The deft hand director David Robert Mitchell used in his remarkable coming-of-age tale THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER is at work again in IT FOLLOWS, a smart and quietly terrifying work of indie art-house horror that has managed to assert itself as a cult-classic, and certainly one of the decade’s most innovative genre-benders. Given the success of this year’s moody, atmospheric remake of THE INVISIBLE MAN, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit this gem as a Friday Late Night Movie on April 17.
After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay’s friends don’t believe her seemingly paranoid ravings, until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.
“For nineteen-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe, THE GUEST) life should be about school, boys, and week-ends out at the lake with her friends. 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 terrifying manifestation, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.” Also starring Keir Gilchrist (THE UNITED STATES OF TARA)
“Smart, original, and above all terrifying, IT FOLLOWS is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels — and leaves a lingering sting.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“It’s a testament to how scary a movie It Follows is that for days after watching it, you walk around thinking up survival plans – should you hide, stay on the move forever, pass the haunting on to someone else?” (Buzzfeed News)
Friday, April 17
Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
IT FOLLOWS (Robert David Mitchell, 2015 / 100 mins ) After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.