who, what or why, just know that it's enough to keep a rugged survivalist (Joel Edgerton, edgier than usual) burning contaminated corpses and bolting the doors after dusk, lest something come slouching inside. The man just wants to protect his wife (Carmen Ejogo) and teenage son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a goal that becomes that much harder when another patriarch (Christopher Abbott) and his family enters their orbit. Trust is earned. And then that trust is broken. Having already stunned filmgoers with his domestic-nightmare of a debut Krisha last year, writer-director Trey Edward Shults tries his hand at the things-that-go-bump-in-the-psyche genre and proves he can sustain slow-burning dread with next to nothing. There are no monsters here, unless you count the green-eyed types that doth mock and the ones that lurk inside the hearts of all men. DF