‘It Follows’ Teaser Trailer Will Fry Your Nerves (NSFW!)

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it_follows_xlgPreston Barta // Editor

IT FOLLOWS | 107 min. | Rated R | Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Jake Weary, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia LuccardiLili Sepe and Ruby Harris

Since Fantastic Fest we haven’t been able to control our flapping gums about IT FOLLOWS. It’s so good in fact, festival audiences saw through any hype and responded enthusiastically to the haunting film. It’s good enough that, even with the debut of other impressive horror films, such as last month’s nailbiter THE BABADOOK, IT FOLLOWS reign supreme and followed festival attendees (including us) long after exiting the cinema.

And now, Metropolitan Films has posted our first look in the form of a French-subtitled international trailer. You can enjoy it below in all its NSFW glory!

So, that trailer may have got under you skin a little bit, calling back to the eeriness of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING, but it also may have left you with some questions. So, what’s it all about? Let our critic Cole Clay break it down for you.

David Robert Mitchell’s second film takes an entirely plausible occurrence such as an STD and instead of getting a few pesky bumps you get a supernatural entity calculating your every move. IT FOLLOWS plays a waiting game that most genre fare neglects to revel in, and while still relying on a few jump scares, it’s what you don’t see that is utterly terrifying.

If Mitchell stripped this disturbing piece of cinema of all its horror elements it would remain a compelling hangout film about the insignificance of days wasted in suburbia. Mitchell understands that the pockets of waiting are the most terrifying aspects of horror. In fact, these bored teens delight in the chance to get off the couch despite the bone-chilling circumstances.

IT FOLLOWS is a retroactive piece of filmmaking. Rather than winking at this fact, Mitchell respectfully tips his cap to the classics that preceded this fantastic little horror film.

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RADiUS and The Weinstein Company acquired US rights to IT FOLLOWS at Cannes Film Festival, with an expected March 2015 release. It will next screen at Sundance in January.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.