It Follows review

Director
Andy Fickman
Cast:
Kevin James
Raini Rodriguez
David Henrie
Neal McDonough
Rated: R

An unstoppable evil entity is the antagonist in “It Follows,” a movie that is a throwback to the horror movies of the late 70s/early 80s. The film is about Jay (Monroe), a woman dating a man named Hugh (Weary). After the two have sex, Hugh informs Jay that he has actually passed on the evil spirit that had been following him.

Now the entity, which can take on the appearance of anybody, is following Jay and she has to discover how she can stay one step ahead.

“It Follows” did something that many horror movies shy away from now a days, which is to not rely on cheap jump scares from beginning to end. Instead, this movie focuses more on slow build ups, camera work and music to make a quality creepy atmosphere which leads to a great spine-tingling experience.

From beginning to end, there is a feeling of dread, with the camera forcing the audience to keep an eye out for people in the background, never knowing what will happen next. It’s a movie that really keeps a person guessing and the final shot of the movie is creepy and ambiguous.

The characters, for a horror movie, worked very well. Instead of the characters simply being tropes, the ones in “It Follows” actually seem like sensible people in peril. They make a few decisions that are probably mistakes, however, compared to some other horror movies out there, these people here are actually pretty relatable.

This is especially true for Jay played by Monroe, who seemed much more compelling than a typical “final girl” sort of character.

The story and characters are backed up by the great camera work, though. There are many shots where a figure is slowly approaching and the tension just builds.
The music was also a beneficial factor, with much of the score being creepy coming in at the best possible moments.

“It Follows” is one of the best horror movies in the past couple years. There are some flaws in the movie, the last few scenes could have been a bit tighter and some of the supporting cast is dull at times, but for the most part everything really works. It may not be the scariest movie of all time, but it still is really creepy and the entertainment value is worth the price of admission. 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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