March 27th, 2015
I wouldn’t normally go to the cinema to see a horror, but a friend highly recommended seeing ‘It Follows’. And it was surprisingly brilliant.
I don’t want to give too much away as that’s the thrill of the film, particularly its strange and slightly hilarious story-line. The film begins in classic horror fashion with a distressed girl fleeing from her house running away from something. The only thing is we can’t see what is chasing her. In fact, nobody can except her and others who have also been victims of, wait for it...the sexually transmitted ghostly demon that follows and intends to kill its protagonists. So girl sleeps with a boy who has this unseen force following him, gives it to her and the only way to get rid of it is to sleep with someone else. Even then, if that next person is killed by ‘it’, it will return to the previous carrier and the one before and so on. So once ‘it follows’ you, you’ll be looking over your shoulder for life.
A completely bizarre plot but it works. Writer-director David Robert Mitchell adopts a retro approach and takes inspiration from some of the creepiest 80s horror classics. With ‘it’ appearing in the form of the victim’s relative, friend or complete stranger only with a grotesque and almost always nude figure, slowly walking towards them, it does make for some disturbing viewing. Its artfully crafted eerie atmosphere is made even more haunting by the score and its crescendo outbursts, making those jump out of your seat moments even more harrowing.
Receiving rave reviews at Cannes and being labelled as the scariest horror in decades. So as ridiculous as it may sound in being a potential metaphor for an STD ghost, it’s not only perfect date night material, but is a gripping, brilliantly made film.