The trailer for Trey Edward Shults’ new horror film, It Comes at Night, opens with an armed man (Joel Edgerton) questioning a stranger bound to a tree, desperate for answers about an unknown threat. “I just wanna talk, and I want honest answers,” he tells the captive. “Do you have any idea what’s going on out there?”
The post-apocalyptic tone deepens from there, as the protagonist decides to let the man’s family stay at his house. He spells out a series of rules, emphasizing that an eerie red door – their only method of entry – must always stay closed and locked. Under no circumstances should they go out at night. The trailer ends with a flurry of violence, fire, screaming and one disturbing kiss.
It Comes at Night premiered this past weekend at the Overlook Film Festival. The movie stars Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr. It hits theaters June 9th.
Edgerton told Entertainment Weekly that he views the film as a horror take on “refugees and immigration and otherness … There’s this question of whether to trust [his character] and his word that he has a family, and food, and stuff to offer.”