I’m in the bag for David Robert Mitchell. His stellar horror film It Follows was one of my ten favorite films of 2015 and I really like his heartfelt (and tragically under-seen) debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover. Despite his first two films existing in completely different genres, his voice is crystal clear in both of them, with each movie exploring the pain of growing up and the fear of facing the world alone. He’s a filmmaker with a unique perspective and an artist to watch.
Now, he’s lined up his next movie: a film noir starring Andrew Garfield.
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Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Earlier this week, Quentin Tarantino took a moment to critique one of this year’s surprise horror hits, It Follows. “It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great,” he started, before going on to explain how he would’ve fixed it. (Short version: Tarantino didn’t think the film did a good job of sticking to its own mythology.)
Now the director of It Follows has responded. And while it’s gotta sting a bit to watch as an acclaimed director picks apart your movie in public, he seems to be handling it pretty well. David Robert Mitchell Quentin Tarantino comments after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The Weinstein Company has announced that they will be expanding It Follows to 1,655 theaters nationwide on Friday April 3rd 2015. The indie horror film has become a smash success, originally scheduled for a small limited release in just four theaters before a VOD release. That digital release was pushed back on March 20th as the company announced they would be keeping the film in theaters and expanding wide to 1000 screens. The film earned nearly $4 million, earning the fifth place on the weekend box office charts. Read the official It Follows wide release press release after the jump.
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Editor’s Note: This review originally ran during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. We’re rerunning it now that It Follows is in limited release.
Sometimes, the scariest thing isn’t what’s around the corner. It’s what’s right in front of you. In It Follows, writer director David Robert Mitchell has created a simple, perfect, and bone-chillingly terrifying horror conceit that doesn’t need blood or jump scares. It doesn’t even, necessarily, need special effects. In It Follows a normal person, walking, is enough to scare the living crap out of you.
Below, read our It Follows review which will tell you why it’s one of the scariest horror films in years. Read More »
I really liked the horror film It Follows at Fantastic Fest. The movie is a John Carpenter-influenced vision of the lingering effects of sex and trauma (and of the shift from adolescence to adulthood that sex brings) that is powerfully cinematic, and built on an ever-intensifying sense of dread rather than jump scares.
Now the movie finally has something like a US release date, and a full domestic trailer. This It Follows trailer has some of the same structure as the last two teasers we’ve seen from other territories, but with a lot more footage. Check out the new It Follows trailer below. Read More »
There’s an image you’ll see connected to the horror film It Follows that looks similar something from a “torture porn” film. You’ll see it in the still frame in the video embed below, in which a terrified young woman is tied to a chair. She’s terrified for a reason, but the situation that image represents is very different from what you might assume it to be. It Follows is a smart and elegantly crafted movie about teen sexual experiences — or, really, the effect of those experiences. It’s a horror film not just about the things that might happen to someone in the future, but also about the things that have already happened.
We’ve seen one teaser for the film, a French edit that was heavy on atmosphere, but didn’t tell much story. In this new UK teaser, the character played by Maika Monroe (The Guest) talks about her youthful fantasies of the ideal date, and then we see some of how that date goes in an unexpected direction. “Someone gave it to me,” says her date, “and I’ve passed it to you.” Read More »
Maybe you’ve heard of It Follows. It’s a small horror movie by director David Robert Mitchell. His previous film, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a memorable look at teen life, and this film is in a similar vein. Similar in that it shows how some aspects of teen life – mainly sex – can become scary. It Follows played at Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest and just got into the Sundance Film Festival. So there’s a lot of buzz but, to date, no U.S. release date.
It’ll get there though because It Follows is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. I’ll tell you more in the coming weeks when we run our review (probably at Sundance) but for now, check out the first It Follows trailer. Read More »
First love, young love. Those days when it feels as if you’re right on the brink of some flashpoint moment end up burned into your brain. Or the idea of those days is burned in, at least, and that’s what ends up being part of the limitless energy that powers cinema. The Myth of the American Sleepover runs entirely on that energy as it follows a handful of kids on the cusp of adulthood as they try to spark a connection on the last weekend of summer. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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