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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: 48 out of 95
  2. Negative: 39 out of 95
  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 15, 2015
    8
    I don't understand negative criticism towards this film, especially in the imdb crowd. This one of the most scariest films I've seen in aI don't understand negative criticism towards this film, especially in the imdb crowd. This one of the most scariest films I've seen in a while with a simple but effect premise. I place it up there with Oculus and The Babadook. Great camera work, effect atmosphere, likeable characters(shocking!) and the score, wow, Disaterpiece did a great job with the soundtrack which elevated the most intense scenes in the film and help build the suspense and it explores a lot of themes that I think teenagers can relate with when it comes to sex. I say the film can be a tad long but it doesn't overall hinder it, go check it out when you can. 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. Mar 28, 2015
    2
    Story was clearly not a priority here. I gave it a 2 in recognition of a few fun moments and artful nods to some classic 80s horror staples.Story was clearly not a priority here. I gave it a 2 in recognition of a few fun moments and artful nods to some classic 80s horror staples.

    Scariest part: shameless propogation/use of the myth that sex kills.

    I have no idea why so many critics have gone on record saying this film is haunting, chilling, terrifying, etc. Their opinions about the film are much more haunting to me than anything in the film (except maybe all that stuff about evil, scary, deadly sex.)

    But dinner before the movie was great. Really good mac and cheese! And my husband and I had a fun date. So all was not lost. Still, here's hoping for a movie with a real story for our next movie date!
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  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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