Whether you loved it or hated it, you must appreciate how much fascinating discussion It Follows (review) has spawned here in the horror community. Even those who didn’t like it can’t seem to stop talking about it, which is the mark of a movie that will endure with the passage of time.
One of the big questions fans have been debating is in regards to the rules of the film’s evolving villain, as a few things about that whole explanation didn’t quite jibe with many viewers. Director David Robert Mitchell brings some clarity to all that, so read on if you’re interested.
“The only rules that we hear are rules that we’re told by a character within the film, who has access to limited information,” he explained to Yahoo. “If you look at the film enough, you can start to understand how he may be figuring these things out and how he has gotten the information that he has.”
“But you also have to understand that they’re not rules on a stone’s tablet; they’re a character’s best guess about what’s happening to them. So, you know, they seem mostly right. But for me, that’s kind of fun, in that there might be some gaps in information, some things that he doesn’t understand and neither do we.”
What is Mitchell getting at with all this? Well, what he’s essentially saying is that the rules laid out in It Follows aren’t necessarily the official rules of the monster, which definitely explains why everything didn’t quite add up to the way it was initially presented. Food for thought, at the very least.
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It Follows was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up-and-coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (The Guest, The Fifth Wave) in the lead role.
Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.