Horror films are by definition meant to scare people and unless you are a complete wimp there are only a few films that actually meet these criteria. Over the years this has even become more difficult to do. What scared the audiences of say the 70’s wouldn’t scare the people of today. I mean ‘The Exorcist’ (William Friedkin, 1974) had audiences literally running in fear when it first came out, whereas people today find it laughable or sometimes boring. For me the scary films include a lot of James Wan work just because I find supernatural horror scary. Therefore, I decided to watch ‘It Follows’ as it was in quite a few lists of top horror films online (mind you ‘Scary Movie’ (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2000) was also on the list). I can tell you now I was pleasantly surprised.
A sexually transmitted demon is basically the plot summed up in 4 words. Sounds a bit mad but honestly from a film and TV student it’s fab. When Jaime “Jay” Height (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend Jeff Redmond / Hugh (Jake Weary) she wakes up strapped to a chair and is given some information on her new deadly stalker. Just stay away, it will follow you …forever until you pass it on to someone else. It can look like anyone. Always stay in places with more than one exit, it may be slow but it’s not stupid.
Can you imagine that just be followed by a monster that no one else can see for the rest of your life until you have to decide to pass it on. But could you do that … just doom someone to that torment? It’s similar to passing on the button in ‘Drag Me to Hell’ (Sam Raimi, 2009). I don’t think I could do it. But the thought of never being safe and forced to constantly be on the move is a good motive…the whole idea is just so sinister. A plot so simple is defiantly a plot so unsettling.
I must say that in my opinion the film isn’t necessarily scary but the use of music and camera work is fantastic. It just feels like modern day homage to Kubrick’s work. The drones and sound score are fantastic. Each frame seems like a piece of art work and the use of colour just sets a dark forbidding tone that just forces you to feel uneasy. The whole thing is just creepily beautiful. If you are interesting in film making or just a big fan of films I would suggest a watch.
How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.
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