It Follows. 2014. USA. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. With Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe. DCP. 100 min.
It Follows morphs the old slasher trope of “the perils of teenage sex” into something more sinister and immediate for a new generation of horror audiences. Fresh out of high school, Jay sleeps with her new boyfriend for the first time, only to discover he’s purposefully passed a fatal curse to her in order to get it away from himself. The real terror of this curse, besides the implicit betrayal by someone they’ve been intimate with, is that Death comes for its victim in the shape of stranger…or a friend. David Robert Mitchell’s sophomore feature explores the danger of being an adolescent in the world, with external threats and internal pressures, as the specter of adulthood lures its carefree victims. With the increasing, ever-present threat teenagers experience at the hands of those they know best, or not at all, the horror of growing up in the United States is on full display.