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“IT FOLLOWS”: Weinsteins grab Cannes horror hit

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The Cannes Film Festival is not always a launching point for independent horror the way Sundance or Toronto are, but a fright film that won lots of buzz at last month’s fest has now been snapped up by the Weinstein Company.

It was announced today that the Weinstein’s Radius-TWC boutique division, which just released the remarkable BLUE RUIN, has acquired IT FOLLOWS, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and the recipient of much acclaim from its screening as part of Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Maika Monroe stars as Jay, a 19-year-old girl whose summer of fun becomes a nightmare when an apparently innocent sexual encounter leads to frightening visions and the sense that someone is stalking her. Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe co-star in the movie, which is being targeted for a first-quarter 2015 release.

“It’s great to be working with such a dynamic company like Radius,” Mitchell says. “I’m really excited for audiences to see this film. I hope it leaves a lasting impression in the form of nightmares and a general sense of dread.” Adds the company’s co-president Tom Quinn: “American horror has an extraordinary new voice in David Robert Mitchell. IT FOLLOWS is an inspired gift for horror fans everywhere. Both haunting and beautiful, it’s sure to be considered one of the best indie horror films in over a decade.”

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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