It Follows (2015)
When teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with a guy she is dating, he ties her up to a wheelchair and professes that he has passed on a curse to her through having sex. He tells her that a strange entity/demon will be following her, always walking after her, and if it were to reach her, she will be killed. The only way to pass on the curse is to sleep with someone else, but she needs to make sure they continue to pass it on because if it were to kill someone further down the chain, it will begin to haunt the previous person again and it will never stop!
Sounds like a stupid premise right? Well, according to reviews, this movie hit big last year at Cannes and everyone can’t stop talking about how scary this movie is so I had to give it a view! My overall consensus isn’t good… here is why…
Set in what appears to be Detroit (8 mile reference) in the 1980s, It Follows just isn’t a scary movie. I’ve read the reviews and I just didn’t see how it was “terrifying” and “horrifying.” I was sooooooo ready to be freaked out by this movie! I will give it props for being original, however, I did notice how it tried to mooch off the love that most 80s horror movies get (and it’s not even a movie made in the 80s.) I want horror movies to chill me to the bone. I want the hair to raise on my arms. I want to go home and HAVE to keep the lights on. However, at no point while watching this movie did I feel dread or fear, and I’m pretty sure I have a good idea why. Special Effects… Let me elaborate. When you are watching a movie with a huge budget, anything is possible with special effects. Super freaky ghosts can come flying out of the wall, sequences with gore can be ramped up a degree, and in your mind, anything could happen. The possibilities are endless (even though they really fall back on clichés but that’s another discussion entirely.) There came a point in this movie when I realized that anything pertaining to the demon “walking” around was portrayed as an actor dressed all in white with ghoulish make-up on. I realized that any incarnations that could potentially scare me never manifest because the demon was always going to look human. That isn’t scary at all to me especially with all the zombie movies and tv shows around.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if this kind of thing were to happen to me in real life, it would scare the shit out of me, but as a movie, and watching a character run away from a walking person that only she could see, it almost put me to sleep. There isn’t a true climatic ending to bring this story to a head, and when the movie did end, I felt like there was MUCH more that needed to be explained. I’m not saying this movie is a bad movie, because I can see how many people will enjoy this, but I needed more. This movie is basically rated R because of unnecessary nudity so if you cut that out, this movie becomes a lackluster, PG-13, semi-horror, semi-thriller that bores rather than scares. After all the hype, I can’t believe this simple movie is praised so highly. I just don’t get it… then again, I didn’t get The Guest last year either and people called that good. My advice is to go put on Sinister if you want a movie that will chill you to your core! It’s just sad that yet another horror movie has come with high praise and I still find myself unimpressed. Co-starring Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, and Olivia Luccardi.
5/10 Stars – There might be a scene or 2 that caused me to be mildly concerned, but otherwise this movie bored me. It is not scary, terrifying or anything to fear!