Q&A: Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults talks ‘It Comes at Night’
After surviving a night in the woods for an experiential screening (event recap, review) of Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore feature It Comes at Night, we sat down with him to discuss the very personal nature of the film, his approach to making such an atypical horror film, the very interesting backstory behind the house featured in the film, and much more.
It Comes at Night stars Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbot, Riley Keough, and impressive newcomer Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Travis.
A24 has delivered yet another unique, not-to-be-missed entry in the horror genre, and you can catch it in theaters next Friday, June 9, 2017. Read on for our spoiler free chat.
So, full confession, I’ve now seen this film twice; first at Overlook Film Festival and then again last night in the woods. I have to say, it’s really interesting, because I’ve picked up on different details this go ‘round, and it’s affected me differently. I feel like I still haven’t caught everything.
This film came together during a very dark time in your life. Between your dad’s passing and reading a lot of books on genocide, did you have nightmares like Travis in the film?
You can’t go through traumatic events like this and not have it bleed over into your subconscious in some way. Travis is not just your proxy, based on your life experiences, but also the audience proxy. He’s essentially the linchpin of the entire film; what was the most important part of the casting process for Travis?
Totally! You can’t go through what he did and no have it affect you. Now, that house. I know it took you forever to find that house, but what were you looking for specifically, other than a very creepy environment?
This house in the movie is really big, yet claustrophobic at the same time.
Your approach to the horror is very atypical. Can you speak more on how you took on the horror element in a very non-standard way?