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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: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Feb 23, 2015
    100
    A horror film that will haunt your waking hours for weeks. Every frame of It Follows is stamped with nameless dread.
  2. Reviewed by: Craig Williams
    Feb 26, 2015
    100
    Its thematic textures run deep, but the picture retains real visceral force.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 3, 2015
    100
    Mitchell brings off some sensational setpieces of fear and suspense. I can’t remember when I was last so royally freaked out in the cinema.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 24, 2014
    83
    No matter its conceptual intentions, It Follows never ventures too far from visceral horror. Mitchell populates a number of scenes with well-timed jump scares as the being frequently bursts out of the shadows or appears in unexpected forms, while the score provides a screaming punctuation mark.
  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: David Rooney
    May 23, 2014
    80
    Creepy, suspenseful and sustained, this skillfully made lo-fi horror movie plays knowingly with genre tropes and yet never winks at the audience, giving it a refreshing face-value earnestness that makes it all the more gripping.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 29, 2014
    70
    It Follows is remarkably effective for most of its running time, ratcheting up the tension, then stinging the audience periodically with one of those jolts that sends everyone levitating a couple inches above their seats. But the excitement wears off after a point.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. 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

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