David Robert Mitchell
After having sex with her boyfriend, Jay (Maika Monroe), is faced with the horrifying revelation that she is being pursued by a thing that only she can see. It can look like anyone and it won’t stop until it catches her. They only way to pass the curse along is to have sex with someone else. Jay struggles with the decision of who to put in danger, all the while, the thing is closing in on her with each passing moment.
It Follows is impressive because it’s afraid to be weird. A typical film would have had our teenage heroes scrambling to uncover the secret of the single-minded monster, all the while trying to stay out its clutches. It Follows takes an interesting route by having it’s lead accept what’s happening fairly quickly, and her efforts are much more devoted to dealing with things in the present. It reinforces the immediacy of the situation, the unnamed creature becomes an ever present threat.
|Grandma, where's your hall pass?|
If horror in the 2010s will be remembered for anything, it’s sound design. The Babadook (2014), Starry Eyes (2014), and many other films have made incredible use of their audio component to drive home the chills. It Follows uses an unnerving electronic score: a steady sub bass pulse, swirls of noise, and chiptune flourishes to keep the pressure on during quiet moments and descend into chaos when threat is imminent.
|Spring Break foreveeeeeeer....|
We’re seeing a lot of creepy, emotional works of horror in the last few years, and It Follows is one of the best of the lot. It avoids the usual pitfalls of teen centered horror and delivers something that is outré and at times beautiful. Its ambiguous finale resonates long after the film is over. It Follows is a strange little masterpiece, and one I think is going to be very influential to future films. I highly recommend making time to see this movie.