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It Follows

6.81 h 40 min2015X-RayR
After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay becomes trapped by a vicious curse - "it" is following her, and the only way to save herself is to put others in harm's way.
David Robert Mitchell
Maika MonroeKeir GilchristDaniel Zovatto
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Olivia LuccardiJake WearyLili Sepe
Rebecca GreenLaura D. SmithDavid Robert MitchellDavid KaplanErik Rommesmo
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Maggie B.Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
One of my least favorite movies of all time
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This is one of the worst horror movies I’ve ever watched, and I’ve watched a LOT. Hell, it’s one of the worst movies, period, I’ve ever watched. It’s boring. It makes no sense. If “It” can be invisible, why tf does it even bother making itself visible? Why is it almost always naked people? Why does the one dude get straddled to death by “It” in the form of his mother?? WHY DOES EVERYONE LOVE THIS MOVIE??? These are the questions you’ll be left with after watching. Not to mention, I hate all the characters. They are all terrible. Which leads me to my most pressing question: WHY DOES THE SUPER ANNOYING FRIEND READ BOOKS ON A STUPID, TINY SEASHELL?? Ugh. Everything about this movie is baffling.
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G. ProutReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Horror Film
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I honestly wasn't expecting much with this movie but figured what the heck, its been a while since I tried a scary movie. But it did not disappoint.

I don't want to spoil anything so I won't disclose any of the plot. However, the movie is a great example of doing more with less ($$$). It didn't rely on excessive gore or quick thrills to make you jump out of your seat. Rather, "IT" used a slow and methodical approach that was much harder to ignore- at least for me.

I saw through the Amazon X-Ray feature that the idea behind IT was based on a recurring nightmare the Director had as a child. I had similar experiences in my sleep when I was a kid and this movie perfectly captured those feelings of helplessness and raw, primal fear.

I also liked that the movie wasn't full of moments where I could instantly pull myself out of the universe because a main character did something so totally cliche and obvious that I stop being afraid for them because I would never do that and I can't empathize with such obvious bad writing. There wasn't much of that in this film. At one point one character does charge into a home after IT breaks in to warn someone inside, and one character keeps falling asleep in painfully dangerous locations but I mean really how could you avoid that given the way IT stalks and kills you? The last time I saw a horror film where I wasn't constantly facepalming the protagonists naivety or stupidity was Alien, but this one had a protagonist who made pretty consistent logical decisions given the circumstances she found herself in. I can't tell you how much of a relief that is.

Ive never seen a horror film that I didn't have some complaints with at the end. Its just par for the course. But this one managed to get through that crucible without too much trouble and kept the story and plot rolling along just fine. I also loved the atmosphere that the movie was set in. I highly recommend It Follows to anyone looking for a really creepy movie.
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titania86Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A complex horror film with no firm answers
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* spoilers *

Jay Height is a college student in Michigan. The first date with her new boyfriend Hugh goes well, expect he seems freaked out by a girl he describes but Jay can't see. The second date, they have sex in Hugh's car. Jay feels wonderful about it, but Hugh knocks her out right afterwards. She wakes up still in her underwear tied to a wheelchair with Hugh rambling about someone who will follow her. A nude woman approaches her and Hugh seems satisfied, releasing her from her bonds and unceremoniously dumping her in front of her house. Jay reports the incident and tries to forget about it, but at night, someone breaks into her house, changes form, and chases her. She knows it's something more than the ravings of a madman and resolves to seek him out to get more answers.

It Follows is a complex horror film that made a big splash last year when it was released into mainstream theaters. Its strengths are its unique world and the varied subjective meanings of the film. The world it builds is a combination of modern and retro. Brand new cars are seen everywhere, but Jay's friend Greg drives an 80's style station wagon that they drive around for most of the film. Jay's house seems stuck in the 70's with its dated style, old horror and sci-fi TV shows and movies on their very old fashioned black and white TV. The synthesized score created by Disasterpeace calls to mind past soundtracks like John Carpenter's Halloween and Charles Bernstein's Nightmare on Elm Street. All of this coupled with the artfully filmed Detroit backdrop makes for a film that creates its own time, similar to the Bates Motel television show.

Many people have speculated at the meaning of the film and the Follower. The ones that dismiss it as the fear of sex or sexually transmitted diseases is simplistic and not looking at the whole picture. I think it's much more than that. Jay is 19 years old, not a high school student. She would be at least a few years younger and a virgin if it had been merely about fear in and punishment of having sex. Jay was building a relationship with Hugh (which wasn't even his real name). They got to know each other over a couple of dates and she chose to be intimate with him on their second date. Immediately afterwards, he assaults her, ties her to a wheelchair still in her underwear, and tells her about the Follower, a person who will slowly walk towards her in the guise of anyone. He tells her it isn't stupid and it will keep following forever unless she passes it on to someone else in the same way it passed it to her.

