One of the Best Halloween Movies Is Finally Getting a Sequel

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A Jack o 'lantern on someone's doorstep in 'Halloween Kills'

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One of the best Halloween movies is finally getting a sequel.

It Follows (2015) is one of the most surprising horror films to emerge over the past several years, and easily one of the best Halloween movies to watch during the spooky season.

It’s no mystery that horror is one of the hardest genres to get right; scaring modern audiences is no easy feat, and though there’s always a huge market for mainstream horror, with such projects currently being churned out by Blumhouse Productions, like The Conjuring and Insidious films, the critics’ choice often goes under the radar.

It Follows is an independent American horror film that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. During its official theatrical release, it grossed $23.3 million worldwide against its modest $1.3 million budget and was praised by critics and cinemagoers for its atmosphere and originality.

Jay (Maika Monroe) looking in the mirror in 'It Follows'
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The film revolves around the teenage protagonist Jamie “Jay” Height (Maika Monroe), who, following a sexual encounter with a young man, starts to notice she’s being followed by a terrifying entity none of her friends can see. Jay soon learns that “It” has been passed onto her through sexual intercourse and must find a way of outsmarting it before it’s too late.

While many consider the film an allegory for sexually transmitted diseases, with “It” often being dubbed a “sexually transmitted demon,” It Follows is far deeper. The titular entity is a metaphor for death: it’s in no rush to catch up with its victim, but it’s inevitable. “It’s going to be here sooner or later,” Jay says in the film. And what better way to convey this theme than through a teenager who’s just lost her innocence.

Jay (Maika Monroe) encountering "It" in 'It Follows'
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It Follows is one of the most terrifying films in recent memory. But its nightmarish antagonist isn’t the only unsettling thing about the film; the unplaceable time setting and season add to the surrealism, and the score by Disasterpeace is nerve-shredding. As such ,it’s one of the few perfect Halloween movies.

Speaking of which, the film channels the actual Halloween movies, specifically John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), with its semi-autumnal aesthetics and its Haddonfield-like suburbia setting. It also takes plenty of inspiration from Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with its plot involving teenagers coming under threat from a supernatural presence when exposed during a vulnerable state.

But despite feeling like a love letter to both those films, It Follows delivers one of the most original concepts in horror.

Laurie Strode stalked in 'Halloween' 1978
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Fans of the film have been waiting for news of a sequel for eight years, and now, just in time for Halloween, their wish has finally been granted.

Deadline has reported that a sequel to It Follows is officially in development. The film is titled They Follow (TBA), which strongly suggests that it will feature multiple versions of the horrifying entity seen in the 2015 film.

Jay (Maika Monroe) in hospital in 'It Follows'
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Director David Robert Mitchell will return to direct and write They Follow, while Maika Monroe is set to reprise her role as the final girl Jay from the original film. Production is expected to start sometime in 2024. Here’s to hoping it joins It Follows in becoming one of the best Halloween movies ever.

Mitchell is currently working on a film titled Flowervale Street (TBA), which stars Anne Hathaway and Oscar Isaac and will reportedly revolve around dinosaurs in the 1980s.

It Follows stars Maika Monroe (Jaime “Jay” Height), Keir Gilchrist (Paul Bolduan), Olivia Luccardi (Yara Davis), Lili Sepe (Kelly Height), Daniel Zovatto (Greg Hannigan), Jake Weary (Hugh/Jeff Redmond), Bailey Spry (Annie Marshall), Debbie Williams (Mrs. Height), and Ruby Harris (Mrs. Redmond).

There’s currently no release date for They Follow.

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