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Another Fargo movie: Thriller 'It Follows' produced by local filmmakers


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A little indie horror flick making big waves at the box office is no doubt the pride of three Fargo filmmakers, who produced the thriller.

In case you haven't heard of "It Follows," it's a low-budget horror movie whose plot revolves around a 19-year-old girl haunted – or stalked – by a supernatural force after a "seemingly innocent" sexual encounter, according to the Internet Movie Database.

It's generating a lot of buzz with the critics, holding a "95 Percent Certified Fresh" rating from movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

But what about those all-important ticket sales? "It Follows" scored fifth place in the weekend box office, raking in nearly $4 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

As the Forum reports, it's a dream come true for homegrown producers Jeff Schlossman, Bill Wallwork and Erik Rommesmo.

“We’re happy to see the box-office turnout and that we’re in the top five, competing with some very large films and with some very well-known actors,” Schlossman told the paper.

"It Follows" has a cast of unknowns, but its "atmospheric" approach to horror seems to work for audiences.

“People like to talk about it afterward because it gets them to think. They try to ‘figure out’ everything about the movie,” Schlossman added. “It’s really fun to hear their opinions on it.”

Forbes, however, wasn't horribly impressed with the movie's ticket sales, at least not as of Saturday morning. The financial magazine described "It Follows" as a "flop," saying its distributors might have been a little too confident in it when they decided to make the jump to a wider release (it's been doing well in limited viewings).

But according to the A.V. Club, Forbes seems to be forgetting the film's low budget, and the fact it didn't rely on "conventional marketing or a single bankable star."

The entertainment site concludes that, from some viewpoints, "It Follows" could be considered a success story.

But let the critics fight it out. Since it's showing on screens across Minnesota, let us know what you think instead.

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