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June 18th, 2017

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It Comes At Night

Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his breakout debut KRISHA with the psychological horror thriller IT COMES AT NIGHT, centering on a teenage boy (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) as he grapples with mounting terrors — both external and internal — in the aftermath of an unnamed cataclysm.

Secure within a desolate home with his vigilant, protective, and heavily armed parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo), 17-year-old Travis navigates fear, grief and paranoia amid scarce resources as a desperate young couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) seeks refuge in his family home with their young child.

Despite the best intentions of both families, panic and mistrust boil over as the horrors of the outside world creep ever closer. But they are nothing compared to the horrors within, as Travis discovers that his father’s commitment to protecting the family may cost him his soul.

As its title suggests, IT COMES AT NIGHT is rooted in nightmares both literal and figurative. Awash in dream references, deceptive in the way it shifts from reality to phantasm, the story unravels as a waking nightmare from Travis’s perspective, as he tries to process the combined terrors of the plague, an overprotective father, his own unpredictable mindset, and the destabilizing presence of a new family that changes the dynamics of his carefully organized home.

IT COMES AT NIGHT uses everything from cinematography and production design to sound effects and score to animate Travis’s tortured psyche. “With KRISHA I made a nosedive into her subjective delirium, where some things are really happening and others aren’t,” Shults explains. “It’s the same with Travis —
you don’t always know where he’s coming from, or even what he’s experiencing because he’s surrounded by so much chaos. This is Travis’s journey, how he manages to navigate this chaos.”
It Comes At Night
Travis’s world comes to life in a symphony of cinematic craft, with Shults collaborating behind-the-scenes with some of the most exciting, fast-rising talents in the industry. Shults fuses together the probing camera work of Texasborn cinematographer Drew Daniels, the propulsive score of Brian McOmber (both previous Shults collaborators), and the eerie, claustrophobic production design of Karen Murphy—who previously worked with Baz Luhrmann on MOULIN ROUGE! and THE GREAT GATSBY—to transform IT COMES AT NIGHT into a highly unique, emotional horror film, steeped in mood, menace, and mayhem.

Close viewers of KRISHA will recognize some of the same tracking shots in ominous corridors decked with family portraits and mementos, signaling the themes of legacy and inheritance that are staples of Shults’s work. Travis is a pensive outsider who is constantly observing from a distance, peering around corners or through holes in the floor, taking in information while privately grappling with the weight of his own heritage.

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