It Follows

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it follows

Everything we need to know about It Follows is established in the opening sequence of this masterful horror film from writer/director David Robert Mitchell. A haunting score sets an uneasy tone as the camera rotates 270 degrees to reveal a perfectly normal suburban street. A young woman emerges from a house and starts running. No one seems to understand why she is fleeing, but she assures her father over the phone that everything is okay. After a quick cut to later that evening, we find the same girl seated in a field, sobbing through the phone expressing her resignation. By morning she is laying dead, limbs broken and misshapen.

While we have now seen the remarkable style of It Follows, we lack a basic understanding of what it all means. Early on in the movie, this lack of knowledge creates an uneasy feeling within us, as nothing is scarier…

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