It Follows (2015) is a supernatural horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.
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. Jay and her teenage friends must now find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind in this critically-acclaimed chiller that Bloody Disgusting calls the scariest movie of 2015.
Rated R. 100 minutes. Watch the official trailer here …
My thoughts… Quentin Tarantino said (here) of It Follows: “It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great.” I totally agree him. It Follows is a really good indie horror film that could’ve been so much better. However, as it is, It Follows is still a stylish, inventive and very creepy chiller!
Michigan college student Jay (Maika Monroe) finds herself being followed by a ghostly entity after she has sex with her boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary) for the first time. The entity will appear as anyone to get close to her. It walk toward her slowly, and if it catches her, it will kill her. The only way she can stop it is to pass it along by having sex with someone else but, if that someone else dies, it will come back for her, and on down the line. Thus, it is a death sentence – much like HIV/AIDS. The allegorical interpretations of It Follows are obvious. However, for me, it works simply as a chill-inducing horror film. The most effective scare occurs when Jay’s sister Kelly (Lili Sepe), their childhood friend Paul (Keir Gilchrist) and Kelly’s friend Yara (Olivia Luccardi) spend the night with Jay because she’s afraid. The entity appears, first, as a bloodied naked woman in Jay and Kelly’s kitchen. That’s creepy enough but it’s not as creepy as when … no, I won’t ruin it! The scare didn’t work quite as well when I backtracked the DVD to see it again, so watch it yourself without knowing what you will see. The scare is well worth the price of admission alone! In fact, don’t even watch the trailer, just watch the movie!
OK, so the problem with It Follows is that it starts out as a much better film than it becomes toward the end. Tarantino points out that that filmmakers continually break their own rules. He’s right. The film loses some of its effectiveness when Jay’s friends, who are not infected, are able to interact with the entity – particularly in the pool scene. If Jay’s friends couldn’t interact with it, they would be powerless to help her and not even convinced that she was experiencing anything supernatural – and that would be even scarier. However, even with its misgivings, It Follows delivers enough creepy moments to highly recommend it anyway. In addition, the film presents a cool but subtle retro 80s vibe, particularly in its grating soundtrack by Disasterpeace. I hated the music, at first. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard but, then, I realized that it effectively upped the film’s creep factor. I even download the soundtrack from iTunes!