No Escape – It Follows (2014)

An original.  So this is about a young woman (Maika Monroe) who unwittingly makes the biggest mistake of her life: she has sex.  Soon after the deed, she starts to be slowly pursued by a mysterious supernatural entity.  If there’s one thing I get excited for, it’s an original horror piece.  If something can truly affect me viscerally to the point where I am covering my eyes, that’s where I award points within the genre.  I can say without hesitation that It Follows is highly probable to wind up being the best horror movie of the year, not that it looks like there’s going to be a whole lot of competition for the title.

follows 2Unless the Poltergeist remake brings it, but it’s probably just going to be jump scare city.

It pulls you in right away, presenting a situation where you are really not given a whole lot details, you’re just thrust right in the thick of it.  It’s all amplified by this pulse pounding synthesizer score, and while I am unfamiliar with Richard Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace), I can say that this is the kind of work that guarantees him a bright future.  It helps to underscore this feeling of dread that is ever-present throughout, and that is the biggest thing this film has going for it: while you may be able to delay your demise, it’s eventually going to catch up with you.  They are very clear in setting up the rules to this universe because this entity can look like anyone, almost utilizing dream logic for what’s ultimately coming.  It adds such a great dynamic to it, because you are constantly looking in the background, looking for the one person that’s out of place.  While the entity is only coming for you at a slow lumber, it’s kind of like slow moving zombie rationale: it may not be today or even tomorrow, but it’s going to get to you eventually, and that’s what I admire the most about this: the captured feeling of inevitability.

followsHold on to your V-card as long as you can.

You can interpret metaphor here if you like, and this is the most effective abstinence video that you could possibly show to your children.  I love that they don’t ruin what they have here by overexplaining it, because much like real life, the less you know about something mysterious, the scarier it has the potential to be.  It’s an innovative concept, and once it starts, it doesn’t let up as you watch this girl get pushed to the brink of madness.  If suspenseful horror is your thing, you should go out of your way to check this out, because quality wise, I’d say this is right up there with The Babadook, which is good company to have.

It Follows (2014) ****

– Critic for Hire

Want to see where this fell in my list of best films of the 2015?  See for yourself here.

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