Riveting, briskly paced, often scary treatise on the wonders/horrors of Web 2.0 on-demand social interaction and how online decency has not caught up with technological innovation. An Agatha Christie-style morality play with supernatural revenge, updated for the Millennial generation. Much of its terrifying power comes from the very realistic depiction of the computing mundane: blinking cursors, pop-up boxes, spinning wheels, jump scares from jittering connections and garbled webcam sound/images. A horror gem that will linger in one's mind.
Effectively minimalistic, solidly acted, thought provoking, and with plenty of homages to the genre (the synth-heavy score and the suburban locales evoked Carpenter's Halloween for me throughout the runtime), It Follows is destined to be regarded as an indie horror gem in the near-future. And the lack of jump scares is refreshing, relying more on a slow-burn approach appropriate with the impending doom of Jay's post-coital predicament. That being said, the few horror scenes in It Follows are balls-on terrifying…
Old-fashioned Hollywood weepie with a devastating ending, but it tugs on the heart strings so very well. Jane Seymour has never been more exquisite. Christopher Reeve utilizes his gentle, boyish charisma to maximum effect. But of course, the main draw here is the legendary John Barry's (RIP) unforgettable score. The swells and cadences of the main theme are equal parts pure love and pure melancholy - a perfect aural representation of Richard's state-of-mind throughout the film.
Although it admirably tries to retain the spirit and tone of The Conjuring, Annabelle is in many respects a lesser film than its predecessor. A sense of Rosemary's Baby-esque parental dread does effectively permeate the film, but the scares themselves are mostly ineffectual save for the first and last ones. Still, it is centered by a lovely performance by Annabelle Wallis - hope this leads to bigger and better things for her.
Eagerly waiting for the Warrens to return to the big screen in The Conjuring sequel.