Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.


Watch This Review

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Movie Review

There are lots of reasons to stay abstinent until marriage. One, God likes it that way. Two, no worries about unexpected pregnancies or STDs. Three, you don't have to fret about being murdered by naked supernatural stalkers. Four, the emotional—

Oh, what, you want me to go back to the third point? You don't remember that from the "talks" with your mom or dad?

Alas, Jay's parents skipped over that whole "supernatural stalker" thing, too. In fact, they may have let a great many lessons slip by their pretty, eldest teen daughter, and now she's smoking and drinking and getting heavily involved with a guy named Hugh.

"I like him," Jay's younger sister, Kelly, says.

"Me too," Jay admits. She likes him so much, in fact, that she decides to have sex with him shortly thereafter—a quick encounter in the backseat of his car. And then, wouldn't you know it, Hugh throws a rag over her mouth and knocks her out. When she comes to, Jay's tied to a wheelchair and Hugh is showing her just what sort of post-coital present he has for her.

A naked supernatural murder-stalker.

As Hugh wheels the terrified Jay around, he explains the rules of engagement to her. First, the stalker isn't always naked. In fact, it can show up as pretty much anyone it wants—male or female, living or dead, friend or foe. And while the beastie isn't particularly fast, it's as persistent as a cable-contract negotiator. It'll follow her doggedly to the ends of the earth, and while driving really fast away from the thing can buy a little time, it'll never, ever stop coming. And if it catches you, you'll surely die in a very horrific manner.

But, Hugh tells Jay, there's one way to keep the thing from killing her: Have sex with someone else. Then it'll pursue that unfortunate fellow until it kills him—in which case the monster will again turn her attention back to Jay. And then, once Jay's dead, to Hugh.

And so on. It is, in essence, the most lethal venereal disease ever. If only Jay had held on to that promise ring.

Positive Elements

Naturally, Jay's a little freaked when her stalker—unseen by anyone who's still (ahem) unsullied—begins its ponderous hunt. So it's nice that her sister and their mutual friends—Paul, Yara and next-door neighbor Greg—do what they can to comfort and guard her. Also, a girl calls her folks shortly before dying, telling them, "I just wanted you to know how much I love you."

Spiritual Content

If we don't accept the it in It Follows as a shuffling STD metaphor, that leaves us with the likelihood that it is some sort of sex-driven demon.

Sexual Content

Naked, demonic stalkers triggered by acts of intercourse? Yeah, we've obviously got some ground to cover here. First, the nudity: One incarnation of the stalker is a completely naked woman seen fully from the front. And a naked man stands on a rooftop, again seen from the front. The stalker also shows up (twice) as partially undressed women, one wearing a skirt and bra (which isn't in a position to cover much), the other in a nightgown that's opened up in the front.

Masquerading as a teen boy's mother, the stalker kills him by having sex with him.

Jay's frequent sexual interludes (three of which are shown) are filled with movement and moans. She's seen in bra and panties, flimsy nightwear and skimpy swimsuits. At one point the camera examines her as she examines her groin. Teens talk and joke about sex and various sex acts, also porn. Paul discovers several Playboy magazines at Hugh's pad (along with several crumpled-up tissues). While he looks at the pictures, we're shown several women in sexual poses and with exposed breasts. Neighborhood boys spy on Jay, hoping to sneak a peek.

Violent Content

A woman's mangled body is found. After the boy is killed by way of "incest," his gray body is seen on the floor. The stalker is shot several times, often in the head. Each successful shot is accompanied by a bloom of blood. But because the monster is invisible to most, bullets have a tendency to go awry: One friend is shot in the leg. Teens also try to electrocute their unseen oppressor, who throws several small electrical appliances at someone swimming in a pool. A would-be victim is held underwater by the thing. It leaves deep scratches across someone's stomach and drags Jay around by the hair. Etcetera.

A car crashes through a rough cornfield, sending the driver to the hospital with a broken arm and a head wound. Windows and doors are smashed.

Crude or Profane Language

F- and s-words tally in at six or eight each. We also hear exclamations of "h---" and God's name.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Kelly and Jay smoke cigarettes. "Mom knows we smoke," Kelly says. "But she'll cry if she sees it happening," Jay reminds her. Paul and Greg drink beer. Paul and others dispense drinks from sample-size liquor bottles. He takes a swig from a flask. Jay takes a sip from Hugh's margarita. Hugh totes around a partially consumed six-pack of beer on a date. A bottle of wine is on Jay's mom's dresser. Jay takes a pill of some sort.

Other Negative Elements

The stalker, as a half-dressed woman, urinates as she walks, the liquid staining her skirt and dribbling on the floor.


Despite looking like it was made for about the cost of a dinner at Denny's, most critics seem to love It Follows, and at the time of this publication, the flick had a 95% "freshness" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is surprisingly freaky, what with the eerie musical score and innovative, discomforting camera work. And clearly its makers have aspirations beyond your typical Friday the 13th fright fest: It's not every horror movie that regularly quotes The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, much less on an e-reader that looks like a toy (fitting with the movie's theme of lost childhood), a shell (echoing its ever-present water motif) and a package of oral contraceptives (dovetailing with the sexual metaphor).

But Plugged In will, of course, side with the 5%. All those pretensions aside, It Follows is really just The Ring with sex. Lots and lots of sex.

Even the safe sex/abstinence message is sullied by the fact that once cursed, your only life-saving recourse is to have intercourse with as many people as possible, thus turning the protagonists into promiscuous supervillains. The movie wants us to see Jay as a pretty and vulnerable heroine. But if this young woman encouraged guys to stand on the train tracks and wait for the 9:10 express to hit 'em, would we feel as sympathetic? Yet that's essentially what she's doing every time she seduces someone. Yay, Jay, way to doom all your amorous male friends!

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range



Maika Monroe as Jay; Keir Gilchrist as Paul; Jake Weary as Jeff/Hugh; Daniel Zovatto as Greg; Olivia Luccardi as Yara; Lili Sepe as Kelly


David Robert Mitchell ( )





Record Label



In Theaters

March 13, 2015

On Video

July 14, 2015

Year Published



Paul Asay

Content Caution

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!