It Follows (along with the Babadook) is one of the most divisive horror movies of the 21st Century. It’s not just that some people liked it while others considered it so-so; those who saw the film either loved it or hated it with almost no one occupying the neutral space in between. It’s rare for a film to illicit such polar opposite reactions, and for anything to split the ultra-tight horror community which revels in coming together to celebrate hits and bemoan flops.
Still, the fact that It Follows is so nuanced and complex means horror aficionados and film analysts will be dissecting it for years to come. And, who knows, perhaps some recent revelations about the film will change your perspective. If you haven’t seen It Follows in a while, you might want to revisit it—but first, delve into some of the incredible and compelling theories regarding the film that have gained traction in the years since the movie’s release.
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What’s most compelling about the video below by Ryan Hollinger is how he convincingly nails down exactly what “It” is. It’s been proposed that the body jumping attacker forever getting closer is either the Devil or a manifestation of Death itself. Hollinger presents convincing proof that “It” is actually a demon, citing a quote from The Exorcist where it’s stated that “a demon must be invited in”. He’s got the facts to back the assertion, and his insightfulness may just change everything you thought you knew about David Robert Mitchell engrossing and terrifying enigma.
About Ryan Hollinger: Taking your favourite movies, games, art and entertainment and giving them the in-depth analytical treatment that both informs and delights, like licking the contents of an Oreo before eating the biscuit with your favourite tea or coffee, you self-indulgent git.
If you’ve been too timid to explore the terrifying riddle of It Follows because of the mixed reception it received, be bold, be brave, and check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: After carefree teenager, Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay’s friends don’t believe her seemingly paranoid ravings until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.