Wow! That was… I mean… Blimey! What a stupendously creepy experience. I was hooked right from the opening scene to the very end.
Loving the artwork, too
For those who haven’t seen it (am I the last?!), It Follows centres on Jay, a teenage girl who gets more than a dose of the clap when she sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh. She soon learns, he’s passed on something much more dangerous. Following their encounter, a supernatural force, a relentless, stalking thing, the It of the title does indeed begin to follow her. And if it catches up to her? How can you stop It? Can you beat It? Well. I’m not going to ruin it for you.
I can’t remember seeing anything else quite like It Follows. The young cast is all very good, particularly Maika Monroe (Jay), although she’s not quite Sharni Vinson. The story is extremely unsettling, and the execution is delightfully raw and unpolished, while remaining professional.
It looks great, all muted colours and greys which add to the sense of foreboding: things are bad and might get worse at any moment. Coupled with the nerve-jangling 80s-style synth soundtrack, there’s a genuine and intense sense of dread throughout. Because we don’t really know what It is, where it comes from or what It wants, and that, my friend, is a scary prospect.
There are some very memorable scenes that are right up there with some of the best; I’m thinking the opening, the wheelchair scene, the beach and the swimming pool. There’s a great deal of tension throughout, although it sags occasionally – there’s a fair bit of watching the kids nervously just hanging around – but overall it works. At first I as a bit disappointed with the ending, but on reflection I think it works really well.
Yay! So glad you liked this one, Laura! 🙂 I love how original this one is – it’s so unlike any other horror movie. I LOVED that score, too! And those scenes you mentioned are all amazing. I’ve kind of almost hated horror movies for many many years now but ones like this may make me like them again.
Yes! Mutant! Come over to the dar side…
Nice review Laura, you’re not the last to see it, I still have to watch it.
Thanks, Vinnie! It really is quite good, I hope you like it.
I’m sure I will Laura.
It does stand out from most horror movies because it takes it’s time to develop the characters. Which make the scares that more impressive. Agree that Sharni Vinson is my favorite recent horror heroine, but Maika Monroe is one to keep watch for. Good review
Hey, thanks dude. I liked this one a lot. It’s good to see films like this, You’re Next and The Babadook doing so well. Otherwise all we’re left with is so much straight to VOD shite and big screen offering like the tiresome Annabelle or The Conjuring or horrible remakes like Poltergeist. I haven’t seen Poltergeist yet, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be any good.
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Glad to hear you liked this! For me it was the camerawork that I remember best. This is still the best movie of 2015 for me, bloody brilliant. Nice write up 🙂
Thanks! It’s so refreshing to see a new horror that’s not a remake, reboot or rehash of someone else’s earlier idea.
Totally, that’s one of the things I liked the most about it. It felt new and fresh
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