Since the beginning of December, we’ve seen not one but two trailers for the indie horror smash, It Follows. Debuting to favourable notices at the Toronto International Film Festival, the subtle slow-burning chiller has gathered positive word-of-mouth chatter. Now, thanks to its imminent release in UK cinemas, Icon has dropped a new tantalizing trailer to further terrify potential moviegoers.
It Follows stars Maika Monroe as Jay, a 19-year old who discovers that she’s attracted a bizarre being after an unusual sexual encounter. Haunted by a series of nightmarish visions, she starts to believe that something is after her. Something which isn’t as easily identified as your standard horror movie villain. Amping up the chills through its nuanced lighting design, the trailer is all about placing fear in the most ordinary of situations – and it succeeds.
As mentioned above, word on the movie has been very positive, with our own horror fiend Matt Donato describing it in his review as “a unique treat for horror fans looking for something new, fresh and terrifying. While getting stuck in minimalism at times, there’s something to be said about turning geriatric walking into pure, unflinching terror.” If that hasn’t convinced you to venture out on a dark, wintry night to check it out at your local cinema, we don’t know what will.
Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows will creep into UK cinemas on February 27th before it arrives in the US on March 27th.
After a date and seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay is left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her. Jay and her friends team up to try and find ways escape the traumatising horrors that are always right behind them. It Follows is a suspenseful, beautifully shot, horror film that takes old, tired horror clichés and puts a smart, culturally relevant spin on them whilst maintaining a timeless class that the horror genre hasn’t seen for a long time. Teen sex, suburbia, murder, and nightmarish demons all take on a new layer of substance and style. Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell reminds us why these horror fundamentals are used so often and shows his peers how it’s done.