Edit
It Follows (2014) Poster

(2014)

Trivia

Jump to: Cameo (1)  | Spoilers (31)
The film's concept derives from a recurring nightmare the director used to have, in which he would be stalked by a predator that continually walked slowly towards him.
954 of 966 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The time frame of the movie is intentionally kept undefined so that it resembles a dream. Some of the cars shown are from more recent times. Many appear to be from the '60s to late '80s. Early CRT television sets are shown whenever the characters are watching movies. Conflicting technology includes Yara on a device that looks like a shell compact, but she reads from it like an e-book reader and uses it as a light source at one point. Also, the girl at the beginning of the film uses a cellphone and drives a modern automobile, with several modern vehicles in view.
719 of 736 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
According to the production company, the film's budget was $1.3 million and was shot entirely in the state of Michigan for tax advantages. A year after its theatrical release, it grossed over $20 million.
256 of 260 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the background of certain scenes involving crowds, there are some people seemingly walking slowly in view toward Jay and her friends. This is to give the viewers a sense of anxiety over the possibility of any of those people being The Entity.
151 of 153 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 9 mins) The theatre featured at the beginning of the film is the Redford Theatre, a historic Japanese-style theatre with a fully-functioning Wurlitzer organ, in the Old Redford neighborhood of Detroit, MI. The Evil Dead (1981) premiered there.
532 of 548 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
David Robert Mitchell has cited the works of George A. Romero and John Carpenter as major influences on his style of filming and creative decisions on this film.
196 of 200 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 46 mins) The dilapidated house that Hugh hid out in and Jay and her friends explored is a house style called the American Foursquare. This style was popular from the 1890s through the 1930s. Many floor plans for the foursquare feature "circular" traffic patterns, where one can proceed through several rooms and return to the starting point without ever reversing the path: kitchen, vestibule, living room, dining room, and kitchen, for instance. In some homes, adjoining bedrooms shared closets and bathrooms. This kind of "fluid" floor plan would make this house style particularly desirable if an escape from "It" was needed.
598 of 619 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The monstrous "It" is often said to be a metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases and sexual promiscuity. When asked about the film's concept, director David Robert Mitchell states, "The basic idea of being followed by something that looked like different people, that was very slow, and always coming came from a recurring nightmare I had when I was a kid. Later, as an adult, I added the sexual aspect of passing on this terrible thing. It came at two different points of my life." However, the modern philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, has written" all such reading / as parable of AIDS or other sexually transmitted disease / it is not .. [n]or 'metaphor' .. to put it in a brutally simplified way, the lesson .. is that , at an abstract forma level, 1+1 is never simply 2 since it always gives birth to an unwelcome supplement, so that we get 1+1+a. .. for sexuality where the couple .. is never alone but always accompanied by a (spectral) third element." [In his 'Sex and the Failed Absolute'; '20.]
312 of 323 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Following overwhelmingly positive first weekend reception from critics and audiences, the film's originally-planned VOD/theatrical release was cancelled in favor of a theatrical-only release.
221 of 228 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Jay and Kelly's mother's face is never clearly shown. In the first scene in which she appears in the film, she is seen talking on the phone in the kitchen with her face completely covered by her hair. In every other scene, her face is either out of focus or partially cut by the frame.
278 of 288 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Not only do the set props prevent the viewer from placing the year, the clothing prevents the viewer from placing the time of year. Throughout the film's short duration clothing ranges from coats, jackets, t-shirts and swimsuits during the day, to barely anything at all at night... all outdoors, with no signs of discomfort.
255 of 264 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Shot mainly with wide-angle lenses to give the film a more expansive, intimidating feel.
216 of 224 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 27 mins) The poem that Jay's English teacher reads aloud is T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." The poem shares some commonalities with the film.
321 of 338 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Jay is short for Jamie, a tribute to scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. In the film, Jay has a sister named Kelly. Jamie Lee Curtis also has a sister named Kelly Curtis.
469 of 500 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Disasterpeace recorded the score for the film because the director, David Robert Mitchell, was a huge fan of the video-game Fez (2012) (which Disasterpeace did the music for).
172 of 182 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
For the trailer, there were a few scenes that had to be reshot in which It/The Entity is shown nude. In the trailer, It/The Entity was shown to be wearing underwear. Most notably, the scene where The Entity was standing on top of Jay and her family's roof is shown to be wearing shorts.
