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6.8
/10
3,411 Ratings

It Follows

Directed by David Robert Mitchell
United States, 2014
Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

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.

Our take

David Robert Mitchell might take a healthy amount of influence from past masters, but he brings a singularly modern touch to acutely portraying the terrors of high school. This excavation of trauma as experienced by American suburban youth is one of the finest, most frightening films of the 2000s.

It Follows Directed by David Robert Mitchell

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Original Score or Soundtrack

National Board of Review

2015 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

It Follows is a little bit Repulsion, a lot Halloween, and some weird J-horror thrown in, and the synthesis of all of the above is remarkably cohesive, reviving the vibe of 80s VHS slumber parties while still being unmistakably of its own millennial moment… The camera movements and haunted small town may evoke De Palma and Carpenter, but the most shocking thing about it is its sensitivity.
October 26, 2017
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Mitchell exploits his brilliantly simple premise—a supernatural spin on that irrational feeling that someone is right behind you, getting closer with every step—through the kind of formal ingenuity that never goes out of style, using offscreen and background space to score big scares. It Follows may be brand new, but it works in the primal manner of something much older, like a revered Halloween staple or an urban legend passed down through the ages.
October 26, 2015
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A tense and incredibly scary horror movie that also works as an exploration of the film image itself. The idea of a demon that finds and walks towards you in a straight line — often, as shot by director David Robert Mitchell, from the very depths of the frame — is unnerving, yes, but it also sets the mind on fire: You start to watch everything and everybody with suspicion.
July 23, 2015
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