It Follows

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 558 Ratings

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  • Summary: For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden,For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and 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 horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Mar 11, 2015
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Feb 23, 2015
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mar 12, 2015
    90
    [A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 26, 2015
    83
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Feb 23, 2015
    80
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Mar 19, 2015
    75
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Mar 10, 2015
    60
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 149
  2. Negative: 57 out of 149
  1. Mar 14, 2015
    10
    Wow

    This really should get a wide distribution (which, sadly, The Guest, with the same lead actress, did not get) - this is a modern
    Wow

    This really should get a wide distribution (which, sadly, The Guest, with the same lead actress, did not get) - this is a modern classic of a horror movie. Not so much a horror movie (though a few scenes were indeed quite chilling) but more psychological thriller
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  2. Apr 10, 2015
    9
    A sense of uneasiness looms over the whole movie. Throughout the whole movie, you can't place when it is taking place. There is a lack ofA sense of uneasiness looms over the whole movie. Throughout the whole movie, you can't place when it is taking place. There is a lack of people outside of the main characters for the majority of scenes. Due to all this you can't quite get comfortable with the movie which I believe is the very intention. The filmmaker said that was inspired by dreams (or I should say nightmares) that he had and just like many other reviewers I believe this movie has a very dream like quality.

    It is a must see.
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  3. Mar 16, 2015
    8
    Slow at times, but the scary parts really do pay off. This film has a very simple concept when it comes to the monster, however it really doesSlow at times, but the scary parts really do pay off. This film has a very simple concept when it comes to the monster, however it really does a great job in building the tension. This film takes a lot of elements from A Nightmare on Elm Street. For example, you'll see a female lead struggling to sleep through fear, you'll see skin bruises caused by an invisible monster, you'll see a group of teenagers dealing with the monster, while none of the parents appear to be involved, also they take a scene straight out of the movie when the female lead tries to call her friend (who happens to look a little like Johnny Depp) across the street through her bedroom window at nighttime to warn him about the monster before he dies in his bedroom... There are still a ton of original ideas in this film, but this just stood out while I watched the film. Really good film, but I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece. Still way better than all the other crap horror films that come out annually. Expand
  4. May 11, 2015
    6
    This film does not deserve a 0 or a 1 at all, it's a good film. I'd recommend giving it a watch as the idea of this is really scary. ThereThis film does not deserve a 0 or a 1 at all, it's a good film. I'd recommend giving it a watch as the idea of this is really scary. There were a few cheesy moments but it's a horror film and it's to be expected.
    6/10 from me, good stuff.
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  5. Mar 15, 2015
    3
    After seeing its sky-high metascore, I eagerly grabbed a ticket for this, and it was quite a letdown.

    Pros: Dialogue and acting were
    After seeing its sky-high metascore, I eagerly grabbed a ticket for this, and it was quite a letdown.

    Pros: Dialogue and acting were decent, and the aethetics were often very beautiful.

    Cons: Wasn't scared a single time. No nifty twists, too much filler, didn't care about the characters.
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  6. Jun 29, 2015
    2
    I didn't like this movie too much. It was slow-paced, and only the idea of it was creepy. The actual performance didn't give me the frightsI didn't like this movie too much. It was slow-paced, and only the idea of it was creepy. The actual performance didn't give me the frights The Exorcist or The Conjuring would give me because throughout the movie it was just seeing the thing and running. On top of that, the cinematography was a bit dull, but I think that's just me who didn't like that effect. It had some clichés as well, such as the 'guy who doesn't believe in it will eventually die from it'.
    Although, despite the realistic teenage look the movie was going for, I would have liked for it to show a bit of history on the topic and them trying to figure out the problem like other movies such as The Nightmare On Elm Street.
    Because even though it was realistic and how it would have been handled IRL, I would have liked to know some personal information behind it all rather than it being very vague and confusing and ending abruptly.
    That's just my opinion, you could give it a shot but it wasn't that great for me.
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  7. Jul 20, 2015
    0
    this movie is just horrible. i wonder if the cast or people involved in this crappy movie are the ones posting the "rave" reviews. i was sothis movie is just horrible. i wonder if the cast or people involved in this crappy movie are the ones posting the "rave" reviews. i was so disappointed i wanted to sue. i wasted 2 hours of my life on this horrible garbage. Expand

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