I interpret the Follower to be all of the consequences of sex. On the surface, it's pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, but it's also other people's opinions and judgments. It's trusting that the other person is genuine in their intentions and being as close to them as you can possibly be. It's accepting that entering a long term relationship with someone is also assuming all of their baggage as well. The Follower takes many forms as the consequences do. Sometimes it takes on the form of loved ones because the closest people to you have the ability to hurt you the most. Jay is affected by the consequences more seriously than others because they tend to be more serious for women in our society. A woman's value is still tied to her sex life and public opinion about it whether perception matches her actions or not. Men don't have these same perceptions to combat. This is why "Hugh" has to build part of a relationship with Jay to have sex with her while Jay can just hop on a boat and presumably have sex with little to no speaking. Even when Greg is very flippant about the consequences, the Follower still kills him as it also presumably kills the men on the boat. The Follower is always there and always advancing to show that no one is exempt from these consequences.

Throughout the film, characters reminisce over being a child. During the game they play at the theater, "Hugh" wants to be a little boy with a whole future ahead of him. Paul, Jay's friend, reminisces over sexual exploration in his childhood. This particular incident is when he and Jay found porn magazines in the street and looked at them only to be caught by their horrified parents. They are remembering when they didn't have to deal with more than disappointed or freaked out parents. Now, their parents are absent because they are growing up. Their parents have other stuff to deal with and honestly can't really help them with these issues. Their parents can't change all of these consequences they are subject to. Paul also reminisces over first kisses that didn't really mean anything to him as a child, but he's obviously in love with Jay now. The same kisses mean something a lot different as adults. Growing up is a bit part of the film. All the main characters are college aged and they need to navigate their new found adulthood on their own.

Many complain that the Follower and its rules are inconsistent. At the beginning, a young woman is running away from it, but gives up and sits by the beach. She is found with her leg grotesquely bent backwards, almost severed from her body. Later on, it kills Greg in an entirely different, bloodless fashion. Tons of things are passed around by word of mouth with varying degrees of accuracy. For instance, even as adults, myths abound about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases abound. Misinformation is everywhere, so of course not all the information being passed to Jay by "Hugh" is not going to be completely accurate. He is reporting his own findings based on his experience. The consequences of sex are different for each person, so why would they be the same in the form of the Follower?

The ending of the film has Jay and her friends trying to kill the Follower by luring it into a pool and electrocuting it. It of course doesn't go to well as the Follower isn't stupid. It appears to be dead as the pool fills with blood after Paul shoots it. Jay and Paul have sex and are seen walking down the street hand in hand, implying a new relationship. Someone follows them from behind, but they don't even look back. If you're obsessed with all these negative consequences, it's consumes your life. Jay wouldn't even leave the house and couldn't lead a normal life when she was obsessed with it. Now, she has someone by her side that makes the consequences matter less. The Follower and what it represents are still there and will always be there, but for now, it doesn't matter. It doesn't bode well that Paul was obviously in love with her for a while and Jay was resistant to a relationship, but the last impression we are left with is happiness.

It Follows is an interesting horror film that's completely open to interpretation. If you have a different take, I would love to hear it. The filmmakers purposefully didn't give an definitive answers because they want it left that way and I appreciate that. It Follows is largely successful because of Maika Monroe as Jay. Her emotion onscreen is amazing and she kept me on her side the whole film, even when doing morally questionable things to stave off death. I highly recommend It Follows, but it's not for everyone.
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Raymond jrReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not my type of horror movie.
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The movie itself as a whole needs some work. And the only good part was the beginning of the film which leaves your mind to fill in the blanks, which is way more scary then the whole movie. It's so boring the rest of the way in. And the one thing is that they showed us the entity instead of leaving us to our imaginations. Hereditary and midsommar are way better horror movie because they keep you on the edge from start to finish. While this left me wanting to forget it.
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cinephiliagalReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
creepy psychological horror, not cheap shocks/splatter/gore - very well done
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It Follows, in addition to stabbing that popular "sexually active teens will die" horror trope in the back and twisting the knife, takes itself seriously and -- dare I say it? -- produces a taut, compact, and artful horror movie. Finally! a real horror movie that relies on suspense, fear, and psychological horror, not just gore, splatter, torture, and/or cheap shock value. Be still my beating heart.

It Follows refuses to move quickly (hey, all those kids with the attention span of a gnat who fell asleep in the first 20 minutes? yeah, this wasn't made for them. at all. thank GOD.). The camera work is positively contemplative in places, but it is the frightening contemplation of the danger and horror following the protagonist, so the audience is looking over the protagonist's shoulder even when she herself isn't actually doing so. Maybe more.

