With the recent news of Friday The 13th being scrapped and the bombing of the highly anticipated Rings sequel, 2017 has not been kind to the #horror genre so far. We can only hope that the newly released trailer for #ItComesAtNight serves as a solid indication that the rest of the year has something to offer starving horror fans.
The project is from rising studio #A24, who coincidently brought you the controversial horror movie, The Witch (2016), and the brilliantly disturbing thriller, Green Room (2016). Written and directed by the award-winning newcomer Trey Edward Shults, who made a name for himself with his debut film, Krisha (2015), the film has a fresh mind on its side. In a world where horror ideas are weak and borrowed, a new take on the genre is decidedly welcome.
It Comes At Night stars Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Joel Edgerton (The Gift), Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (The Birth of a Nation). Check out the trailer below:
While the disturbing trailer offers us very little to go on, we can tell that the psychological film will follow in The Witch's footsteps and choose an eerie tone over cheap jump scares. The official synopsis given by A24 offers some insight:
Imagine the end of the world — Now imagine something worse. 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.
Horror fans have been craving something different; a film that doesn't simply meet the stereotypical criteria, but one that breaks the scale, and calls for a new standard of horror. The Witch, Don't Breathe, Green Room and The Autopsy of Jane Doe have been successful due to deviating plots offering new twists and artistic scares reminiscent of classic horror films. If the genre continues to go in this direction, horror films may evolve into what they were meant to be: scary!
What horror movie are you looking forward to in 2017?