Joel Edgerton Says Horror Film ‘It Comes At Night’ Will Be ‘Incredibly Intelligent’
Folks, especially horror fans, you’re going to want to keep It Comes At Night on your radar. An outbreak movie with a twist, Trey Edward Shults’ new movie focuses on a family trying to survive a deadly plague who have to make a terrible choice: deny a man shelter or give it to him, at the risk of exposure to one killer illness.
Entertainment Weekly talked with the team behind It Comes At Night, and asked the makeup department’s Jessie Eden how they came up with the look for the terrible sickness.
We looked at whatever photos we could find that related to the bubonic plague, related to Ebola virus. We took a little bit of every gnarly disease.
Makeup department head Sasha Grossman added,
To be even scarier, we added solid black demonlike eyes.
Take a look:
Goodbye forever, sleep.
Shults also told EW that the plot of the movie was inspired by his own experience with his father’s death from cancer.
It was a hugely traumatic, life-changing moment in my life. I started writing the opening scene and then this whole fictional story burst out of that.
The movie’s star Joel Edgerton also had something to say about the importance of intelligent horror movies, and how It Comes At Night will hopefully fit in with the likes of such fantastic films as Get Out and It Follows.
Let’s be honest, horror movies have a bad rap. It’s up to movies like Get Out and It Follows — and this movie, I hope — to [remove] the stigma of what I refer to as the ‘blood porn’ nature of horror. Horror films can be incredibly intelligent.
Well, color us extremely excited for this one. If you’re intrigued, here’s the plot description:
A man (Joel Edgerton) 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.
It Comes At Night hits theaters June 9.