So what I love most about this movie is probably what others disliked most: it is not all whiz-bang millesecond-shot superfast edits and extreme close-ups. I don't think there was a single rack focus, either, something which used to be very noir, if somewhat melodramatic, until it became insanely overused. Using wide shots with deep focus forces the audience to pay attention, to look for the anomalous (or not so anomalous) in the background while in the foreground the protagonist and friends pause, regroup, discuss, plan.

If you're not paying close attention -- if it telegraphed the fright with rack focus -- I don't think you'd be as effectively scared. But I think what I love best about It Follows -- aside from the text and the subtext -- is that the camera work and editing harken back to both the first truly scary and horrifying horror movie (well, scifi/horror movie) that I ever saw, and the next one that truly terrified me (after watching countless trashy horror movies in between): Alien, and The Shining.

Yeah, yeah. I know both Alien and The Shining are 40+ years old. Still, I defy you to watch either of them on a big screen in a real movie theater, at some revival or anniversary screening, and NOT be scared shizzleless. The slow dollies, pans, trucking through tight as well as open spaces where the horror -- which you don't even get a good look at, mostly -- might be hiding, just ratchet up the suspense. And It Follows does the same thing _extremely_ well.

I don't think that It Follows intends to be an homage to Alien or The Shining, by any means. And though thematically it calls to mind some of the body horror of David Cronenberg's filmography, It Follows is in it's own unique world. It Follows nevertheless uses the same visual techniques of Alien and to a certain extent The Shining to create a truly scary horror movie with little to no blood and gore. It's NOT a snobby art-house horror film -- it is a very artful horror movie, a crucial difference.

As in Alien, It Follows' long takes, slow pans, deep focus shots, the trucking shots -- especially in the different spaces, from wide open in parks, wilderness, beaches, pools, to enclosed in school halls, claustrophobic suburban homes, in abandoned urban homes -- they remind me very much of Alien, as does the simplified sound track. Visual space and silence can be very, almost unbearably, suspenseful, if used correctly -- and It Follows, like Alien, uses both very effectively.

The other movie that It Follows reminded me of in certain aspects is John Carpenter's remake of The Thing. Since the psychological aspects of the horror in It Follows could be revealed in spoiler-y ways if I described its similarities to Carpenter's The Thing, I won't detail them here.

If you need whizbang fast camera moves and edits, melodramatic or over-the-top acting, torture stuff like the Saw movies, and/or stupid overusued horror tropes, then It Follows is not your horror movie.

But if you have despaired over the last couple decades of horror movies, wondering if truly scary horror films will ever be made again -- you should give It Follows a shot. The text of the film sounds trope-y, but there is an ethical heart beating in the subtext that becomes the textual conflict in a way I don't think I've seen in a horror movie before.

And if you find movies like the original Alien and The Thing remake to be scarier than any amount of monsters, blood and/or gore (The Shining notwithstanding), you have a very good chance of getting wrapped up in It Follows and experiencing suspenseful psychological horror that is seldom seen these days.

Okay, I'm going to go watch It Follows again. Because I bought it. Because I just know there will be things I notice on subsequent viewings that I didn't catch the first time I watched it. And, to me, that's the best kind of horror movie of all.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Masterful blend of 70s/80s horror nostalgia while creating an iconic new monster
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Really well-done horror film, a masterful balance of call backs to the classic horror films, especially those from the 1970s and 1980s, while saying something new and creating something likely to be a new classic. This film manages to create a terrifying menace, one with just vague enough mythos behind it (and symbolism attached to it) to encourage fan speculation and fire the imagination while being concrete and vivid enough to have something to really latch on to (unlike say the ghosts in many horror films, or generic like zombies, which as scary and entertaining as they can be aren’t singularly iconic).

The film centers on Jay Height (played by Maika Monroe), a young college student in the Detroit area going to Oakland University. She goes on a date with a guy and after they have consensual and apparently enjoyable sex, the guy, Hugh, drugs her. Jay wakes up tied to a chair still in her underwear and Hugh, nervously looking around, explains to Jay the new Rules, that there is a relentless killer after her now, always walking, its physical form will change but will always be a person, sometimes someone she knows, often not, who will be after her forever. She can get in a car and go somewhere, but the killer will always find her and the killer gets to her, she dies. Only Jay can see it unless she passes the curse on to someone else by having sex (and then they both can see it). If that person dies, then the killer goes after the next person in the line (which would be her) and then the next (Hugh). Oh and only she can see it, I can’t emphasize that enough. Good luck!

Dumping Jay unceremoniously in her front yard still in her underwear before driving off, Jay’s sister Kelly, her two friends Paul and Yara, and Jay’s and Kelly’s neighbor Greg rush to help her, first disbelievingly and largely because they think she was raped, but later because scary weird story or not, their sister/friend needs their help.