52 of 54 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film takes inspiration from several horror films and their tropes from the '60s to the '80s, especially from the slasher classic Halloween (1978). The girl in the opening scene of the film is named Annie, and one of Laurie's friends in Halloween was named Annie Brackett.
273 of 307 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
"It" can be seen following Jay in the school scene but she never notices it.
51 of 54 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The entire score by Disasterpeace ("Disasterpeace") was completed in less than three weeks.
170 of 189 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film initially recouped its minuscule budget five times over with $10 million worldwide. As of 2016, the gross ballooned to $20 million worldwide.
55 of 59 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 6 mins) One of the old movies the kids are watching on TV, which stars a young Peter Graves and has a character with large eyes, is Killers from Space (1954).
68 of 76 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Rotten Tomatoes ranked this film as the sixth-most-praised film of 2015.
64 of 72 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film's cinematography and score are heavily inspired by John Carpenter films.
22 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The movie was filmed in Michigan. Jay and Kelly's house is on Trafalgar Way in Sterling Heights. The ice cream parlor where Kelly and Paul work is Clark's Ice Cream in Berkley.
34 of 37 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film was supposedly more violent in the initial scripts. They were all toned down to secure an R-rating.
13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
David Robert Mitchell started writing the screenplay in 2011.
64 of 79 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 49 mins) There are some high school campus announcements. One is in reference to wrestlers handing forms in to Mr. Dwiggins. This is a nod to the sound editor/re-recording mixer Christian Dwiggins.
53 of 74 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A precursor to the smartphone, the flip phone of the early and mid-2000s, was nicknamed the "clamshell".
84 of 131 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
WILHELM SCREAM: When Jay and Paul are watching a '50s sci-fi movie, a spaceman shoots a monster.
14 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This film and Don't Breathe (2016), which both stars Daniel Zovatto, were filmed in Detroit.
26 of 38 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This film shares a few similarities with another supernatural horror film hit, Stephen King's It (2017). Both movies deal with a shapeshifting demonic entity that relentlessly terrorizes a group of youths, the uncomfortable sexual undertones and implications in the narratives, the childlike qualities reflected from the main characters, the sense of dread and uncertainty in the atmosphere due to a dark force, and the groups fighting back against the supernatural threat. And, of course, both films have the word "It" in their titles.
55 of 127 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There's a correlation between Jay being infected with a disease/haunting and being the only one to see it and a late stage of syphilis called general paresis where dementia is introduced and hallucinations and manic delusions occur.
7 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Jake Weary would go on to star in It Chapter Two (2019), another horror film about a demonic entity and has the word "it" in the title.
19 of 53 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Maika Monroe would go on to star alongside Bill Skarsgård in the film Villains (2019). Skarsgård portrayed Pennywise, better known as It, in It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019).
17 of 79 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Now Playing Podcast reviewed It Follows. This film received three "recommends".
0 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Cameo 

Disasterpeace: (at around 49 mins) The composer of the soundtrack plays the announcer in the high school where Jay is searching for Hugh.
156 of 170 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mike Lanier, who plays the very tall "It", is a 7'7" Detroit resident who designs engines for General Motors and is one half of the world's tallest twins.
632 of 639 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The colors of red or pink are used to foreshadow the upcoming appearance of It as they appear either in the background or on a character's piece of clothing whenever it attacks.
339 of 345 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
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."
133 of 134 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 21 mins) The first manifestation of "It" that Jay sees while she is tied in the wheelchair is Hugh/Jeff's mother.
107 of 108 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Director (David Robert Mitchell) said that neither a condom nor same-gender sex would stop the monster and the curse would still be passed.
494 of 512 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 8 mins) In the beginning of the film, when the main character Jay is seen looking into the mirror as she gets ready for her date with Hugh, there are two photos on the mirror: one of Jay in the swimming pool and the other of her and her father. At the end of the film, "It" takes the form of her father and attacks Jay in the swimming pool. We also see him in a photo towards the end of the movie.
375 of 389 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 21 mins) While explaining "It" to Jay, Hugh states that "It's very slow, but it's not dumb." The gang's plan to kill "It" hinges on the entity walking blindly into a pool in pursuit of Jay, ignoring the electrical devices they have set up around the perimeter. It's not fooled for a second, and immediately starts hurling said devices into the water at her.
