For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind.Written by
In an interview with Vulture in which he was explaining the reasoning behind the group's seemingly vacuous plan to lure the creature leading up to and during the final confrontation, director David Robert Mitchell insinuated that they're just kids trying to find a way to defeat the threat in their own way. He explains, "It's the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs] It's a kid-movie plan, it's something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that's accessible to you in the physical world, and that's not really going to cut it." He goes on to state, "We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It's a probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it." See more »
Near the end of the film, Paul fires a small handgun several times and hits the 'follower' in the head, knocks him out. The scene clearly reveals that bullets hit the pool surface at an approximate angle of 30 degrees, and judging by the actors' height, bullets travel at least 9-10 feet in the water before they hit the target. It would be impossible for those bullets, that are fired at an extreme angle, to wound someone after traveling so far in the water. In fact, MythBusters did an episode investigating the effects of guns fired at targets that are underwater, they proved the water provides protection. See more »
When I was a little girl my parents would not allow me to go south of 8th mile. And I did not even know what that meant until I got a little older. And I started realizing that. That was where the city started and the suburbs ended. And I used to think about how shitty and weird was that. I mean I had to ask permission to go to the state fair with my best friend and her parents only because it was a few blocks past the border.
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There are no opening credits at all, and the title does not appear on-screen until the end of the film. See more »
The volume level of the music was substantially louder in the theatrical version than in the 2015 Blu-Ray and DVD release. See more »
I enjoyed the movie. The audience I was watching it with were a little weird at first (tittering and talking back at the screen, it was a film festival, they always seem to want to demonstrate their engagement with the the film early) But after a big fake scare early on, they settled down. The film was naturalistic for a horror film, the actors were wearing minimal makeup, the indoor settings looked to be locations as opposed to sets, and the performances restrained. It kind of reminded me of the Virgin Suicides, lots of girls with long blonde hair lying around and a story revolving around sex and death. The soundtrack was effective but it was definitely visually scary as well. It didn't rely solely on tricks to get its scares. The story jumped in places, and lagged in other places (the shots of expressionless blonde girls lingered too long to sustain my interest) It felt like there was symbolism, deeper meanings and themes running throughout, but i couldn't understand them. If I was meant to get something from the film it wasn't overt enough to be satisfying. However it worked on an entertainment level. The sequences I found to be most memorable were the wheelchair scene, the first attack in the house (especially the very tall man), the beach scene. The scenes I really didn't get was the boat scene, the pool, and the ending. I actually wanted the movie to go on a little longer.
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