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