'It follows', a Dave Mitchell feature presented at Cannes, is a truly disturbing movie that starts from a very simple premise.Teenager Jay lives in a nameless Midwest town, and one day someone 'passes' 'it' to her. And then the following begins...The very first scene caught me completely by surprise on how disturbing it was, and sets the bar high on this movie, showing that the director has no remorse in punching below the belt - and you will thank him for that by the time credits roll.The movie makes an incredibly savvy use of sound, which is almost a character on its <more>
own, as well as the desolate settings shot in Detroit.Actors give an understated performance that is even stronger, given how horrific is everything that is going on. And the followers... when I got home I had to make sure that there were at least two doors open in my room!Make yourself a favor and go and see this, it is a fantastic summer scare.
Best horror film I've seen in at least a decade (by NateWatchesCoolMovies)
David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is the closest I'll get to seeing the gauzy, atmospheric, John Carpenter style horror films I grew up with on the big screen. It's a high concept, low budget, absolute masterpiece of a movie that gets under your skin and freezes your blood with eerie dread in the way that few films in the genre seem to do these days. In desolate, dreamy Detroit suburbia, a young girl the haunting Maika Monroe is assaulted and bound by a date after sleeping with him. He informs her he has passed along a curse to her, and that she will be followed. Not ran after, <more>
not scared by something jumping out of the closet, just simply followed, slowly... Deliberately... Relentlessly, until she passes it along to someone else. From the there the movie kicks into high gear as she and her sister along with their friends, played by superb young actors, giving their roles the fully realized attention and quirky dispositions to make us care about their plight, to figure out how to save herself. Many aspects together work to make this a wonder of a film: tight, fluid pacing, a gorgeous, thumping yet dreamy synth score that ratchets up the tension and sets a beautifully ambient, and at times overbearingly ominous tone, and a genuine love of the genre and movies themselves, implemented into making this the best, scariest and most engrossing horror movie in a decade.
The Best Original American Horror Movie Since Insidious. (by robhartjr)
I heard of this movie many months before its release when I google searched Horror movies coming out in 2014 at the time. This was on many lists but I never really looked into it more until finally in 2015 it was announced that it would get a very limited theater release. I saw the glowing reviews and was envious that only 4 theaters would play it. Well apparently the movie had one of the best performances in such a small theater count that it was graced with a nationwide theater release soon after. I was glad that the trailers didn't give away much of the real scares because after <more>
leaving the theater from this movie I am still shocked at some of the images depicted in the film. -Plot- An attractive teenager meets a seemingly nice guy and they go on a few dates. After a bit they finally have sex. Suddenly she wakes up tied to a wheelchair by the young man. He tells her that he has passed on an entity to her through sex and that it will follow her at a walking pace until it kills her. It will take many different forms of random strangers or someone close to her. To make sure she believes him, he waits with her, still tied to the wheelchair until "it" comes. Then he quickly releases her and hopes for the best. That's the gist of the set up of the movie. Seeing all the reviews prior, I expected a good horror movie. In actuality, this is more than good, it's fantastic. The main cast are all teenagers, which could make the premise seem less scary, but boy does it all deliver. The movie has a retro feel at points with many of the best scenes using longshots that give it a roller-coaster feeling. The music ranges from terrifyingly loud but effective to soothing but creepy synths in the style of 80s classics. The opening sequence features one of the most terrifying images I've seen on the big screen. Every scene featuring "it" is executed masterfully and will have you on the edge of your seat. I will admit some of the secondary characters were annoying. The girl with glasses was pointless as she tried to be meaningful as she read quotes throughout the movie yet I just found her tiring quick. There are some scenes that did drag on a bit without much to offer and ended up feeling awkward. I think that a good 5 minutes worth of footage could have been taken out of the film and it would still be great. I'm not really complaining about it though, but I know that many others will. I would go as far as to say this is the "Drive" of horror movies. I mean that as a compliment. This movie will leave you with a sense of terror brooding in your stomach when you see someone blankly walking in your direction. I strongly think this movie could save the horror genre as it seems to be slipping in the past few years. I would strongly suggest you to see this in theaters if you are reading this while it is still in nationwide release. If you want a good scare then I'm urging you to experience this on the big screen. This movie really earns its R rating. There is no reason whatsoever to show this movie to anyone under the age of maybe 16 even with supervision. There is a lot of nudity and strong sexual moments not to mention the opening scene that I promise you will traumatize many viewers. Just bare with the movie in its slower moments because it's worth it all in the end. If you can't make it to the theater then I suggest you view the movie at home on a night where you can really sit back and relax with few distractions. Turn the volume up. Oh and watching this with a group can be fun depending on who its with. Just don't let your guard down afterwards when walking around in public, because It follows.
