After a sexual tryst, Jay learns that her date has passed on a lethal curse that can only be shed by sleeping with another unsuspecting partner.
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Jake Weary, Keir Gilchrist, David Robert Mitchell, Maika Monroe, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi, Loren Bass, Linda Boston, Lili Sepe, Bailey Spry, Carollette Phillips
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/80013607
Back in Summer when “It Follows” was added to Netflix UK it got a lot of retweets and likes on social media but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t something I had heard of. However, as with many of the films you lot give your thumbs up to, it got added to my watch list. When we decided to have a month of horror reviews I felt that it was finally time to watch the film for my review. It then ended up on Benedict’s list of best films for Halloween on Netflix! Clearly it was a sign…
As you can see, I went into this film blind – I didn’t even look up the director or read any synopses of the film. I just sat back and watched. The opening scenes end up quite tense – you know something is happening but you’re never quite sure what. And even when it does, you’re still none-the-wiser. After the tense opening scenes, “It Follows” moves along at a fairly steady pace but always with an air of suspense – the 80’s-style synth soundtrack adds a lot in this regard.
The setting of the film is an odd one and has clearly been designed to stand the test of time. There is no obvious period when the film as set – we have 50’s decor, 80’s synth soundtrack/score, 60’s style TVs and modern touchscreen devices. It’s an odd one at times because when so many films and TV series often go to great length to let you know what year they are set in, you end up spending more time trying to work out a year. It does work though, but it can be a little distracting at times.
The story plays on the common horror movie trope of “sex = death”. Our lead character Jay (Maika Monroe) ends up sleeping with her new boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary) and she finds out that she has now been cursed. The curse is of a person that only the affected can see who follows them round. The curse can only walk but if it catches up to the affected person then they will die a horrible death. Having sex with someone passes on the curse but once they are killed the curse then goes back for the previous owner.
“It Follows” is a fairly low budget film and at times that shows. The dialogue isn’t the greatest and the acting can be wooden at times, but in terms of the story it will have you gripped. It is suspenseful and clever – certainly not your usual horror movie. There are a few jump-scares but the film isn’t reliant on those. It is genuinely creepy at times and, I don’t mind admitting this, but there were a few occasions where it gave me goosebumps!
It’s a difficult film to discuss without giving away the storyline but what follows (pun intended) is 1hr 40m of moral-dilemma and escaping from death. Overall, “It Follows” was a very enjoyable movie. It was a different kind of horror film than I usually watch and I was so glad they didn’t ruin it with a rushed and silly ending.
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