At just 21, Maika Monroe seems to be hitting the big time with two consecutive hit film in the cult horror circuit. After taking on Dan Stevens’ psycho-killer in the sci-fi slasher film The Guest, Monroe is once again being pursued in It Follows.
In theaters now, It Follows finds Monroe as the latest target of a mysterious entity that can take on the image of anyone, including those she knows. After its festival premiere at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival, It Follows became one of the most buzzed about horror films of 2014. Although it debuted in limited release over a month ago, it continues to be released in more and more, and playing to sold-out crowds – and with the film’s success, Monroe is finding more and more opportunities in Hollywood, including the upcoming sci-fi action film The Fifth Wave (alongside Chloe Grace Moretz), and the coming-of age-drama The Tribes of Palos Verdes, about a surfer…the perfect fit for the former athlete.
Lesley Coffin (TMS): It Follows is being compared to, and references, a lot of classic horror films from the ’80s. Do you have favorites that you drew from for the role?
Maika Monroe: I grew up watching horror movies like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Shining. Those were the movies I loved as a kid. So when I spoke on the phone with [writer/director] David [Robert Mitchell] about his inspirations for the movies, I was excited, because those were a lot of the movies he mentioned being inspired by himself.