Horror movie enthusiasts, rejoice! The spine-tingling suspense of It Follows is making a comeback with its long-awaited sequel, “They Follow.”
Neon, the production company behind the original film, has officially announced the development of this highly anticipated horror classic. In this article, we’ll delve into all the exciting details surrounding the upcoming sequel, They Follow.
The Return of a Chilling Pursuit
“It’s everywhere,” Neon boldly proclaimed in a recent tweet. “THEY FOLLOW. The long-awaited sequel to the modern horror classic IT FOLLOWS from David Robert Mitchell. Coming soon.”
For those unfamiliar with the original film, “It Follows” introduced a unique and chilling premise. It followed the story of Jay Height, portrayed by Maika Monroe, a college student who found herself relentlessly pursued by a malevolent entity that never relented. This entity, the relentless stalker, formed the core of the horror, creating an atmosphere of unrelenting fear and tension.
Unveiling “They Follow”
While the details of “They Follow” remain shrouded in mystery, the sequel has officially been confirmed, and it’s set to pick up where “It Follows” left off. The only character confirmed to return is Maika Monroe, who will reprise her role as Jay Height, the sole survivor from the original film.
In “It Follows,” the terror stemmed from the entity’s relentless pursuit, which was triggered after a sexual encounter. The film was a unique addition to the horror genre, introducing a fresh concept that kept audiences on the edge of their seats.
The Legacy of “It Follows”
“It Follows” marked the second feature film for director David Robert Mitchell. The movie premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and went on to achieve remarkable success.
Despite its modest budget of roughly $1 million, the film grossed an impressive $21 million worldwide upon its release in 2015, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This astounding success resonated with both audiences and critics, cementing its status as a modern horror classic.
A Glimpse into the Future
“They Follow” is scheduled to commence filming in 2024, and although the plot remains a well-guarded secret, some hints have been dropped by Neon executive Tom Quinn. In a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Quinn mentioned the possibility of exploring the origin of the enigmatic pursuer, suggesting that the sequel might venture into uncharted territory.
He said, “I don’t want to give away too much, but we’ve thought about it. Flip the title. There’s so much you could do.” This tantalizing statement hints at the potential expansion of the “It Follows” universe.
From Nightmare to Silver Screen
The concept of “It Follows” sprang from director David Robert Mitchell’s own recurring nightmares. As a child, he was plagued by a relentless dream in which he was pursued by an unknown entity.
This recurring nightmare stayed with him, eventually inspiring him to transform it into a full-fledged movie. The nightmare that haunted Mitchell’s childhood became a cinematic reality, sending chills down the spines of viewers around the world.
Following her breakthrough role in “It Follows,” Maika Monroe’s career has continued to soar. She has graced the screen in various films, including “Hot Summer Nights” (2017), “Honey Boy” (2019), “Brothers by Blood” (2020), and her recent appearance alongside Jamie Foxx in “God Is a Bullet.” Her return in “They Follow” is sure to delight her fans and generate heightened anticipation.
David Robert Mitchell’s Encore
“They Follow” marks David Robert Mitchell’s return to both writing and directing, his first project since the 2018 film “Under the Silver Lake.” Fans eagerly await the creative twists and suspense that Mitchell will infuse into the sequel.
While the sequel’s details are a well-kept secret, the return of director David Robert Mitchell and lead actress Maika Monroe promises a continuation of spine-tingling suspense and horror.
Fans of the original film are eagerly anticipating the return of the relentless pursuer in “They Follow.” Get ready for another exhilarating pursuit as “They Follow” aims to carry on the legacy of its predecessor.