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"IT FOLLOWS"
(2015) (Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Minor
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Heavy


NOTE:
The following is an unedited version of our final review that may contain factual, spelling, and/or grammatical factual errors (especially since much of it was "written" using voice dictation software. The final, proofed version will be posted soon.
QUICK TAKE:
Horror: A teenager is terrorized by a supernatural entity -- spread by having sex with someone already affected by it -- that relentlessly pursues and wants to kill her.
PLOT:
Jay Height (MAIKA MONROE) is a teenager living in the suburbs of Detroit with her fellow teen sister, Kelly (LILI SEPE), and their mostly absent mom. When not spending time in their above ground pool and dealing with younger neighborhood peeping Toms, Jay hangs out with her friends Paul (KEIR GILCHRIST) and Yara (OLIVIA LUCCARDI), while also dating Hugh (JAKE WEARY). She eventually decides to have sex with him, but once they're finished, he uses chloroform to render her unconscious.

When she comes to, she finds herself tied to an office chair in a decrepit building at night, with Hugh searching for something. When he spots a fully nude woman slowly walking their way, he informs Jay that he's infected her with some sort of supernatural curse where the slow-moving entity -- that can take the shape of anyone she knows as well as strangers -- will relentlessly try to kill her, and that she must stay alive or he'll become the target again.

She doesn't believe that until she later spots an older woman slowly coming after her at school, a sight only she can see. She begins to worry that she's losing her mind, but other such sights and frights convince Kelly, Paul and Yara that something is amiss, with neighbor Greg (DANIEL ZOVATTO) eventually offering to help as well.

When they eventually find Hugh, he tells Jay that she must sleep with someone else to pass on the curse. From that point on, she contemplates doing just that, all while she, Kelly and their friends try to figure out some way to stop the terror.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into horror films, they might be, especially since this offering has some buzz surrounding it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language.


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