Sunday, June 12, 2016

It Follows (2014)

Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, and Daniel Zovatto

Homicidal Maniac: The Follow Played by Everyone

Run time: 01:40:00

Quick Synopsis: A woman is passed a curse through sex and now, with the help of her friends, she must find a way to stop it. (Wow is this a shitty, lazy synopsis from me)

Going in the movie, all I knew about It Follows was the movie description and the discrepancy between the critics rating (97% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the audience rating (6.9 on IMDB).  I then made the assumption that the film would be similar to The Babadook (check that review here), which had a lot of symbolism and an average to above average story.  The symbolism is definitely there, however, the story is better in my opinion.  The story is pretty simple, but usually that is the best way to go honestly. The entire cast gives a solid performance, even if none of them really stick out or steal the show.  The Follower could have easily come off as silly but for the most part it walks the line perfectly and often times elicits some real fear.  The overall feeling of dread the film creates definitely helps in developing that fear.  When looking a little deeper the Follower represents, rather obviously, an STD and the effects of living with one.  It can also be argued the follower represents death in general.  I'm sure someone else who cares more has written a much more informative and interesting review of this shit.  Either way, the film is well-made (both in a literal and figurative sense) and no one can consider it an awful horror movie. 

Fun Fact: Jay was named after Jaime Lee Curtis by the filmmakers.  Director David Robert Mitchell has stated that John Carpenter's films had a major influence on the style and creative decision in the film.

Hidden Gem:  The theater that Jay and Hugh go to during their date is the Redford Theatre in Detroit, which is the theater where the Evil Dead premiered.  

Total Kill Count: 2
Annie- Bailey Spry (03:00) Disfigured Gore Rating: 8
Greg- Daniel Zovatto (01:12:00) Fucked to Death Gore Rating: 6
             Horror Film: 8
             Entertainment: 7
             Suspense: 8
             Overall: 7.75