The Overlook Film Festival closed with the surprise world premiere of “It Comes at Night” last night, and early reactions to Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha” follow-up are highly positive. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn gives the film an A- and writes that “there are many movies about horror in the woods, but ‘It Comes at Night’ stretches that trope into a paranoid headtrip.” He’s hardly alone in his praise.
Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf gives it a rare five stars:
“A major statement on the subject of civilization in freefall, writer-director Trey Edward Shults’s nerve-shredding domestic thriller joins the rarified company of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel ‘The Road’ and the small handful of intimate post-apocalyptic scenarios that puncture through to our deepest fears.”
Keith Phipps of Uproxx is impressed as well:
“The film, like its director, offers no answers, nor does it need to. It’s often 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 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.”
So, too, is Meredith Borders of Birth.Movies.Death.:
“It’s devastating, an unblinking gaze at the cost of our collective fear of death, our own and that of those we love, asking what that fear does to us, what it takes from us when we’re yet alive. It’s a sense-provoking, full-bodied experience that caused an entire audience to exhale heavily the moment the screen turned black. And it’s an assurance that Shults is a filmmaker who must be followed.”
Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott and Carmen Ejogo star in the film. A24 will release “It Comes at Night” on June 9.