It Follows

It Follows Car Wheelchair Tarantino Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Bailey Spry, Debbie Williams, Ruby Harris, Leisa Pulido, Ele Bardha

It Follows: after sleeping with her new boyfriend a teen picks up a curse where a shape-shifting demon will always follow her, at walking pace, until it kills her or she bangs the curse in to someone else (an STD – Sexually Transmitted Demon – if you will). It sounds like an average idea for a horror film, but the execution is outstanding: taking this one simple (but powerful) idea and drawing tension, scares, and thrills from it. Like all of the best horror pictures it  also works as a thinking film, steeped in subtext and wide open to interpretation and analysis. It lets the audience consider how they would handle It – would you try to outrun it, or it pass on, or just kill yourself?!?! Shunning almost everything that makes modern horrors lazy, it boasts a nostalgic ‘classic’ suburban horror setting where people used landlines, CRT TVs, Polaroids, and eerie synth dominated the score (although they could just be modern hipsters?) Other than a couple of early ‘cattle prod’ moments, the thrills come from the atmosphere and suspense of ‘It’ – and the zombie-like relentless shuffle towards the camera. In saying that, the film could have done with a few more ‘chase’ scenes or false demons walking around; if only to capitalise on the eerie vibe sustained by the director. Also, “It” is not always following, which is weird – it’s apparently scared of water & hospitals, or just hangs around on rooftops or at the back of cinemas when it can’t be assed pursuing. The direction is very strong: solid camerawork, paired with the perfectly captured suburban and run-down areas of Detroit – which all come together to give the film an authenticity. If it wasn’t for a few flashes of gore and gratui-tits this could be the scariest PG movie ever made. IT Follows is nothing short of a miracle given the state of modern horror – Insidious 9, Paranormal Inactivity 13, Texas Chainsaw 17 – it’s genuinely atmospheric & scary, avoids cheap shocks, and lingers with you long after.

Score: 8/10

My solution: fly to another country, bang a young hooker, she passes it on almost immediately, and the curse will keep going back to said prostitute every time the unlucky john dies.

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13 comments
  1. This is the first horror movie I’ve seen in years that actually haunted me long after watching it. Even reading your review gives me chills!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      That moment when the ‘Tall Man’ comes through the door was the best scare I can remember seeing in a modern movie! Great concept.

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  2. I loved this film! I think it brings up interesting ideas about sex and its consequences

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s a good twist on the idea that everyone in a horror film that has sex dies, and the virgin is the one that wins. Thought it may have gone a little too far in the ‘Sex is a terrible idea’ way though. Wouldn’t want to be a horny teenager after watching this!

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  3. Jaina said:

    It Follows is a brilliant horror film – to use a cliched term, a breath of fresh air for horror films. Like you’ve mentioned, it’s filled with actual suspense. Few of the usual loud noise + jump moments. Loved everything about this horror film. Wish there were more well thought out films like this one.

    PS. Great solution ;)

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      May not be the most dignified way to pass the curse on, but it’s the best I could think of (other than winning the lottery and just jetting about for the rest of your life).

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  4. I’m right with you. It Follows is a brilliant piece of horror. The execution is magnificent and like you say, it functions as a “thinking” film. Great review.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Thanks Wendell. Goes to show that ideas and execution can make better horror films than buckets of blood!

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  5. Dan O. said:

    Smart, tense and scary, but without ever being too flashy. Nice review.

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  6. I really enjoyed It Follows, it really earned all the praise it got, I thought it wasn’t particularly scary, but it was very clever and original to me which is rare for horror films these days. A really good movie.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. Ben said:

    My method was to buy a house in Australia. Fly over and in the years or so that “It” finally catches up with me, fly back to the UK. Then repeat.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Good idea, but not enough nookie (and passing it on) for my liking. I also wonder if ‘IT’ can board a plane, or would just have to walk on the seabed – and hopefully get stuck in the mariana trench. Also I wonder what would happen if you outlived everyone else, then died….

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