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It Follows (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.

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After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. (C) Radius-TWC
Rating:
R (for disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language)
Genre:
Horror
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Box Office:
$10,705,259.00
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Cast

Lili Sepe
as Kelly
Jake Weary
as Hugh/Jeff
Bailey Spry
as Annie
Debbie Williams
as Mrs. Height
Ruby Harris
as Mrs. Redmond
Leisa Pulido
as Mrs. Hannigan
Loren Bass
as Annie's Father
Linda Boston
as Teacher
Claire Sloma
as Greg's Date
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Critic Reviews for It Follows

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (45)

It Follows represents a compelling evolution in how studios and audiences can (and should) conceive of its monsters.

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

No question that the storytelling here is impressive; the story itself, however, is a bit thin.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

It's a testament to how scary a movie It Follows is that for days after watching it, you walk around thinking up survival plans - should you hide, stay on the move forever, pass the haunting on to someone else?

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

It's a wildly fun conceit ... Mitchell's atmospheric rendering of It Follows gives the film a fanciful, otherworldly feel.

Full Review… | April 1, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Good horror films rely on suspense and tension, and this one has both elements aplenty.

Full Review… | March 28, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

"It Follows" is the creepiest movie in years.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for It Follows

½

Horror, or fear perhaps, distilled. It doesn't take much. Take many of the known ideas about the genre and cut away the fat, that's all. Less equals more. "What in God's name does it want?" That's a question for later, buddy. Good stuff.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Too often with contemporary horror films we are subjected to a barrage of positive claims. Claims that the most recent one is the best for decades. It almost seems like audiences and critics are desperate for it to actually be the case, such is the lack of any true quality in a failing genre and the desperate demand to be spooked again. Sooner or later, though, one had to arrive where the positivity surrounding it would be genuine. Finally, we have It Follows: a film that can confidently stake it's claim to being that coveted frightener. After a sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe) is told that she will then be followed by a presence - someone or something - determined to kill her. The only way it'll stop is if she has another sexual encounter where she can pass it on. Initially, she's doubtful but soon enough the disturbing visions begin... If you're ever in any doubt that you're being stalked by a malevolent force of some kind, then it's probably best to steer clear of the old rumpy-pumpy. Going by the usual horror tropes, when someone butters the muffin it inevitably leads to their demise. And by that, director David Robert Mitchell cleverly bases his entire horror concept around that promiscuous premise. What works in It Follows' favour is it's homage to films of old - namely, John Carpenter's Halloween. If you consider Carpenter's depiction of Michael Myers, you'll notice that he works slowly and never in a rush to fulfil his murderous intent. That's very much like the entity in this; there's a self-assurance in it's unrelenting pursuit. The setting also takes place in a similar leafy suburban neighbourhood and our protagonist goes by the name of Jay (short for Jamie) - a direct tribute to Halloween's afflicted heroine, Jamie Lee Curtis. Even Rich Vreeland's scaled down music is very reminiscent of Carpenter's classic synthesised score. You could actually spend some time identifying the previous horrors that Mitchell riffs on but that would detract from his own work and his ability to put his own stamp on the proceedings. His decision to shoot with a sombre mood and deliberate pace adds to the overall foreboding atmosphere and allows us to effortlessly enter into any given moment. This works the same in identifying with the characters. Their plight and struggle is all the more involving because it feels like we are getting a glimpse into their lives. It also helps that the cast is headed by reliable, and relatively unknown, faces and as the characters are in their teens, the film works as both an urban-legend horror and a dark coming-of-age tale. Their progression to adulthood and their promiscuity also sets up a clever sub-text that courses through the film in terms of sexually transmitted diseases: a reminiscent 80's setting suggesting the AIDS epidemic, in particular, and channels the deadly nature of that disease as it's psychological device. Mitchell's real trump card, however, comes from his use of space and setting up his shots. The background plays a major part in the film as you never know at which moment "It" might make an appearance, leaving you to regularly scan the whole frame for any movement. There's an undoubted ambiguity to Mitchell's film and while some may balk at this I, personally, welcomed it as it added another thought provoking layer. It works on many levels. If you're so inclined, you can adopt a metaphorical approach to the proceedings and delve into it's deeper meanings. But then again, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, right? If your not the type of viewer that wishes to explore the metaphors and just want to be entertained then the film can still be enjoyed at face value and works as a chilling and effective horror yarn, nonetheless. With or without mastication. In only his second film (the first being The Myth of the American Sleepover in 2010) there's no denying David Robert Mitchell's commanding handling of events and his ability to stage a real sense of uneasiness. It's an impressive sophomore effort that has given the horror genre a much needed shot in the arm by delivering substantial terrors and retaining a sincerity in its delivery. Mark Walker

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

½

The horror genre has been on a downward slope for the past couple of decades, as remakes and sequels seem to flood the genre more than any other. Every now and then however, a little independent gem makes it's way into a few theatres and then becomes a loved hit on DVD. "It Follows" fits the ladder half of that description, being one of the creepiest pictures I have had the pleasure of viewing in a very, very long time. Make Monroe leads this film, and wow does she ever deliver a raw and true performance. She really makes the audience believe that things like this actually could happen "in someones mind." From the work of art that is the cinematography, to the amazingly eerie score that sent chills down my spine in almost every scene, "It Follows" has the rare suspense that you just cannot find in horror films today. I was genuinely creeped out during the broad daylight sequences, and that is saying something. Overall, the film could have been pure perfection if it wasn't for the open ending that I think was great, but left a little too much to be desired. In the end, "It Follows" is one of the best recent horror flicks you can find on the shelves today. Definitely recommend, especially to fans of the genre.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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