09 October 2014

IT FOLLOWS [/Slash Filmfestival 2014]

IT FOLLOWS

USA, 2014
Director: David Robert Mitchell

9,5/10












At this year's /Slash Filmfestival, there were only two movies that scared me half to death: one was "The Babadook", the other one was "It Follows", the second feature of director / writer David Robert Mitchell ("The Myth of the American Sleepover"), a powerful, immensely uncanny and highly original horror-chiller about an evil, violent and seemingly unkillable entity that haunts, stalks and follows its victims until it gets them.

The entity spreads itself from one person to another via sexual encounters, means if you're haunted by it, you can only get rid of it by having sex with another person and passing the entity on to him/her. Okay, you actually can't get rid of it, because once you've haunted by it, you will still be able to see it following others. How does it look? Um, it looks different everytime it appears. It can look like someone you know, or like some random stranger, at times normal, at times disfigured, but it will always appear in human form...


"It Follows" is a true miracle of a horror film, fantastically written and directed, stunningly developed and scary as hell. Dayum, I get goosebumps just thinking about several scenes where it walks towards its victims, slowly coming nearer and nearer. The eerie old woman in the nightdress, the tall guy who enters one girl's bedroom at night, or the weird woman at the beach... brrr!!

Mitchell makes striking use of seemingly unscary Suburban schools and neighborhoods, as well as of abandoned, rundown areas in and around Detroit, all fabulously filmed by Mike Gioulakis ("John Dies At The End") who seemed to be massively influenced by Dean Cundey's work for "Halloween". The cast is thoroughly good, especially the performances by Maika Monroe and Jake Weary, the special effects are all great, and the music... the music...
THE UNBELIEVABLE MUSIC. Holy stalker, that was the absolute best film score I heard all year. Several people at the festival had massive problems with the 80s-infested synth score by Rich Vreeland (a.k.a Disasterpiece), declaring that it took them out of the movie - while others (like me) praised it, and completely fell in love with it. Imagine the score of "Drive", only ten times better. Yes, it's that good (at least, that's what I thought).

Did I mention the spooky opening? The poetic ending? The striking scene at the public pool? The fact that several scenes frightened me so hard, I ended up as sweating and slightly shivering wreck? Oh, "It Follows", what an amazing movie you are. Can't hardly wait to see you again. I'd follow you whereever you go...

8 comments:

  1. Swedish Metal Goddesses/Guns/Girls/Zombies:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAB0hlaPgFc&list=PLcyaz0b_RxPEPeHUuwCcflTci8GNSLzrI

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  2. Add this one to the list - and huzzah Swedish Netal Goddesses/Gnus/Girls/Zombies!

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  3. Think we're in total agreement on this one bud, an excellent surprise!

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    1. Yeah, I've seen your review. You loved it as much as me, awesome! *fistbump*

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  4. I loved it.

    Anyway, what do you think would happen if you had sex with a dead person after inheriting the curse? That's what I'd do. It can't kill a dead person

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    1. It doesn't matter if the person is dead or if it's just a sock or an artificial vagina: I'm 100% sure that doesn't work.

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