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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
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: 37 out of 76
  2. Negative: 33 out of 76
  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. Jan 16, 2015
    9
    This movie MUST get a wide distribution this spring. There are so many meager horror movies released nation-wide every year (picture aThis movie MUST get a wide distribution this spring. There are so many meager horror movies released nation-wide every year (picture a 20-something "possessed" female with arms bending back and milky eyes), and there are a few gems (The Guest, You're Next, A Terrible Way to Die) that cut through the morass. This is one of those gems. It's a beautifully shot, spare horror thriller with an amazing retro-analog synth score that keeps you tense and engaged throughout. The basic premise and "rules" simple-yet-brilliant and lead to some highly fresh and fun terror sequences. Maika Monroe, fresh off her solid role in The Guest, raises her game with a stellar performance. And every one of the supporting actors, the setting, and the "It" are all so authentically drawn, you leave the theater with a smile on your face. It might feel a touch long as the scenes before the finale are drawn out a bit, but that's my only real criticism. It's a must for horror fans and anyone looking for a genuine thrill. Expand
  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. Mar 31, 2015
    5
    After hearing nothing but great things about this and reading nothing but rave reviews, I decided to check this out and see for myself.After hearing nothing but great things about this and reading nothing but rave reviews, I decided to check this out and see for myself. Unfortunately, I found it to be highly overrated. It wasn't scary at all. The story was somewhat silly and the execution of it was even worse. Acting was meh. Hell the best thing about this movie was the highly techno soundtrack, and even that's not saying much. Overall, great concept, but really lackluster execution. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around what the critics were thinking on this one. I mean 95% on Rotten Tomatoes?! Seriously?!?! Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2015
    3
    Effective horror filmmaking wasted on a story with the rampant typical problem plaguing the genre these days: silly unexplained over-the-topEffective horror filmmaking wasted on a story with the rampant typical problem plaguing the genre these days: silly unexplained over-the-top supernatural ****
    It just doesn't fly, at least for anyone with an IQ over 100 let's say? Obviously this movie is in a way an homage to such modern classics as "Halloween" and "Friday The 13th", except
    those movies worked so well at the time because they were based in reality while still being about as scary as you could get. Homicidal maniacs exist, and however over-the-top those characters became in the sequels, at least originally the scenarios were possible.
    The story here is the typical half-baked script that would use as its argument that it is all metaphor and that it's really about the underlying themes. Sorry, that's never enough. First comes a good involving story that can stand on its own, then comes the hidden symbolism and the themes which should be left to interpretation by the viewer.
    Take "The Shining", a great Stephen King story first and foremost, then amplified by Kubrick's cinematic genius and open to myriad interpretations. Supernatural, but on one level you could look at it simply as a man with cabin fever.
    "It Follows" suffers from a murky not fully realized premise to begin with leaving the experience an empty, unbelievable exercise in technique. Also to note, it is one of the few major theatrical releases in about the last ten years whose image was obviously shot on video. With almost all movies now you cannot tell the difference.
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  6. Mar 28, 2015
    1
    It Follows is an awful movie. Review after review proclaim this movie as the best horror film in years. I viewed this movie with my teenageIt Follows is an awful movie. Review after review proclaim this movie as the best horror film in years. I viewed this movie with my teenage son and we were both underwhelmed to say the least. Nothing even close to being scary in this movie from beginning to end. I read all of the reviews and fell hook,line,and sinker. I HAD to see this movie. It Follows was the"gamechanger", an experience that would haunt you for days after. What a joke. The only thing I'm haunted by is wasting 25 dollars and 2 hours of my time on this crappy movie. Should have went straight to dvd. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

    That being said, It Follows is an absolutely God-awful film. Decent production value makes it more depressing, and basically adds insult to injury. This movie fails at in-your-face horror and psychological horror. It is not scary at all, and would be better if marketed as a sex ed film. It uses nothing that even resembles logic. The one part that really stuck out to me, making me realize that this may well be the single worst movie that I have ever seen was the beach scene when "it" grabs Jay's hair and sits there until her friends can hit it rather than just killing her. In classic cheeseball fashion, she escapes. That and the monster DRYHUMPS PEOPLE TO DEATH. DEATH BY DRYHUMPING. HOW STUPID IS THAT? It Follows takes the horror movie cliché of people dying after they pork and make it where they die because they pork. This is just a short review, I could go on and on about how bad this movie is. A legitinately horrible movie, I created a Metacritic account to try to prevent others from wasting their money on this **** as I did. You have been warned, this is an absolutely AWFUL movie. It isn't even in the realm of so bad it's good. It is just plain bad. Not the least bit scary or even mildly entertaining as a film, please do not waste your money seeing this. Hell, don't watch it if you can for free. Save 100 minutes of your life.
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