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For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
Visionary in its storytelling, unique in its concept, insanely confident, and completely astonishing from the first frame to the last; David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is a glorious treasure of the horror genre, crafting a spellbinding story full of character and style while never (not even for a second) skimping out on an inch of atmosphere and increasingly foreboding dread.
The story of It Follows involves Jay (expertly played by Maika Monroe), a young girl who after a innocent sexual encounter, is followed by an unknown force. Knowing anything more than that is almost a sin, as David Robert Mitchell crafts surprise and horror like nobody's business. The simple tale, written by Mitchell, is a masterclass in both developing character…
After watching this, I went out and bought myself a purity ring.
I want to start off by saying how incredible the soundtrack is. It does such a phenomenal job at setting the mood and tone for this film. Its seriously one of the best soundtracks in a film I've ever heard. It had me mesmerized during the whole film.
It Follows isn't your typical recycled, been there done that horror film. It's a film that is genuinely creepy as hell and filled with suspense. The film doesn't rely on jump scares to make the audience scared (although there is one or two), the audience is scared because the director created such an atmosphere. It Follows is such a beautiful…
I now present you with John Carpenter's The Spectacular Now!
"This thing…it’s gonna follow you."
When the credits hit the screen, I quickly stood up out of my theater seat, and I bolted for the exit. As I walked down the hallway, I took a glance at the clock on my phone (I have a watch and I have no idea why I looked at my phone instead of that little device on my wrist), and I noticed that it was 10 p.m. Not only was it three hours past my bedtime, but I also realized that it was also around the time of night – at least in my neighborhood – where there wouldn't be a lot of pedestrians or other drivers around being…
It Follows – the latest, incredibly atmospheric sophomore horror film from director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth Of The American Sleepover) – opens with a terrified teenage girl sprinting out of her house and driving away with no real sense of direction while the camera, doing a steady, elongated pan, focuses on the emptiness of her surroundings before showing her arrive at the deserted beach her brutalized body is found at just a few hours later. It’s a beautiful, haunting scene that immediately establishes it as that rare horror film that’s less interested in cynically tricking you and more interested in being as elegant, thoughtful and thematically rich as it is creepy. And if that’s not enough, It Follows will…
Part of Hoop-Tober
“Never go anywhere with only one exit.”
They live in a reasonably nice suburb. It is relatively clean and safe. The houses are not fancy and have seen better days, but they are suitable for middle-class living. The furniture and cars are a bit outdated, as though they hadn’t been replaced since the mid-1980s. But one of their number reads books on an electronic device resembling a makeup compact. Time and place are nondescript, which is as it should be—a teenager exists only in the moment.
Despite their baseline comforts, they exist near poverty’s edge. It is a short drive to burned out hovels and abandoned buildings. Houses long since unoccupied, windows papered over. Post-industrial hellscapes. Just…
A great throwback to the horror films of the 80s. The actors give serviceable performances with the lead girl, played by Maika Monroe, giving the strongest performance of the group. The script is smart enough to show you enough, and brave enough to not tell you more than you need to know. While you may not feel the immediacy of terror while sitting in the theater, this atmospheric film will stick with you long after your initial viewing.
Nerve-racking from start to finish.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Plot hole haiku:
It can only walk?
Fly to Australia today.
It cannot follow.
"You're not gonna believe me, but I need you to remember what I'm saying..."
It Follows benefits from an awesome soundtrack and a director who wants to pay homage to 80s horror.
What the film lacks in great dialogue it more than makes up with suspense filled scenes and a very ominous villain.
A truly haunting allegory on the ramifications of sex and the dangers that come along with sexuality. David Robert Mitchell is masterful in his direction, understands how heavy he presents his themes and never backs down. In fact, it's quite terrifying.
As a concept itself, there's a lot to chew on morally about how you decide to live your life, pass IT along and how you would handle the situation. There's many directions one could take it and the film certainly hints at quite a few of them.
Thematically, it's even more fascinating to me when you're talking about the consequences of sex. And not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually as well. It, pun intended, can come with a lot of (haunting) baggage and carrying it into new relationships has it's side effects.
We are talking about this on our Extra Film Podcast this week. Man, I can't wait to dive into this one more.
I can't remember the last time a movie had my stomach tight from the very first shot until the very end. The way the shots and score complimented each other to create such intense feelings of dread was truly masterful. The idea, and how they executed it to really explore all of the different ways the follower manifested itself was so creepy and at times even shocking. And even beyond the spine tingling nature of it all there was a sweetness underneath. There wasn't one character I didn't like or root for to some extent. They felt so real unlike other horror movies where it seems as though all the characters are just there to die in interesting ways. With…
"It Follows" is fascinating on a formal level, and if you want proof of that, just pay attention to how it twists the horror genre's conventional idea of perspective. Usually in the genre, when a character meant to frighten or repulse is looming in the background of a shot (or simply relative to a structure or group of people in the foreground), he or she disappears by the time the camera pans past the object in the foreground. Not so here. Normally, a character must systematically avoid a tangible threat by running quickly, ruined by the threat's supernatural powers of walking faster (or likely just teleporting). Also not so here. The threat facing the protagonist of this film is one that operates by clearly devised rules, and who knew that a rock-solid sense of logic was what this genre needed.
This could have gone rather bad were director David Robert Mitchell not completely sure of how he'd be able to pull it off. Because, let's face it: the idea of someone walking after you isn't exactly frightening at first thought and could easily be interpreted as comical were it not presented in the right way. Presentation is key and Mitchell has this down to a science in It Follows as everything from the framing to the movement of the camera and into the accompanying score is drilled down to precision so as to evoke the most effective reactions. In that the film feels so specific in its making allows for the final product to feel assured in its execution and…
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
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