True horror fans will love it (by MoviesAreLife93)
It Follows is the most refreshingly terrifying horror movie I've seen in the last year.The movie begins on an exceptionally terrifying note, opening with a teenage girl fleeing from her house. She's running from someone - or something - but what? We have no earthly idea, but her fear infects us with an overwhelming and inexplicable terror. This opening scene sets the bar high for the rest of the movie, and we know that we will receive no mercy.Director David Robert Mitchell knows what he's doing here. He knows what scares you, and executes it perfectly. With camera-work that can <more>
only be described as "surreal", we feel as if we are in a 100 minute long nightmare. The worst nightmares are the ones you know you can't escape from - you can't move fast enough, no matter how hard you try. At the heart of the horror film lies this simple, terrible truth: You cannot escape death.In this nightmare, an inexplicable terror is following the protagonist. It's not a matter of WHAT is following her - per se - but rather WHEN it arrives. The inevitability of its coming is by far the most terrifying aspect of this movie. These are actors you've never seen before, yet characters you know personally. The music score is one you've never heard before, but one you will never forget. This movie is a nightmare that you can't wake up from, and it is scary as Hell. You might as well be tied to your seat, forced to watch as an unstoppable, grotesque, demon-like entity walks slowly toward you...closer...closer...and closer. This is how horror movies should be made. Fear should "follow" you, not "surprise" you. It Follows is easily one of the most terrifying horror movies of the decade. I recommend it 100%.
What modern horror has always been about! (by dccohen-1)
Caught 'It Follows' at TIFF Midnight Madness and it was a real treat. Not only is it a creative take on what has become a 'by the book' teen horror genre, but there are some legitimately creepy and tense scenes. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of 'It Follows' is that it is set in a timeless time, and feels closer to a fairy tale than anything else. We find cell phones mingling with black and white TVs, and there isn't a parental figure to be found when the going gets rough. This is a particularly clever move when the 'entity' in the film is also <more>
something we know nothing about, and potentially timeless! Most importantly, so much horror, particularly modern horror, is obsessed with sex. 'It Follows' plays on this concept with much success.
Will surely scare the daylight out of you // instagram: moviesmaniax (by moviesmaniax)
If The Sixth Sense scared the sh*t out of you when going to toilet at night, or Paranormal Activity made you afraid to stay at home alone, It Follows will definitely creep you out when walking back alone at night. After I saw this film, I would definitely run my ass off if I see anyone walking slowly behind me late at night. This film is a truly modern classic with its original and brilliant concept, all of which is put together nicely with its expertly directing and thought-provoking scares. The SCARES here are effective throughout thanks largely to its excellent soundtrack and intense sound <more>
effects that even though you can tell something is coming from its increasing volume of the music, but it will still effectively shock and gives you the chill down your spines when it happens. There are not many GORY scenes here but once it happens, it's definitely a terrifying one to look at. Overall, It Follows is not only the scariest film since The Conjuring but also one of the best ones worth watching before you die for its directing, concept, performance, music, etc, all of which comes together and works perfectly. It may have some funny moments along the way but once the scare comes, it's just expertly done and this film will surely scare the daylight out of you.>>A-<<
It Follows breathes new life into a dying genre (by lnvicta)
This is probably the best horror movie I've seen in the past decade. It Follows is a throwback to classic late '70s - '80s horror films and draws many comparisons to John Carpenter's style, from the music to the cinematography, and rather than appearing like a carbon copy or rehash of Halloween, director David Robert Mitchell executes this odd premise with such flair and finesse that you can't help but be refreshed by its cleverness. Everything about it works, from the brooding pace to the relatable characters, effortlessly sucking you into this gloomy world where STDs can <more>
pass on entities that follow you around no matter where you are. This is where most of the suspense comes from, because instead of relying on blood and shock value, It Follows is subtle and thought provoking - you never know where this thing is and it moves so slowly that you don't know when it will appear, and this uncertainty in waiting is what real suspense is all about. One aspect that stands out, apart from the brilliant writing and directing, is the musical score by Disasterpeace. It's absolutely gorgeous in the most ominous, haunting way you can imagine. It's retro but not dated - heavy on synths and low on bombast, it sets the eerie tone of the movie right from the get-go and elevates the film's effectiveness into the stratosphere. Even as a standalone listen the music is brilliant, but when juxtaposed with the bleak imagery and unnerving atmosphere, it's downright masterful.It Follows is not an overtly scary movie. It's a slowburner, and the emphasis on mood over jump scares makes it all the more terrifying. The acting is spot-on, the cinematography is glorious, the pacing is perfect - it's a breath of fresh air into the horror genre that has been on life-support for a while now. I can go on and on, but the thing to remember is that It Follows is not for everyone. If you're expecting this to be a paranormal slasher or something of the sort then you probably won't enjoy it. It's purely psychological, and these days, psychological horror is making a huge comeback. Last year we had The Babadook and this year the movie to beat is It Follows. Both movies are by new directors - Jennifer Kent and David Robert Mitchell respectively - which means they have their entire career ahead of them to rejuvenate the genre to the heights it used to reach. It Follows is a masterpiece in every respect and an absolute must-watch for horror fans that thought the genre was completely drained of originality. I can only imagine where horror will progress from here.
