It Follows [DVD] [2014]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (996 out of 1112)

    Special Features


    • Critics' Commentary Hosted by Scott Weinberg
    • A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Poster Art Gallery

    Synopsis


    It Follows
    A sexually transmitted haunting plagues a Detroit teenager in this stylized horror film from director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover). In the wake of sleeping with a handsome stranger, Jay (Maika Monroe) quickly learns that she has inherited a most unusual curse: Wherever she goes, lumbering, half-naked phantoms follow, and their singular goal is to see her dead. Desperate, Jay turns to her younger sister and loyal circle of friends to for help. In time, however, Jay learns that her only hope for escaping death is to sleep with someone else, and pass the curse on. But the pursuing phantoms are invisible to Jay's friends and it soon becomes apparent that her time is running out. Now, with death closing in, the terrified young woman will be forced to make a difficult decision if she hopes to survive her terrifying ordeal. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Maika Monroe
      Maika Monroe - Jay
    • Keir Gilchrist
      Keir Gilchrist - Paul
    • Daniel Zovatto
      Daniel Zovatto - Greg
    • Jake Weary
      Jake Weary - Hugh/Jeff
    • Olivia Luccardi
      Olivia Luccardi - Yara



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Intelligent Horror Bringing a Breath of Fresh Air

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      doc8998
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      Horror has gotten stagnant. It's either Zombies, Supernatural-House, or remakes it seems like nowadays. It Follows is the first interesting, original premise I've seen in some time. While it features a supernatural ... beast... it's an original idea that will hopefully warrant a sequel that takes as much care with its film as the original does. "It" is, in essence, a kind of supernatural VD that plays a diabolical game of tag on down the line of "adult" partners. (While this may sound like some hormonal teenagers fan-fiction, the movie itself never revels in the idea of transmitting this creature through said situations. Mature scenes are rarely dwelled upon, and when they are on-screen are tastefully filmed, while in other cases, its only implied the deed ever happened at all). After Jay has a one-night stand, she awakens tied to a chair by her lover, with him explaining "the rules". This demon, monster... "It" follows the last person who had slept with someone who had been "infected". It seemingly cannot be killed, so the only way to rid yourself of it is to sleep with someone else, then have them sleep with someone, and so on and so on... Because once it kills the last person in this evil "chain letter of love", it moves up the chain to the previous person. As a twist, it can look like anyone, but always remains silent. While her friends continue to question her sanity after one incident that affected her only, they'll soon start to realize it isn't her one night stand, guilty subconscious causing her fears. It Follows is incredibly smart, giving you information to enjoy the movie, but only ever hinting at other things that will have you looking online to find answers and have you thinking about it late into the night. There's no timeframe given- old tube TVs and typewriters live in a world with cell phones and clamshell e-readers. The director claims that every form It takes is inherently important to the people that see it- but doesn't give you a face full of information as to WHY they are important in some cases- leaving clues for you to discover for yourself. While a sequel has been talked about, I have my own fears for any It Follows 2. Like the best early-80s slasher flicks that carried the underlying theme of promiscuity being a quick way to getting killed, only to see their sequels bypass that "message" in later films to straight exploitation at times, It Follows handles the nature of It and its ties to sleeping with others maturely, and I'd hate to see this film find itself delving into the typical routine those films found themselves relegated to in order to keep selling tickets. Surprisingly, It Follows found itself as perhaps my favorite horror film in quite a few years- something I wasn't expecting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Refreshing movie in the horror genre

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      It Follows is one of the better horror movies over the past decade. While the more recent horror films have subscribed to the theory that "excess is best," It Follows allows us viewers to delve into our own imaginations, where the blanks it fills in can be more terrifying than anything put up on the big screen. That's not to say that It Follows is an Ad Libs movie, where it all relies on the dark recesses of your mind and forgoes any crunches, splats, and adult situations so ingrained into the genre, but it certainly strays from the more popular Eli Roth/ Rob Zombie/ Saw school of horror, where each following movie feels the need to attempt just one more bucket of the red, sticky stuff. (I enjoy a splatter movie as much as the next horror buff, but it seems as if any new idea attempted on the big screen falls into splatter/ hauntings/ or found footage nowadays). To describe It Follows is a bit difficult due to word combinations Best Buy doesn't allow in its reviews, but I'll give it another attempt. The movie centers around a young lady who has apparently "contracted a creature" after a one night stand. "It" is passed along through intimate partners- much like a chain letter. If you've "contracted" it, you may never get rid of it- your only option is to try to "pass it along" and hope, like some horrific pyramid scheme, It continues to get passed along. Because, if you don't, It will not stop hunting you until it kills you. If it kills those "further down the chain," you're back in-line to be hunted. Making things worse is the fact that, to you, it can look like anyone. To anyone not cursed by it, it's simply invisible (but still dangerous). It Follows also seems to take place in an alternate reality- one in which e-readers exist in the same universe that 50s style cars and typewriters are still everyday tools- this reality is subdued, never forced, and is only one of many Easter eggs the film throws into its universe. It Follows is such a unique vision, one that relies so heavily on letting the scares come naturally rather than forcefully, that it deserves to be in your collection. This type of filmmaking needs to be rewarded with viewings, praise, and yes... Purchases; in the hopes that, in a currently predictable genre, producers will begin offering horror fans some new variety- and in the case of It Follows, perhaps a new franchise.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Welcome to the Modern Gothic

