It Follows begins with a relatively familiar setup. Girl meets boy. Girl likes boy. Girl loses virginity to boy. Things then take a surreal turn, when our teenage female protagonist is informed by the mysterious cute guy she’s just slept with that she’s been passed a demonic entity through sex. The only way to escape death from “it,” which will follow you everywhere and try to kill you, is to have sex with someone else and pass it on to them. The catch? If that person dies, the curse comes back to you.
The premise preys on every parent’s worst fears about teenage sexuality, but the film’s deeply derived sense of horror is far from its only virtue. Directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), the movie’s vintage-looking cinematography and soundtrack recall the genre’s best seventies classics. And much as John Carpenter’s Halloween made a star of a young Jamie Lee Curtis, It Follows is poised to make newcomer Maika Monroe, who plays the young ingénue, our new indie scream queen.
“I grew up with horror,” Monroe says by phone. “My dad loves movies and he passed a lot of them on to me. There’s something so fun about them. The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween. Those are the greats.” It Follows has been acquiring a similar cult status since it debuted at Cannes last year—“it was very surreal, such a glamorous place”—and won over audiences in Toronto. After a small but strong opening last week in New York City and Los Angeles, the film has its nationwide theatrical release today.
And how has all of this changed the life of 21-year-old Monroe? Mostly by improving her frequent-flyer status, she says. “There’s been a lot of traveling for the past two years. I’ve been going from filming to festivals to flying here and there.” Last year had Monroe ferrying between Detroit, where It Follows was shot, and Iceland, where she filmed Bokeh, a forthcoming movie about a young couple who wakes up one day to find they’re the last remaining people on earth. “There’s been some sort of apocalypse or end of the world. You can call it sci-fi, but it’s mostly about how two people deal with this situation together,” Monroe says. “There aren’t any supernatural beings or aliens or monsters in this one.”
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