it comes at night spoiler review

Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes At Night opens today and while it’s not the movie being sold in the trailers, it’s an exceptional piece of work. Tense and unsettling and bleaker than bleak, it’s going to rattle nerves of audiences everywhere this weekend. And everyone who sees it is probably going to have a lot to talk about.

Alex Riviello and Jacob Hall certainly did. Unable to get the film out of their minds, the two of them sat down to talk about the movie in spoiler-filled detail.

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It Comes at Night misleading trailer

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the excellent marketing for It Comes at Night is doing the movie a disservice.)

The trailers for It Comes at Night have been magnificent and the folks at A24 (or whoever they employed to edit them) should be commended. Each preview has evoked a menace and a terror rarely found in horror movie marketing. I have watched as that trailer made entire audiences grow tense. I have felt my wife, a huge horror fan, nudge me in the side, her non-verbal way of saying “take me to see that, please.”

Removed from the trailers, It Comes at Night is an excellent movie and writer/director Trey Edward Shults, his cast, and his crew should also be commended. In a summer filled with bombastic blockbusters, it’s a disturbing, patient, and upsetting experience that crawls under your skin and festers. It’s the kind of movie that will find an audience – people who will want to talk about it for some time to come.

But here’s the thing: It Comes at Night, while certainly worth your time and money, is not the movie A24 is selling. At all. In any way. And that’s not going to sit well with some audiences.

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it comes at night trailer

It Comes at Night opens this week and it brings a blast of unsettling, arthouse horror into the stifling summer movie season. Well, “blast” may not be the right word – this is a patient, uneasy, and downright creepy movie that deliberately avoids offering instant satisfaction or clear answers. This approach only makes the film more upsetting.

And writer/director Trey Edward Shults wouldn’t have it any other way. Like his previous film, the micro-budgeted drama Krisha, Shults has made a very personal film here, albeit one set in the post-apocalypse that follows two families sharing one roof in the woods while a virus destroys civilization elsewhere. Speaking with Shults, he was open about his influences (everyone from Stanley Kubrick to John Cassavetes), writing a horror movie as therapy, and plunging the audience into a nightmare.

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it comes at night trailer

I was able to see director Trey Edward ShultsIt Comes At Night a few weeks ago and I agree with our own Alex Riviello, who reviewed it from the world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival: it’s a really good movie. It is also not the movie being presented in this new preview, which could be a problem for some audiences.

So watch the new It Comes at Night trailer below, but understand that the movie arriving in theaters next week isn’t the movie being advertised.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Neil Gaiman‘s comic book How to Talk to Girl at Parties is a fun read. It’s also a very short read. If adapted faithfully, it’d probably be a great short film. The director behind Rabbit Hole and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell, had the freedom of adapting the story into a narrative feature film. He got to take the kernel of a story where he wanted to, and where he went with it looks like a blast.

Below, watch the How to Talk to Girls at Parties teasers.

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Good Time trailer

Over the last five years, Robert Pattinson has been doing some great projects. From his work with filmmakers like David Cronenberg, David Michôd (The Rover), and Anton Corbijn (Life) to his most his recent film, The Lost City City of Z, Pattinson has been delivering quality performances in some high-quality movies. He has continued to show more and more range lately. Hopefully, we’ll say the same of his work in Josh and Benny Safdie‘s Good Time, which debuts this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Below, watch the Good Time trailer.

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the disaster artist release date

James Franco‘s The Disaster Artist has gone from New Line to A24. While New Line still holds the international rights, the distributor behind last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight, will handle the domestic release of Franco’s look at the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room. A24 has set a December release date for the film.

Below, find out more about the Disaster Artist release date.

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woodshock trailer

There few film distributors who engender loyalty quite like A24, a company whose track record has been so consistent and so downright fascinating that we were compelled to rank every single movie they’ve released. Their ever-expanding filmography looks to continue with Woodshock, which certainly looks like it’ll slide right into their library. An unsettling little movie, with fresh talent behind the camera, starring a performer who has proven herself time and time again to be worth watching? Yeah, that’s the exact kind of movie we’ve come to expect from A24 at this point.

The Woodshock trailer is light on plot but heavy on stunning visuals…and on Kirsten Dunst, who has quietly re-emerged as one of the most exciting actresses working at the moment.

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a24 movies ranked

General audiences don’t pay much attention to the distributors of most films (unless the distributor happens to be Disney). But most film distributors aren’t A24 Films, the little start-up distribution company that could. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges, A24 is one of the rare independent film distributors to build up the type of rabid fanbase usually reserved for Disney-owned Marvel movies. And with good reason: since 2013, A24 has been releasing unique independent cinema worth talking about. “A24 films run the gamut of genre and style, but they all seem to be incredibly specific, personal visions,” said James Ponsoldt, who directed two films released by A24. When you’re in a theater and the lights go down, and the cool, retro, minimalistic A24 logo comes up, you know you’re about to get something special. And they show no signs of slowing down. On May 5, they’ll release Azazel JacobsThe Lovers, with films like A Ghost Story, The Exception and It Comes At Night all on the horizon and already generating buzz.

Ranking films is a time-honored tradition here on the internet. But most ranking tends to be of the Marvel or DCEU variety. Why should superhero movies have all the fun? Let’s give an indie distributor a shot! You might ask: is it fair to rank different films from different directors just because they all fall under the same distributor? Probably not! But we’re going to do it anyway. It’s worth noting that, with a few exceptions, the films in A24’s line-up are either good, very good or downright excellent. That’s worth celebrating and applauding. That said, join us as we rank the films of A24.

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it comes at night review

[It Comes At Night premiered as a secret screening at the Overlook Film Festival this weekend. The film came right from the edit bay, and while it’s not final, (they’re still working on a few effects, and it contained no credits) the picture is locked.]

It Comes At Night is either a survivalist’s greatest dream or biggest nightmare. It touches on something that many people have hidden away in the dark recesses of their minds, a plan for when civilization collapses and you have to fend for yourself. It usually involves a secluded location deep in the woods, and with more than a couple of guns.

That’s the case for young Travis (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.), who lives in a secured and heavily armed home with his parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo.) Society might be gone for all they know, because they’ve been living far out in the woods for quite a while, surviving day-to-day.

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