Unlike some of the staff around here who shall remain nameless (I’ll just say that his/her name starts with a T and ends in a Revor) and who were too afraid to attend our recent screenings for Annabelle and Jessabelle, I don’t have a problem with horror movies. Actually, that’s not right. I do have a problem, and the problem is that I very rarely find them scary. I’m always on the lookout though for something that will scare the living daylights out of me and 2014 has apparently produced two contenders: One is The Babadook, which I’ve been itching to watch ever since it racked up tons of critical praise earlier in the year, and now there’s also It Follows, described by /Film‘s Germain Lussier as “one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen.”
Director David Robert Mitchell’s lo-fi horror flick boasts a simple but unique twist on the old “cursed girl who needs to pass the hex on” genre, as it follows a girl (The Guest‘s Maika Monroe) who gets spooked up after having sex with somebody, and discovers that the only to break the paranormal curse is to have sex with somebody else and pass it to them. Yes, sexually transmitted poltergeists. It may sound silly, but it’s anything but based on the incredible buzz out of Canned, Fantastic Fest and AFI Fest, where It Follows has already played.
With the flick now being picked for Sundance as well, a first international trailer has been released (it boasts French subtitles) and while it doesn’t show you a lot of the movie (which is a good thing), what it does show looks pretty unnerving.
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.
It Follows also stars Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe. The film opens in France in February 2015, but there are no further international release dates yet.
Last Updated: December 9, 2014