It Follows is proving to be 2015’s Little Horror Movie That Could. The David Robert Mitchell-directed film about a sexually transmitted curse grossed a highly impressive $160,089 when it opened in just four cinemas earlier in the month and will platform out to 1,200 screens this weekend, following the decision by distributors RADiUS-TWC to delay the movie’s planned VOD release. The film has also garnered extremely positive revews: my colleague Chris Nashawaty applauded It Follows for its “wit, style, and an almost suffocating sense of dread” and the movie currently has a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“It’s crazy,” says the film’s star Maika Monroe (The Guest). “I had no idea this was going to happen. I could tell on the set we were making something special, something different. But I didn’t see it as being as commercial as it’s become, because it’s very different. It’s weird! I try and stay away from reading reviews. But just hearing how people are loving it—I mean, I was in a workout class the other day and someone came up and said, ‘I saw the film and you were incredible’—that’s amazing. That’s why we do it. It was supposed to be a small release and then all of a sudden it’s doing incredibly well. People are like, ‘It’s not playing here! I’m driving two hours to a movie theater to see it!’ So I think people are excited it’s in a wide release now.”
You can hear Monroe talk more about It Follows on The Editor’s Hour tomorrow on Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio channel and on Entertainment Weirdly on Monday. And you can watch the trailer for It Follows below.