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Joel Edgerton & Christopher Abbott.Eric McNatt

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods. From Krisha director Trey Edward Shults comes a different kind of family drama.

Set in an unnamed postcatastrophe fear-state, the psychological horror film It Comes at Night stars Joel Edgerton as a father protecting his family against infectious disease and foragers in a remote summer home.

Although the panic is palpable, a lethal pragmatism and hypervigilance rule the characters' motives and grim actions. Mistrust abounds and hospitality and humanity are casualties. Scored intensely and photographed vividly, the electric film imagines a small slice of doomsday with horrific believability.

Topher Grace says the remote set of the military satire War Machine made for an intimate experience with the other actors. The Netflix film, starring Brad Pitt, starts streaming May 26.

The Canadian Press