It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2015)Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto

Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

Written By: David Robert Mitchell

Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 40 min

Two Cents:

The horror genre isn’t usually my cup of tea. The films are either dumb slasher nonsense, buried under long-established clichés, or a shallow collection of stupid jump scares. Dull, cheap and forgettable.

It Follows however, isn’t your usual low-budget cash grab, here today gone tomorrow type of production. It’s got something to say, and writer/director David Robert Mitchell delivers a gloriously simple, yet effective and stylish horror yarn.

Playing to a fantastic score that’s an over the top mix of 80’s synth pop, classic horror and modern-day ambient, Follows is a brooding euphemism for sexually transmitted diseases. A cautionary tale for its target teen audience, and grand advertisement for the abstinence-only program! Asking kids to wait before acting on their hormone fueled carnal desires, because the boogeyman might get them! Or a baby might arrive, and follow them around for the next twenty years – arguably a real life outcome just as scary as anything depicted in this film!

Shot simply and smoothly, the movie throws in a few jump scares, but mainly gets its jollies by establishing a palpable sense of dread, which it manages to effectively maintain throughout the film. Not giving the audience a moment to relax, as the story delivers its juicy premise, sets up the rules, and shows us how our group of atypical movie teens react to it.

Movie Prep:

Expect suspense over gore, and an outrageous soundtrack. It Follows is rated R for violence, sexuality, language and nudity.

Best Format:

While nicely shot, it’s not a visual extravaganza, and will be just as effective at home. In either case, you might feel better watching this one with a friend in a well-lit room!

Best Moment: << spoiler! >>

Jay (Maika Monroe) after being drugged by her date, Hugh (Jake Weary), regains consciousness and finds herself half-naked, tied to a wheelchair. It’s then the supernatural situation and rules are quickly explained to her, as a creepy naked lady slowly walks towards them. The shot is almost entirely looking directly at Jay and everything behind her. And as Hugh repeatedly wheels Jay to a safe distance, we briefly catch glimpses of her new supernatural stalker.

References: IMDB

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