We’re living in a golden age of high concept horror films. Hot on the heels of Get Out’s runaway success, another low budget fright-fest is looking to scare up some major dough at the summer box office.
It Comes at Night is the second feature from writer-director Trey Edward Shults, whose debut effort Krisha was so good, some people anointed him America’s next great filmmaker. Based on his follow-up’s first trailer (and the glowing reviews from its premiere at the inaugural Overlook Film Festival), Shults looks to have lived up to the billing.
The clip opens with the first encounter between a gun-toting Joel Edgerton and a mysterious visitor, played by Christopher Abbott. They’re in the woods, there’s a threat lurking and they don’t have much time. The two men decide to join forces. Along with their families, they shack up in a remote house with very strict rules: Stay in groups. Keep the door locked. And whatever you do, don’t go out at night. Abiding by these rules could mean the difference between life and death.
But if movies have taught as anything, it’s that strangers trying to play house never really works out. Especially not when a deadly disease and some major post-apocalyptic dread are there to ratchet up the tension. Riley Keough, Carmen Ejogo, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. round out the cast. We’ll see who makes it out alive when It Comes at Night hits theaters on June 9.
Watch the trailer above.