Inspired by 70's and 80's horror, it follows is a refreshing psychological horror film with a simple premise and a chilling concept. The cinematography is electrifying, every shot is beautiful and the score holds brilliance, it carries a very obvious John Carpenter vibe to it. The tension is raw, avoiding cheap jump scares and relies on music. Its eerie atmosphere is extremely effective keeping you inches above your seat for the majority of the runtime. The characters are interesting, providing depth and emotional attachment, most modern horror films seem to forget the importance of <more>
character development, its nice to see the genre hasn't completely lost it yet. There are several jumps scares, but they work, as they are not carried with unnecessary piecing music jolts but with the use of disturbing and sudden imagery.The only errors I could detect were the unconventional editing style, the transitions were a little dodgy lacking fluency, this left the film to appear choppy at times but this flaw can be easily forgiven. Its outstanding cinematography and soundtrack make up for this. The film leaves a daunting stain of disturbing after effects that follow you for a long while, with a constant reminder to always check behind your back. An exceptional low budget indie horror film, strongly recommend.
It Follows is a horror film made for horror fans, and it's about time one of those came around again.This is a movie that was light on the jump scares, which is a delightful change of pace. In the past few years more and more horrors have relied on jump scares to make up for the true scariest part of any horror film, the sense of dread. Dread is felt in this movie almost immediately because it combines so well with the tone, another forgotten about ingredient in horrors.There is no real way to explain the plot of this film without it coming across like a more twisted game of <more>
"tag," which played a part in exactly how many people I could talk into seeing it after the mixed feelings from the trailer. That being said, the film breaks a lot of the norms set by today's "scary" films. This is a movie that knows what it's doing, and its main concern is to make the audience feel as if they are a part of the experience with the sense of realism. With the enemy being as far-fetched as it may come across in conversation, it's easy to get caught up in the surroundings of the characters looking for "it." Having to watch over the characters' shoulders throughout the movie makes it all the more frightening when something IS seen, and there's never a sense of safety.It Follows takes a good deal from the greats in the horror genre, namely Halloween. I recall a great deal of times thinking "wait, that was in Halloween," where the background is scarier than what could pop up out of the shadows with some loud sound surrounding it. The score in this movie is simply unnerving and remarkable. It adds to the tone and creates an even more frightening and uncomfortable feeling when "it" has appeared. It was as if I were watching a great Carpenter movie in the theater, and it's been a great while since such a possessing and haunting score has come along. It truly is like another character in the movie, but used so well it adds to already-present uneasy feeling that one has while watching.It Follows delivers where other recent horrors have failed, it creates memorable moments and characters which the audience feels for. Also unlike recent films, there is no way to predict what direction the movie will take, and there is finally not a completely predictable ending. Horror movies have taken easy ways out and desensitized the audience throughout by having things jump on screen which make the "big moments" feel insignificant and forgettable because audiences have been jumped at so much they just don't care anymore and they're ready to see "the monster die" I'm oversimplifying of course, but the intent is clear . Meanwhile, this film has quietly some of the most memorable terrifying sequences of the decade thus far.Of course, I'd have a useless review if I didn't address the performances of It Follows. All of the other elements I've brought up in the review were almost created by, and greatly assisted by, the acting. If the acting is bad which is a common thing in horrors , then it's hard to make anything else believable, which distances the audiences and takes away a lot of the sense of terror. The acting is so real by the cast that they make this plot seem genuine. They're not the usual teens that the audience can scream "why did they not think of.." or "I would've.." at. They address the horrifying situations as real people would, they're not magically filled with some convenient insight and they're not face-palmingly idiotic, either.In a year filled with soon-to-be many blockbusters and money makers, It Follows will be remembered by many as one of the best of the year. It is a film that embodies all things horror, and pays great homage to what made people adore the genre. Like a good brand of medication, without the side-effects, It Follows is what the genre needed and is, to me, one of the best horror films of the decade to this point. With all of the key ingredients in place, we've got a great film here. 9/10.