It Comes At Night

As the world is threatened by an unknown force, a man secures his home with his wife and child, but his whole system is threatened with a young family arrives seeking safety.  

  • Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott
  • Director(s): Trey Edward Shults
  • Producer(s): David Kaplan, Andrea Roa
  • Screenwriter(s): Trey Edward Shults
  • Distributor: A24
  • Animal Coordinator: William Berloni Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, June 09, 2017
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the family has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scene where the boy walks into his room and pets his dog on the bed, prior to shooting the scene the trainer walked the dog down the hall from holding to the bedroom set. The actor was lying on blanket at the foot of the bed. The trainer massaged the dog to relax and settled him in on his side with his head down. They shot the scene with the trainer off-camera.

In the scene where the actor holds the dog by the collar in front of the closed door and the dog barks, prior to filming the scene, the trainers brought their dogs from the air conditioned SUV to an air conditioned tent in the front yard of the location house. Trainers showed the actors how to handle the dogs. The trainer placed the dog with the teen actor in front of the door. Trainer was off-camera cuing the dog to bark.

When the man walks into the chicken coop with a goat, trainers carried the goats to the exterior set.  They gave the two goats some hay to eat, which kept them happy on their marks in the trailer. He additionally gave chickens water and hay in their cage. They shot the scene and returned the animals to their trailers.

In the scene when the dog is lying on the ground, injured, in a pool of blood, the dog was placed on a platform in the living room set. Trainers and the makeup artist applied coconut oil to his back to mess it up. The trainer then placed him on his side in a stay position. The props person applied two kinds of movie blood, one to his fur and a pool of thicker blood on the floor. Just prior to filming the dog stayed on his left side with the trainer hand signaling him to stay.  Playing dead is a previously trained behavior for the

Due to late notification, American Humane Association did not monitor some of the dog ction.