It Comes At Night could be 2017's scariest movie

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The first trailer and reviews for It Comes At Night tip that it might be the most disturbing movie to hit cinemas this year.

This horrifying post-apocalyptic thriller from Krisha director Trey Edward Shults paints a grisly picture of life after a global pandemic, as families fight to protect their own from the lurking sickness. Here's your one and only warning that the trailer below is absolutely terrifying:

In the film, Girls star Christopher Abbott is relieved to find safe haven in the forests of Woodstock, NY when he comes across survivalist Joel Edgerton. Very quickly he learns that his family are in more danger than ever before.

After the film's recent screening at Oregon's Overlook Film Festival over the weekend, Edgerton described the horror movie as an allegory for the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment across the globe.

"For me, the film is about refugees and immigration and otherness," Edgerton said (via Entertainment Weekly). "I thought that was really interesting to explore in the horror realm."

It remains to be seen whether It Comes At Night will scare up a mass audience like other surprise horror hits The Babadook, The Witch or Get Out, but the first reviews are definitely encouraging:

/Film:

"It Comes At Night has solidified director Trey Edward Shults as a major genre figure, and given A24 another masterpiece to tout. It's as self-assured and personal a piece of horror as you've seen in a long time, and the kind of exciting film you attend film festivals to see in the first place."

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Uproxx:

"The film, like its director, offers no answers, nor does it need to. It's an unnerving, masterful piece of horror filmmaking, creating a sense of suspense about what's out in the woods and when and if it will come for Paul (Joel Edgerton) and the others. But it's the way it explores how its characters prepare to face what's in the dark that makes it hit home."

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Bloody Disgusting:

"It's not about what the sickness is, but rather, how it tears us apart and turns us into demonic versions of ourselves. These are good people in this movie, driven mad by illness and paranoia and claustrophobia. Like wild animals backed into a corner, the inhabitants of this household lash out at one another at the slightest sign of trouble, unable to trust one another, and quick to turn on anyone who starts to show signs of the plague that has infiltrated their once safe world. They are torn apart by their survival instincts; made monsters by their own self preservation. It's tragic and unsettling, but it oozes with authenticity and heartbreak."

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Paste Magazine:

"Shults may be a genius: Rarely do his characters say anything expositional - everything instead is implication, as if the director has full control over both our need to see and our existential anxiety about what we can't. It Comes at Night is a different kind of movie from Krisha, but it operates on the same ideas of what scares us. We're afraid of confronting the unknown - perhaps more afraid of knowing that we have to eventually. And throughout It Comes at Night we feel as if we're saying goodbye to these characters even as we're just getting to know them. The film is trauma as tone poem, bittersweet down to its bones, a triumph of empathetic, soul-shaking movie-making."

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It Comes at Night will creep into US cinemas beginning on June 9. No UK release date has been announced yet.

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