The film has very few adults, almost none really, focusing on how a group of teens (maybe Greg is in his twenties, I don’t know, but I think Jay is 19 and if not the oldest the next oldest). They track down Hugh, try to research how to help Jay, and formulate various plans to protect Jay and defeat a creature only Jay can see (but as we find out, can definitely harm the others).

Great tension, it had me constantly scanning any crowd for a slowly approaching figure, recognizable somehow every time from a distance despite the fact it could look like anyone, young or old, man or woman, dressed or nude (ok nude was a giveaway), familiar or a complete stranger. Like a Terminator, it simply would not stop. You could best it temporarily, maybe, but it would always relentless track down and approach Jay no matter what, as driving away could buy time but only so much. It didn’t have an axe or a chainsaw or giant wolverine claws, just a methodical dead eyed stare right at Jay, silently walking, arms at its side, always approaching. If it got to her, as established in the prologue of the film, Jay would die a gruesome and painful death.

The movie was set today, as one character has some sort of tablet ereader and I saw at least one cell phone being used and there are modern cars, but it also felt a lot like the 1970s and 1980s. Overall cell phone use was very rare, no one was on social media, one of the characters drives a 1980s style station wagon we see a lot in the film, Jay’s and Kelly’s house interior looks like it could be in the 1970s with its décor, and in the film old black and white monster movies are often on the TV. The music is mostly synthesizer music and would not at all be out of place in a 1980s Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween movie.

I liked the movie. Good tension, good action, I liked the use of the southern Michigan/Detroit setting (not just window dressing), the teens seemed smart and capable and didn’t make obvious bad decisions (except when it came to sex, even well into the film when all the characters know the Rules), and I liked how they fought back hard against the monster. It seemed both a love letter to the past (even a scene where people look at old Playboys of a sort, or at least magazines clearly meant to be Playboys) but also established a new horror, that wasn’t just wallowing in nostalgia but a new terror that I am still thinking about. And yes, as discussed in other reviews, the whole concept of the film is just filled with symbolism about sex, sexually transmitted diseases, how women are viewed, and related topics ripe for discussion. Oh and though there is a good bit of implied sex occasionally the monster was nude there wasn't really any graphic nudity. Even the Playboy stand ins I don't remember had any nudity.
Joy MelenaReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Favorite Horror Film! (**some very vague spoilers**)
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Besides the original IT film that came out a few decades ago, no horror movie has ever really disturbed me. The script, the cinematography, a character or some other element of any given horror film always ends up distracting me or driving me crazy. If I can't empathize with the main characters and I don't find their behavior believable or relatable, I can't get into the movie. Too much gore turns me off. And all too often in horror films, there's no arc, no character development.

This film has everything most films lack. ALL the actors were perfect. "Jay" was amazing. I felt like she was my best friend in high school. She reminded me of several of mine. Her friends were wonderful, from the childhood friend Paul who yearns for her, to her friend who loves to read from some strange clamshell device. The relationship between the sisters was great. I only have a brother, but their relationship was so much like all my friends who had sisters.

I found this movie to be so creepy and disturbing from the very first mention of the girl in the yellow dress. The trauma, unrelenting fear, and hopelessness experienced by Jay was brilliantly shown. The scene of her standing in her bathroom pulling her underwear away from her belly and just examining herself, it really makes you understand just how violated she must feel, almost as if she's a stranger to herself now.

The Follower, my god. I can't think of a more disturbing entity besides Pennywise. I guess it makes sense that IT and It Follows are the two scariest movies to me. There are a lot of similarities. In IT, Pennywise takes on the form of whatever a person fears the most. Pennywise also kind of stalks his prey, making them more and more afraid while he drinks up their fear and savors every delicious ounce of it. The Follower takes on many different forms, from strangers to family members. It was heartbreaking to see Jay's reaction to who the Follower was at the pool (her father, whom I assume had died sometime during her adolescence.) Whichever form the Follower takes, it's the one that's going to allow it to gain access to her easiest and/or inflict the most damage. Two that really disturbed me were the chick in the kitchen with one tit hanging out, urinating on herself as she's walking towards Jay, and the naked man on Jay's roof. How long had he been there? Makes you think he was just standing there waiting and prolonging her suffering, because it seems he could have entered her house at any point.

The musical score is the BEST BEST BEST. Gave me that same 80s nostalgia that I felt watching Thor Ragnarok and Stranger Things. Also has that same campy, hidden gem vibe as the original Twin Peaks, which is still one of my absolute favorite things ever.

This is legit an amazing film. Was not disappointed with this purchase and have probably watched this film 6 times in the last year since I purchased it. Would recommend this movie to ANYONE who loves horror/suspense.
Jessica BrownReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
A joke of a horror movie
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So many friends and reviews said how great this movie is. I do not get it at all. Super interesting concept but so horribly done.
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