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It Follows

Thriller . Horror . Mystery

For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horror that seems to be only a few steps behind.

Actors: Maika Monroe , Keir Gilchrist , Olivia Luccardi , Lili Sepe , Bailey Spry , Jake Weary , Debbie Williams , Carollette Phillips , Loren Bass , Daniel Zovatto
Directors: David Robert Mitchell
Country: USA
Release: 2015-03-27
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  • Tim Robey

    Despite borrowing cleverly from the best, It Follows still manages to feel like no other example in recent years - tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    No matter its conceptual intentions, It Follows never ventures too far from visceral horror. Mitchell populates a number of scenes with well-timed jump scares as the being frequently bursts out of the shadows or appears in unexpected forms, while the score provides a screaming punctuation mark.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Creepy, suspenseful and sustained, this skillfully made lo-fi horror movie plays knowingly with genre tropes and yet never winks at the audience, giving it a refreshing face-value earnestness that makes it all the more gripping.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    It Follows worked like gangbusters as an exercise in atmosphere and allusion, but a little less so as an out-and-out supernatural horror, and only at certain times did it achieve a perfect synthesis of the two.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    At its best, the film has moments that are creepy and that work on some strange primal level.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It Follows is remarkably effective for most of its running time, ratcheting up the tension, then stinging the audience periodically with one of those jolts that sends everyone levitating a couple inches above their seats. But the excitement wears off after a point.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Fans of early John Carpenter will immediately identify the master’s influence — on the voyeuristic slink of the camera, the synth pulse of Rich Vreeland’s throwback score, and the transformation of “safe,” warmly lit residential environments into landscapes of dread.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Mitchell brings off some sensational setpieces of fear and suspense. I can’t remember when I was last so royally freaked out in the cinema.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Craig Williams

    Its thematic textures run deep, but the picture retains real visceral force.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    A horror film that will haunt your waking hours for weeks. Every frame of It Follows is stamped with nameless dread.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    It’s impossible adequately to describe the haunting intensity of It Follows: this is a film that makes a virtue of silence, that lives in the shadowy spaces between the splattery kill scenes that punctuate your average stalk-and-slasher.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    A dizzyingly tense and creepy workout.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's terrific. It's about many things, but dread infuses them all. You won't be grossed out. You'll be creeped out. And that's a lot more satisfying.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    [A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    It Follows recycles familiar teenage horror tropes — a girl alone in a house, evil forces banging on a door — but its mood is dreamy. Seldom do you feel manipulated by exploitative formulas. The violence, when it comes, is sudden, and the camera doesn’t linger over the gore.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It Follows pretty much earns its buzz as the scariest and best-engineered American horror movie of recent years, and that’s all down to Mitchell’s sophisticated understanding of technique and the trust and freedom he accords his youthful cast. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Mitchell’s deft handling of the relationships in It Follows gets threaded into an ingenious and exceedingly skillful creepshow.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It Follows doesn't try to get viewers to jump out of their seats. Instead, employing the time-honored technique of the "slow build", it pressures fingernails to dig into arm rests.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A masterfully creepy and beautifully turned variation on the teen horror formula.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It Follows sticks to you — yes, even outside of the theater — with a grim unshakability that is at once stylish, smart and deadly serious.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Low-budget, sure of itself, and creepy as hell, the film actually scores quite low on the gore meter. Like the best nightmares, though, it proves nearly impossible to shake.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    No, what's most disquieting about It Follows is the way it presents sex as neither abnormal, nor beneficial. Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    From the opening moments, the one thing clear about It Follows is that it will not follow in everyone else's footsteps.

    NPR Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It Follows has an impressively sustained sense of dread, less explicit gore than measured tension. Mitchell slyly inverts the conventions of dead-meat teenager flicks, although not with wink-wink comedy like the Scream series. This movie is serious about creeping out viewers, and Mitchell is just artistic enough about it to create a minor masterpiece.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This is a film that could -- and should -- catch on. Just be careful nobody follows you home from the theater.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    It’s an undeniable triumph of mood — perfect for anyone who wants to practice clenching their fists for nearly 100 straight minutes — as well as an ambitious effort at reinventing horror by eschewing the genre’s common tricks.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A first-rate horror movie, It Follows adds a new monster to the pantheon expect pranksters to imitate the Follower for cheap shocks soon — and has a refreshing, unpretentious sense that a meaningful subtext doesn’t undercut spookiness.

    Empire Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    It is filled with unsettling imagery and a paranoiac atmosphere, and has a wicked slant on the horror genre’s obsession with burgeoning sexuality. You’re not likely to shake it anytime soon.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Without a more coherent perspective, the movie remains a collection of genuinely scary scenes and not much more.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    The mood is somber, ominous and increasingly suspenseful throughout (despite an awkwardly handled final showdown), goosed along by an intense John Carpenter-esque electronic music score.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Mitchell has his own twisted gift for letting atmosphere help define character. It Follows creeps you out big-time in that cool way that freezes the blood.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Unlike many working in this genre, Mitchell doesn’t punish young women for having sex: This is a gender-blind demonic delivery vehicle.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Though visionary, David Robert Mitchell's film abounds in undigested ideas and dubious sexual politics.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    I happen to prefer the extreme unslackness of “Halloween,” and the resourceful pluck of Curtis, to the dreamier dread of Maika Monroe. Nonetheless, like her pursuers, It Follows won’t leave you alone.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A few genuinely (and literally) hair-raising moments, a few knowing winks and a lot to think about lift It Follows above the horror pack.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It Follows finally loses track of itself in a silly climax. All the same, it’s one more stylish reminder of how readily we the people can be creeped out.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Mitchell's unwillingness to define the parameters of the specter haunting Jay leads to a finale that's muddled and confusing, and definitely not scary.

    Village Voice Full Review
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