57 of 58 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There has been much debate on whether Jay either had sex with the three men on the boat or not. Some people think she did and was spared a little longer from The Entity. Others think that she ultimately didn't because The Entity had later easily caught back up to her during the climactic showdown at the abandoned public pool. This scene was left unexplained as part of the film's nature.
69 of 71 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
During the climactic showdown at the abandoned public pool when Jay and her friends were facing off against The Entity, Kelly kept asking Jay what form did It take on since Jay is the only one to see the creature. Jay refused to tell her because The Entity was in the form of their father. This most likely insinuates that Jay doesn't want to upset her sister telling her that The Entity has taken on the form of their deceased father in order to bring distress.
63 of 65 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The director David Robert Mitchell said in an interview that the 'monster' could potentially board a plane in order to follow the cursed person.
398 of 431 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 6 mins) Early in the film when Jay's friends are watching a movie on the old TV, you can hear the following lines from the movie loud and clear: "You're afraid of an overload. You can't tap enough electricity wherever you get it from to control a strong enough charge." Later in the film when Jay's friends plan to electrocute "It" in the pool, it turns out that they can't tap enough electricity to get a strong enough charge and the plan fails.
265 of 286 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A ball seems to follow the curse throughout the entire movie, and soon after Jay gets infected, a ball hits her window and lands in her garden. When they go to Hugh's house, they find a picture of him holding a ball. After Jay has slept with Greg, a ball is seen bouncing from the direction of Jay's house towards Greg's house. Finally, when Jay sees Greg dying, the motif on her T-shirt, a blonde girl and a ball, is seen clearly. The ball is covered by her hair up until the very moment he dies. She is still wearing the T-shirt later when Paul tries to kiss her, implying that she did not go through with her plan to pass it on to the guys on the boat.
268 of 293 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Maika Monroe has stated that she would love to do a sequel to this film.
51 of 53 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 22 mins) Jay's friends play "Old Maid" when she returns from her date with Hugh. The rules of that game are very similar to the rules of "It", i.e., you have to pass something on in order not to lose. Moreover, most of the specific cards being shown hold strong similarities to characters and events that are not seen until later in the movie. The following cards are shown: "Cranky Kluck" (angry teacher), "Old Maid" (old lady), "Winnie Waite" (waitress), "Bikey Bess" (girl on bike), and "Bronco Buster" (cowboy with guns).
172 of 187 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film alludes to teenage problems through its props. This is seen when Jay is lining up blades of grass on her upper leg (cutting/suicide), as well as Jay's uneaten tray of food in her room (eating disorders) that first has a pill laid out on a napkin, and later is the only thing touched from the tray (drug dependency).
389 of 439 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Although the entire movie seems to be reminiscent of the '60s to '80s with no modern technology, Yara is seen several times with a shell-looking touch screen device. It looks like a compact mirror but she's reading something from it. Also, Annie is shown calling her father on her mobile phone when she is sitting on the beach.
260 of 291 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The paddling pool in Jay's garden is depicted as a pleasant and safe place and the kids have several pleasant memories from their childhood involving water. In the present, however, "bigger pools of water" like lakes, oceans, and public swimming pools all seem to be associated with danger and "It". The first girl is killed on the shore of a lake. Jay and Hugh are sitting on the shore of a lake just before he passes the curse on to her. In the classroom, just prior to the appearance of the Old Maid, the camera pans across the cardboard where the text "required reading, The Old Man and the Sea" is written. Later, when Jay faces the peeing woman in the kitchen, three paintings are seen just before the attack - the first one, depicting a roaring ocean, is seen when Jay is talking to Paul on the couch, and the other two, both depicting lakes, are seen as she walks into the kitchen. In the same scene, the movie playing on the old TV shows a blonde woman in the ocean being attacked by a monster. The subsequent attack by the small boy takes place in the beach cabin near the shores of a lake, and the final attack by Jay's father takes place in a big public swimming pool.
161 of 179 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
As opposed to most horror subgenre films, including slasher films, this film didn't have a Final Girl. Jay would've likely been the Final Girl if the film stuck to the usual horror movie tropes. Luckily for her, Jay had a support system in her friends that helped her to survive her ordeal.
38 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 10 mins) While playing "trade," Jeff/Hugh chooses a baby to trade places with, explaining that he'd like to "start fresh." Of course, this is because he's infected by "It."
