Writer-director David Robert Mitchell upends the world he explored in his debut feature, The Myth of the American Sleepover, with a truly terrifying horror movie whose ingenious premise puts a new spin on the genre’s perennial linkage of sex and death. As high-school senior Jay, who goes on a date with no idea of what’s in store for her, actress Maika Monroe freaks out with the best of them. But Jay is no Final Girl—on the contrary, she’s destined to be the first in line for the terrible fate that awaits any number of predecessors, at the hands of an uncanny and implacable Pac-Man-like evil force. As with many modern horror movies, It Follows delivers a subtextual payload of adolescent sexual dread, but Mitchell handles his material with sophistication, restraint, and a sense a mood and timing that all bring to mind John Carpenter’s masterpiece Halloween. A RADiUS-TWC release.
Film Comment Selects 2015
Sundance Film Festival 2015
Cannes Film Festival 2014
“One of the most striking American indie horror films in years.” —Matt Singer, The Dissolve
“Nothing short of brilliant…. It Follows had me spellbound from start to finish.” —Mike Pereira, Bloody Disgusting