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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: 61 out of 135
  2. Negative: 53 out of 135
  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. Jun 9, 2015
    9
    It Follows is a very good movie,which it doesn't rely on jump scares or other things that most horror movies this days are relying on andIt Follows is a very good movie,which it doesn't rely on jump scares or other things that most horror movies this days are relying on and naturally are failing.This pays so much tribute to older horror movies and does it great.The acting is good especially the main girl does a great job,the editing is great and the camera moves in a perfect style.The cinematography is awesome especially considering that is has such a low-budget.This really should have gotten a wide release everywhere because it's worthy.
    Unfortunately it's not what most people have said it is the scariest movie ever,that's not true,I mean it's scary at times but that's not what the overall movie is,it mostly has big tension build up perfectly and that's what makes the movie for me.I'm so glad it's rated R so we can enjoy a good and masterfully done 2015 horror movie.
    In the end I'll just say that this movie succeeded at what is was going for and that's more than enough to love this movie.
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  3. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    This one is one the best written and most suspenseful horror films i have seen in a long time. the charters are likeable and smart enough toThis one is one the best written and most suspenseful horror films i have seen in a long time. the charters are likeable and smart enough to want them to come out alive and the monster is a really terrifying concept and made better by the fact that it's almost impossible to get rid of or deceive. plus the play on horror tropes are excellent and the story raises some interesting questions in regard to what we would do in that situation. Maika Monroe gives a brilliant performance and the soundtrack is really heartpownding. between this, Sinister and The Babadook it looks like Horror films are being to be great again. 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 29, 2015
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After reading the reviews, my brother and I decided to go check this out earlier today and were both extremely disappointed. The movie just drags on for what seems like forever after an admittedly intriguing opening, only to devolve into shots that go on for way, WAY too long that focus on nothing of real significance, little is explained as to what "it" is, why "it" follows, why "it" is at times unable to open a door, which "it" then resorts to breaking windows, then is able to hurl large electronics into a swimming pool and take on a completely different level of physicality that makes you question what the hell it's actually capable of. That's how a lot of the movie is: something is vaguely eluded to and you think you know the 'rules', because as an audience, we're being told a story and we want to feel like we have a personal stake in the film, feel a little immersion, etcetera. But little to nothing is ever explained. Characters are just not interesting. Jay's sister seems to be there to be a shoulder to cry on in close ups when things "get crazy" and doesn't really have an arc to her story at all. There's another girl with glasses and a "shell phone" in the group that provides almost nothing other than famous quotes delivered in a monotonous, pretentious tone of voice during low points, just to keep it's floundering head above water in hopes that the audience will put up with just a little more punishment.

    There is some good here, though. The lead actress, Maika Monroe, is genuinely great. She's convincing when she needs to be and most importantly, does a fantastic job acting terrified, confused and worn down. The cinematography is beautiful, showcasing the various suburbs, beaches, vacant buildings, worn down houses and schools with some artistic flair, wide shots that are awesome to look at and the sound design is great as well.

    The score is alright, but songs are repeated to the point of ad nauseum and I think he's trying too hard to be John Carpenter. But to wrap this all up and to maybe paint a better picture of what I'm trying to say, let's talk about Halloween, a film I've seen some reviewers compare this to. You have the character of Michael Myers, who for the most part is a mute, slow-moving stalker of teens, much like the "it" of this film. The reason Michael works and this doesn't is because everything about him is laid out by Dr. Loomis. You have exposition to explain what he is, what makes him tick, he had a legitimate purpose and goal. Jason of the Friday the 13th movies is the same: we the audience know his motivation. Those movies aren't about the teens, they're about the monsters. But it's a monster we identify with. "It Follows" is like this: we like the 1980s, let's get some old televisions with classic monster movies on them, older cars for this never fully defined time period because what the hell, that's pretty cool. Get some teens having sex in here because that's what Craven and Carpenter and Romero would have done, right? But get this...what if I was so original as to come up with the idea that our "Michael Myers" is transmitted from kid to kid like an STD?! Except it isn't always the same guy and nobody can see him unless you have it. Oh, and nobody ever knows what it is and I'll never say because it's better for the audience to just come to their own conclusions about the scraps of information I've fed them, sparsely, over a 2 hour time span. I mean, Kubrick never had to explain "The Shining", right? I can be Kubrick.

    Guys..?
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  6. Apr 1, 2015
    2
    Guys. I eagerly anticipated this film. I was searching local showtimes just to experience this awesome experience of a fresh horror flick ofGuys. I eagerly anticipated this film. I was searching local showtimes just to experience this awesome experience of a fresh horror flick of 2015. It wasn't even close. Please do not believe they hype, nor the critics, perhaps you will enjoy the movie if you go in with extremely low expectations unlike the sky-high expectations I had going in (because of the rave critic reviews).

    I jumped once on a good old loud bang transition sound. I was checking my watch constantly to give the film a chance to scare me, when the final scene happened I literally didn't know what to do. I was shocked that the film finished and I felt it never reached a climax. I gave this a rating of 2 because the work that was put in behind the scenes (low budget effort, albeit crappy and overhyped).

    Go into the film expecting to be disappointed and maybe, just maybe you'll enjoy it. I wish the high reviews would just stop, it really isn't scary at all, or interesting or mysterious.
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  7. Jul 12, 2015
    0
    The trailer really grabbed my attention and I knew I had to rent this asap. During the first 15 minutes I was really into it, but little byThe trailer really grabbed my attention and I knew I had to rent this asap. During the first 15 minutes I was really into it, but little by little this movie went no where. You get NO explanation of what "it" is, which is incredibly annoying. Is this a demon? A sprit? You never find out.

    Next, the CGI is just awful. Took me right out of this film. You would think you could avoid the use of crappy CGI with the type of film this is.

    Another part of this movie that is total overkill is the nudity. There is a time and place for nudity, but this movie tries to be edgy with a slow walking naked chick peeing on herself. I am sorry, but it's not scary.

    I really tried to give the movie the benefit of the doubt, because the music/score is cool, but not even watching this movie home alone with the lights off could give me any good scare.
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