09. It Comes at Night
Release Date: June 9th
Who’s in It? Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
“Garth, that was a Haiku!”
Earth is super boned
Three doing fine on their own
‘Til three more show up
You Gotta See This: It Comes at Night has already divided audiences, between those who see Trey Edward Shults’ film as an empty exercise in non-horror and those who appreciate its muted, slow-burning crescendo of hellish dread. By its presence on this list, you know which camp CoS has fallen into. Shults, who stormed onto the American indie scene with last year’s equally cold and precise Krisha, turns a simple story of a couple and their son trying to survive in a left-to-interpretation post-apocalypse into a meditation on the savagery in all people and how even the smartest and most well-prepared people can be destroyed through nothing more than their inalterable humanity. It’s the rare thriller that trusts its audience to sink into a sense of dread, rather than obsess over fine plot details, and it’s a superb accomplishment of mood and fear above all. It might not be the end-of-the-world plague story some might have wanted, but what Shults offers instead will stick with you long after the film reaches its unyielding conclusion. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
Extra! Extra! Read Randall Colburn’s full review here.