Because seriously guys, just go see it.
As a devout horror fan, it is with great pleasure that I am writing this after just watching a midnight showing of this sure-to-be cult classic. I have not enjoyed a horror film this much since 2013’s You’re Next, and if you enjoyed that, then you will definitely enjoy It Follows.
Warning: this film is not a good first date movie, due to a simple but effective plot device. In the world of the film, anyone infected via sexual intercourse is followed by a thing that can resemble someone you know or a complete stranger, and it will stop at nothing to kill you.
…unless you have sex with another person, thus transferring your affliction to them.
Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and starring Maiki Monroe (The Guest), It follows has all the makings of a future cult classic — and Mitchell already shows signs of being the next John Carpenter or Wes Craven. He masterfully knows when to hold a shot just a second longer to make you feel uncomfortable, instantly amplifying the tension to unbearable levels. I literally had red marks on the inside of my forearms from crossing them so tightly during one of the film’s more manic scenes. Like Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm street, Mitchell picked the perfect cast. I believed these were real teenagers friends, not some casting call result of the current corporate horror movie of the month (looking at you, Ouija).
The score of It Follows is a love letter to my favorite genre of music: 80s Carpenter synth! Composed by Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace), it instantly creates tension, dread, and any other emotion he wants you to feel. For younger Laser-ites, I can most compare it to the Hotline Miami soundtrack. Disasterpeace’s score is the heart and soul of this film, and without it, I’m not sure I would have liked it as much.
I can one hundred percent recommend this film, and I urge every horror fan to seek out and support what is so far my favorite horror film of the year. If this is your first foray into independent horror, I also recommend checking out Director Ti West’s The House of the Devil or the previously mentioned You’re Next.
Article by contributor Moan4Stallone.