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It Follows

  • 2014
  • R
  • 100min
  • 97%
  • 6.8 / 10

The plot of the movie focuses on a young female university student named Jay, played by Monroe, and her struggle to escape the pursuit of a malicious ghostly force that wants her dead. However, unlike a typical ghostly apparition, this force acts as a supernatural game of tag, killing one person after having seen an apparition, and moving on to the previous person that saw one and presumably had sex with the person. In this way, Jay also becomes concerned for her boyfriend Hugh's safety. He is the one that explains the dire situation to Jay, and sets the events of the movie into motion.

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The film focuses heavily on the sexual aspect of the characters and their relationships with one another, as well as a sexual nature to the ghostly entity itself. As stated, the movie leans heavily into the sexual aspects of its characters and lore in the fictional world, and so can be compared in some ways to other classic horror movies like Friday the 13th, which also place negativity on premarital sex and sexual promiscuity. Many aspects of It Follows harken back to classic horror genre hits, and even the design of the film's poster is very knowingly crafted as an ode to '60s and '70s horror and grindhouse films.

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It Follows is a 2015 horror movie written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. The film stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, and Daniel Zovatto. It was produced by Northern Lights Films and distributed by The Weinstein Company. Though it was released theatrically in 2015, the movie was initially premiered in 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival. Also worth noting is the movie's soundtrack being an original production by composer Richard Vreeland, known by his stage name Disasterpeace, who is well known in the video game industry for his work on games Fez and Hyperlight Drifter. All three soundtracks have a similar electronic synth tone to them, evoking '80s video games and cinema.