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      exorcist
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      This atmospheric, modern gothic horror film has a lot going for it: good performances; an interesting concept; an excellent musique concrete score (one blended with a healthy dose of progressive rock, ala Goblin); some stunning cinematography; and a few genuinely frightening sequences. For some reason, however, the movie as a whole is less than its parts. There are a few glaring plot holes. What, for example, happens in the scene in which Jay enters a lake where three buddies on a boat are horsing around just offshore? The implication is that Jay is going to swim out to the boat to join them and "pay it forward", which raises some interesting questions and implications that are never explored, let alone resolved. Jay enters the water and the scene ends abruptly. Overall, though, this one rates highly and is leagues above most of what's being offered in terms of horror cinema these days. Set your expectations down a notch or two (they're understandably high given many of the glowing reviews and critics' hyperbole) and you may just enjoy this one. Oddly, the lethargy and ennui oozing from the characters here is palpable, and reminds me of the dry, droll, bored and passionless characters seen in, of all things, Napoleon Dynamite, with which this would make an interesting double feature.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      So creepy, you'll never stop wondering if...

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      This movie opened with one of the creepiest it's-watching-me scenes ever. In one master movie-making move, the single shot follows (no pun intended, folks) a girl as she exits her house, runs down the street, runs back into her house and runs back out and drives away, the entire time terrified of what's watching and following her. The scene that follows THAT ONE is so disturbing, I get chills just thinking back to when I saw it and demanded my husband check under the bed. Yeah, it was that creepy. I won't give anything else away, but seriously, you want a movie to curl up under a blanket with someone cuddly as you shiver your way through this flick, THIS IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU. That said, try not to pay too much attention to (or let yourself be bothered by) the stupid girl that leads this band of what-nots. I mean, when you see this movie, you'll understand just how profanely stupid this girl is; it's so bad that if the thing following her depends on brains, then it's truly hit the nothing-to-eat-here buffet. Other than that, holy creep nuts! It's amazing!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Indie Horror Done Right

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      It's rare to see anything new in the horror genre, as zombies, vampires, variations of Saw/Hostel, slashers, and versions of Paranormal Activity seem to be all that's churned out. This one takes a novel concept and plays it out like it's a early 80's John Carpenter film. You already know the concept, so I'll dispense with the rehash. All I can say is that when I went to see this in theaters, alone with maybe a dozen strangers in the theater with me, it got me. Why do I say that? Well, one of the ideas behind "It" is that only those subject to the curse can see 'It," and it can appear as anyone to the people it's stalking, Midway through the film, some guy walked towards me, probably heading out for some popcorn or a bathroom break. I actually thought to myself "Does anybody else see that guy?" before he walked on by. Yes, that's stupid, but the reaction was fleeting and born out of emotion, not reason. That this film had me going to that extent automatically made it a must-own in my book.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Version of a Great Movie

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      Note: This review is for the Blu-ray release of the movie and not a critique of the actual movie itself. The transfer of the film on this disc is beautifully done with vivid popping colors and rich deep blacks. Audio is also true to the theatre experience. Having an Ultraviolet copy included as well is always a nice bonus to build up the digital collection and watch on demand. My only gripe about this is the lack of a creators commentary. The movie lends itself to a lot of interpretation and questions and it would have been nice to hear the filmmakers thoughts about the movie (though this was probably purposefully left off to keep people wondering and keep the door open for a sequel.) In lieu of this though there is a critic commentary which is a fun addition but doesn't give much new information. A few more extras would have really made this disc shine but overall it's a very respectable release for this movie.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Effectively Creepy

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      Dave1102
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      'It Follows' is a movie that snuck into theaters in the spring of 2015, largely based on positive word of mouth coming from people who had been to one of the film festivals where it was screened. 'It Follows' has a clever premise, which focuses around a young woman who discovers she is being constantly pursued by a monster that takes the form of anyone it wants to. She lives in fear wondering if random people she sees could be the one that could kill her. There is a way she can break the curse of being followed, but it would come at the expense of someone she cares about. I don't buy a lot of movies on blu-ray, but I picked this one up at a great price because I'd seen it in the theater and knew I would enjoy it's replay value. It's one of the best low budget horror movies to come along in quite some time--smart, creepy, and well acted.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unsettling, Retro Inspired Horror

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      In the currently over-saturated "found footage" horror genre, it's nice to find It Follows: a retro throwback to older, simpler horror movies that is able to distinguish itself among its peers. This film has everything you could ask for in a good horror movie: great cinematography, disturbing gore/imagery, good acting, a plot that keeps things moving but also more personal, and a very unorthodox score that helps to enhance both the slow character building moments and the blood pumping scares that follow. If you identify as a fan of old school horror films (before the market was flooded with shaky-cam), this is the movie for you! And if you are relatively new to horror, but want an older feeling horror film in a fresh new package, this is also for you! Take a shot on this one. You'll be pleasantly surprised. **Slasher/Horror fans should rent it if you want to take a chance, but this might be too slow for your tastes.**

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