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It Follows

An incredibly creepy teen horror film: after a romantic encounter Jay finds herself being constantly followed by strange entities that will surely kill her. .

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IT FOLLOWS is the best teen horror film since at least RINGU, though the story itself initially seems as uninspired as they come. Jay (Maika Monroe) is a college student who is going out with a decent, aloof guy. After a very romantic sex session in a car, Jay finds herself tied to a wheelchair in an abandoned building. Her boyfriend babbles on about something that is following him, and that he has transmitted “it” to Jay. In hundreds of other horror films this would clearly be tied to the fear of sex and the requisite punishment administered to sexually active teens. However, this has more to do with the fear of being followed, the fear of death, and the question of how one can deal with that impending danger. It deals with questions the teens ask themselves for the first time that will never let go of them again. Jay is followed by slow-moving apparitions that walk towards her and take on different forms. The reference to Eros and death is by no means as by-the-numbers as a reductive school drama but rather something more akin to Georges Bataille’s texts on eroticism. Adulthood means integrating sex with the awareness of one’s own mortality: an extremely scary process and rarely as eerily portrayed as in IT FOLLOWS.

Tom Dorow

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

USA 2014, 80 min
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Author: David Robert Mitchell
DOP: Mike Gioulakis
Montage: Julio Perez IV
Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih
Cast: Jake Weary, Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, David Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi
FSK: 12
Release: 02.07.2015

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Screenings

Screenings

  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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