Most contemporary horror films underestimate the audience's intelligence, with jump scares and obvious "twists." But It Follows refuses to dumb anything down. Its story about a girl who becomes infected with a mysterious, relentless curse is smart and original — not to mention scary as hell.
And that's not all. Writer-director David Robert Mitchell's film also works in canny nods to slasher films past. It also boasts a terrific lead performance by Maika Monroe (last seen in another innovative-yet-retro horror entry, The Guest.) And it contains the most artful production values we've seen in a genre movie in some time. Mild spoilers follow.