36 of 38 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The final scenes contain several allusions to death and the souls of the dead or ghosts as they are commonly known. In the hospital, Yara reads the following line from The Idiot, "Your soul will leave your body and you will no longer be a person." In the next scene, when Jay and Paul walk down the street, the neighborhood is decorated with fake cobwebs and pumpkins, indicating that the scene takes place around Halloween. Halloween can be traced back to ancient traditions set to honor the souls of the dead. Jay is wearing a white dress and Paul is wearing a long white hoodie, both of them bearing a slight resemblance to popular depictions of ghosts. A "dead end" sign is seen both in front of them and to their right. The man next to them is busy removing dead leaves. What can be seen of the inscription on Jay's cast reads "Here lie the bones of Jay."
176 of 202 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At the end of the film, while recovering in the hospital, Yara reads out a section from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, "The Idiot", which sums up the film, "But here I should imagine the most terrible part of the whole punishment is, not the bodily pain at all-but the certain knowledge that in an hour, then in ten minutes, then in half a minute, then now - this very instant - your soul must quit your body and that you will no longer be a man - and that this is certain, certain!"
149 of 174 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A total of 11 actors have portrayed "It" or The Entity onscreen. In chronological order, the actors who show up in appearance as the creature are Ruby Harris, Ingrid Mortimer, Alexyss Spradlin, Mike Lanier, Olivia Luccardi, Charles Gertner, Bailey Spry, Daniel Zovatto, Leisa Pulido, Don Hails, and Ele Bardha.
41 of 45 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A sequel to the film was in talks in 2015, shortly after the release. But as of 2021, no new updates regarding the sequel have resurfaced and director David Robert Mitchell has since moved on to other projects. However, Maika Monroe, who played Jay in the film, has expressed interest in returning to a sequel if it's ever made.
11 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The "Its" seen by Jay are mostly wearing white (specifically pajamas, night gowns or undergarments) or are nude.
135 of 169 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The Entity appears angrier each time that Jay sees it. Perhaps the reason is due to the creature growing more irate over being prevented from obtaining its target. This would explain its actions during the latter part of the film. For example:
  • When the group was relaxing at the beach house, "It" shows up in the form of Yara and attacks Jay. Paul intervened and was attacked by the unseen creature as a result. This most likely aggravated The Entity. After "It" was shot when Jay, Kelly, and Yara hid in the shed, The Entity appeared angry when "It" transformed into the form of the little boy who lived in Jay's neighborhood when "It" breaks through the shed's door. Shortly thereafter, Jay runs out of the shed while her friends follow suit in trying to protect her from the unseen attacker. The Entity, which transformed into Annie, also followed her out of the shed, and "It" still had an angry expression.
  • When she goes to Greg's house to try to save him from "It", she sees the creature in the form of Greg's mother. When The Entity knocks on his bedroom door, the creature slowly turns its head to look at her with an angry expression.
  • During the climactic showdown, The Entity was throwing various objects at Jay in an effort to do any kind of harm to her. When The Entity is revealed to be in the form of Jay's father, the creature looks angry.
32 of 38 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 1h 35 mins) Someone (or something) in the distance appears to still be following during the final scene of the film.
223 of 308 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Body Count: 2
38 of 50 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There were two instances of the Greg version of It/The Entity. The first was when Jay saw him walking towards his house in white long underwear before breaking the window to enter his house. The second time is when she sees Greg It in the rear-view mirror as she drives away from Greg's house after he's killed by The Entity, which was in the form of his mother before switching back to the Greg It when it went back to chasing Jay, wearing the same white long underwear.
17 of 22 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The tallest form of It/The Entity shows up twice in the film. The first time is when Jay sees It walking up behind Yara in the doorway to her room. The second time is when she sees it in the window of the shed of Greg's beach house before it pounded on the locked door prior to bursting the lower panel and then switched to the younger boy. It was the large man because of the white t-shirt worn in the previous showing in her bedroom door. (The boy was wearing a sleeveless t-shirt and suspenders.)
21 of 32 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 53 mins) When Jay and her friends talk to Hugh, Jay is seen carefully placing five leaves of grass on her thigh. Later, when Jay inspects herself after "It" has grabbed her under the water in the public pool (at around 1h 30 mins), she finds exactly five marks on her leg.
130 of 278 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Hugh explains that "It" can look like anybody, whether it's a complete stranger, somebody you know, or even a loved one; whatever lets "It" get close enough to its victims. When "It" kills Greg, "It" has taken the form of his mother.
12 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed