IT FOLLOWS (15)
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CAST: MAIKA MONROE, KEIR GILCHRIST, DANIEL ZOVATTO, JAKE WEARY, OLIVIA LUCCARDI & LILI SEPE
RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 40 MINS
DIRECTOR: DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL
Horror Film + Sex = Death!
Fellow horror fans will know that having sex in a scary film will result in very bad things – usually a horrible and gruesome death – and this is definitely the case for the cast of this modern classic from writer/director, David Robert Mitchell, writes MIKEY CLARKE.
It Follows centres around Jay (The Guest’s Maika Monroe), a high school student who has recently started dating a guy named Hugh (Jake Weary). One date sees the young couple getting hot and heavy in his car, which consequently leads to the girl being pursued by a demon.
Unbeknown to Jay until it’s too late, her date had been consistently followed by an evil force. Sleeping with Jay meant that he had passed the curse on to her. The demon would now slowly walk in her direction in multiple forms, no matter where she is – and never stopping until she sleeps with somebody else and passes the curse on.
But that’s the last thing she wants to do, so with the help of her friends, Jay must find another way to escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind her.
The best (and perhaps even worst thing) about this flick is it’s made to look like a movie from the late Seventies – something that John Carpenter would have made back in the day. Being one of those people that often says: “They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” I loved the retro vibe.
Even the music was made to sound like the classic horrors I grew up watching. But this won’t be for everybody. Walk into the cinema expecting a modern (polished) tale of terror and it’ll be 50/50 as to whether you’ll enjoy the experience.
I also liked the fact that there are plenty of moments throughout the film where you think something scary is going to happen – and certainly would have in most horrors – but no, not a cheap thrill in sight.
Instead, Mitchell chose to slowly build up the suspense, releasing the tension when he felt like it and often when you least expect it – resulting in some genuinely terrifying moments.
To compliment the director further, he clearly shows a lot of love and attention to detail has been put into It Follows – which is something I haven’t seen with this particular genre for a long time.