It Follows was a film that just kind of showed up and caught the attention of horror fans almost overnight. The film followed a young girl who contracts a sort of supernatural STD, when she sleeps with a man she goes out on a date with then is told that ‘It’ will continue to follow her until she slept with someone else and passes it onto someone else. I really liked the film but I did have some problems with it, the same problems Quentin Tarantino confessed during an interview with Vulture.
“It’s one of those movies that’s so good that you start getting mad at it for not being great. The fact that he didn’t take it all the way makes me not just disappointed but almost a little angry. Mitchell broke his mythology left, right, and center. We see how the bad guys are: they’re never casual. They’re never just hanging around. They’ve always got that one look and they always just progressively move toward you,” he continued.
“Yet in the movie theater, the guy thinks he sees the woman in the yellow dress and the girl goes, ‘What woman?’ Then he realizes that it’s the follower. So he doesn’t realize it’s the follower upon just looking at her? She’s just standing in the doorway of the theater, smiling at him, and he doesn’t immediately notice her? You would think that he, of anybody, would know how to spot those things as soon as possible. We spotted them among the extras.”
This was just the beginning of some of the problems with the film as the The Django Unchained director then went on to his issues with the story line that didn’t add up. “The movie keeps on doing things like that, not holding on to the rules that it sets up. Like, okay, you can shoot the bad guys in the head, but that just works for 10 seconds? Well, that doesn’t make any fucking sense. What’s up with that? And then, all of a sudden, the things are aggressive and they’re picking up appliances and throwing them at people? Now they’re strategising? That’s never been part of it before. I don’t buy that the thing is getting clever when they lower him into the pool. They’re not clever.”
Tarantino then concluded by pointing out the flaws in the main character too, and the decisions she made towards the end of the film. “Also, there’s the gorgeously handsome, geeky boy — and everyone’s supposed to be ignoring that he’s gorgeous, because that’s what you do in movies — that kid obviously has no problem having sex with her and putting the thing on his trail. He’s completely down with that idea.”
“So wouldn’t it have been a good idea for her to f*** that guy before she went into the pool, so then at least two people could see the thing? It’s not like she’d have been tricking him into it. It’s what I would’ve done.”
As I’ve stated, I really did enjoy the film but I also had to warn people that it was an art house horror film and quite frankly many just wouldn’t get it, but the issues QT had I carried myself. It was frustrating the way David Robert Mitchell breaks his own rules and doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp on his world and rules. If you love scary movies and are just a movie buff in general I do recommend checking it out you won’t hate yourself for the time spent watching the film, but you do wish it had just been a better then the final product.
I want you to take a moment and look either to your left or right, find a point ten…maybe even twenty feet away from where you are right. Now I want you to imagine someone is walking towards you, slowly and you know without any doubt that when that person is within reach they are going to kill you…violently. So naturally you run, drive, even fly, but one day you’re lucky and you see someone walking towards you, slowly. with that same look on their face. It can look like a complete stranger, a best friend, your mother, sister, brother, daughter, son anyone, it is still coming, no matter how far you run, and it’s going to kill you.
This is the plot behind the latest horror film It Follows, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell which stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe, find Jay (Maika Monroe) who is just recently out of high attending college and starting to date more. She goes out with a handsome young man named Hugh, on which one night she sleeps with him. Hugh drugs her and Jay wakes up in a wheelchair where Hugh begins to explain that since they slept together he’s passed something to her. It will follow her, where ever she goes with the soul intent of killing her and she can pass it to anyone else, all she has to do is have sex. If she doesn’t, It will kill her then move backwards down the line of recipients of this “curse”.
Here lies my problem with this movie, the idea is pretty solid, something following you, walking very slowly can kill you and no matter how hard you try to run it will keep following you, even if you “give” it to someone else (and no the STD metaphor isn’t lost on me) it could still come back for you if the person you gave it to dies, so you spend the rest of your life, looking over your shoulder, wondering if It has finally come for you. This in itself is pretty terrifying but it does raise many questions and things that just don’t make much sense. In the beginning you see a pretty brutal ending to someone who gave up and allowed It to get her, but later on in the movie when you actually see it take someone it’s way to comical to be taken seriously.
Despite that, the movie does have some pretty freaky moments, and the movie is just dripping with love for late 70’s and 80’s horror films. The cars, the houses, the costumes, and the lack of parents all scream 80’s horror which I really enjoyed since David Robert Mitchell managed to show his love for the time frame without being gimmicky about it. We didn’t see any of the kids playing with a rubik’s cube, Star Wars t-shirts, etc.
I enjoyed It Follows, for it’s pretty freaky atmosphere and the overall layout of the plot, but it’s really hard to recommend this to anyone other then straight horror fans or the art house crowd. This isn’t your typical mainstream horror movie and so I feel a warning should be in place. If you’re a horror movie fan and you love movies, you pay attention to editing, how shots are set up then this film is for you, if you’re just your casual movie goer then I would tell you to wait until you can rent this, but my feelings, despite this and the fact that it doesn’t appear that the lore of this monster and how this all works wasn’t thought out that well I would still give this 3 1/2 stars out of 5.