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What’s Behind The Red Door In ‘It Comes At Night’?

It Comes At Night is a horror film rooted in domesticity. In the just-released trailer for the forthcoming June film, we're introduced to a tight-knit family learning to survive after a plague has wiped out most of the population. Their home life is interrupted after another family stumbles upon their—you guessed it—woodland property in search of food, water, and shelter. Said family gets their wish and all's well, except for this pesky red door.

We learn this red door is the only entrance and exit to the house, and Paul (Joel Edgerton) has the only set of keys. The door is to remain closed and locked at all times, for no one is allowed to go out at night. If one were to venture into the woods during the day, they'd have to do so in pairs. You know where this is going: The door is, at some point, going to remain (or get forcibly) opened, someone will catch this nasty plague, and someone will be roaming the woods alone. That's the horror of it, at least; it's how it's going to happen that's enticing.

Director, Trey Edward Shults, hot off his festival darling of a film, Krisha, is said to paint a picture that's being called "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." 

Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. also star. It Comes At Night hits theaters June 9.