Every year, the Sundance Film Festival includes Park City at Midnight, an “after dark” section where horror films take center stage over the prototypical arrangement of indie dramas. For horror hopefuls, it’s a proving ground of sorts, as well as a potential career springboard; films ranging from The Babadook (one of Screen Rant’s favorite movies of 2014) to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project have been making names for themselves off the program for a long, long time.
For the 2015 festivities, that movie could well be It Follows, which premiered to raves at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. The film currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a minor achievement given that only a handful of people on the planet have seen it (but an achievement nonetheless).
It Follows concerns itself with Jay (The Guest‘s Maika Monroe), a nineteen year-old girl who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, cannot shake the unnerving sense that someone, or something, is out on the prowl, seeking her out. She begins to suffer horrific visions, and so she and her friends determine to get to the bottom of the mystery and figure out what’s after her.
If you like your horror with a side of meta commentary (a’la Cabin in the Woods), It Follows should be right up your alley; the trailer, posted above, quite clearly denotes the film’s central allegory for sexually transmitted disease in what is both a nod to and a twist on one of the most essential horror tropes. Turns out the “it” of the title is a curse that’s passed on by doing the horizontal tango.
Sex and horror go hand in hand, and It Follows looks to explore that relationship while playing off of genre conventions. Expect more reactions out of Sundance in just a few weeks; regular audiences can expect to see the film for themselves a couple months later.
It Follows opens in US theaters on March 27, 2015.