By Tessa Berenson
January 15, 2016

Ted Cruz joked about the animosity between him and the New York Times at the Fox Business Republican debate Thursday, even referencing a column in the paper that compared him to a ghost from a horror movie.

“[A New York Times columnist] wrote a column comparing me to an evil demonic spirit from the movie ‘It Follows’ that jumps apparently from body to body possessing people,” Cruz said.

The actual column, written by Frank Bruni in October, compared the Texas senator to a “menacing, stalking, relentless force to watch for and run from, like the body-hopping spirit in this year’s most celebrated horror movie, It Follows

The Times also reported Wednesday that Cruz failed to disclose roughly $1 million in loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 Senate campaign.

Here’s the actual deal with the movie: yes, ‘It Follows’ was a well-reviewed horror movie that was released in 2015, and yes, it is about an evil spirit that possesses people. But there’s an extra element to the plot that Bruni and Cruz didn’t mention— the spirit is passed through sex.

“A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter,” reads the movie’s IMDB page.

And on Wikipedia: “After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse.”

Here’s hoping Cruz isn’t exactly like the spirit in the movie.

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@time.com.

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