Welcome horror fans! Well Old Man Feind has heard of ton of buzz about this little indie horror flick so did it live up to the hype? Look behind you because…
Ok, so if you’re a horror fan who isn’t living under a rock somewhere you’ve probably heard the hype surrounding It Follows as I heard plenty and I don’t exactly go looking for it. I’m always leery when I hear a lot of hype about how good a horror movie is because I find it rarely lives up to it. The premise sounded interesting and at least something I haven’t seen a million times already. That premise is a simple one, essentially It Follows is about a sexually transmitted demon without being a story of possession. Interested? Well so was I but did It Follows live up to all the accolades I had heard heaped upon it?
The short over simplistic answer is NO. Is It Follows still worthy of your little horror loving peepers? Yes. Jay (Maika Monroe) is supposed to be the pretty one that all the guys want and all her girlfriends want to be. Jay is definitely pretty but I just didn’t see her as being that beautiful which hurts the story slightly but that’s just me. Jay meets Jeff (later finding out his real name is Hugh played by Jake Weary) for a movie date but when Jeff is apparently uncomfortable in the theater they go for a drive leading to a one night stand because well let’s face it, Jay is kind of an easy girl. All seems well until “Jeff” chloroforms Jay and she wakes a short time later tied to an office chair in an abandoned building. Jeff hastily tells her that he is sorry but he has passed along an entity to her that will follow her everywhere she goes and can appear as anyone and that it will be trying to kill her. He tells her to sleep with someone else as soon as possible to pass it along to them staying long enough for the entity to show up so she knows the threat is real then he takes off with her hastily dropping her off at home. The police are called but since the story is ridiculous and she wasn’t raped there is really nothing for them to do plus Jeff is not really Jeff and is nowhere to be found.
It doesn’t take Jay long to find out that the entity or demon is following her everywhere she goes getting more and more persistent in trying to get at her. Her friends aren’t much help since only Jay can see the demon so she just seems crazy but they help her figure out that Jeff was really a guy named Hugh from another school across town and track him down. Hugh tells them the demon was passed to him on a one night stand again telling her she needs to pass it along before the thing kills her because then it will come back to him and on down the line it has been passed. Now most would be happy to pass it along but this is a horror movie so Jay struggles with giving this curse to someone else. After she and her friends are attacked by “It” on a beach outing Jay crashes her friend’s car trying to speed away. Finally deciding that yes, perhaps she should pass it along. Paul (Keir Gilchrist) desperately wants Jay ever since she kissed him once in grade school or something but Jay chooses Greg (Daniel Zovatto) who somehow doesn’t really believe the story even after all that has happened to this point. You can guess how stupid that is.
There is still plenty I haven’t spoiled here and you’ll have to go watch it to see just how interesting this idea is to you. In the end I like that this is a pretty original idea, kind of a different take on the demon that passes from one person to the next like in the Denzel Washington flick Fallen (another Feind favorite) but I really don’t see what all the buzz is about, sorry. It Follows was basically a mash up of The Ring with Fallen to me so nice original concept but not really scary though I will give the writer/director David Robert Mitchell kudos for not resorting to cheap jump scares. This film may make you jump out of your seat a few times but not because of some lame ass jump scare of the demon jumping out at you. It would have been easy to do that ad nauseum in this one and I’m glad to see a horror director resist that temptation. I think the main reason I was a bit underwhelmed after all the hype is not because It Follows wasn’t good but in the end I just didn’t care if any of these characters lived or not. I wasn’t exactly rooting for them to die but I wasn’t rooting for them to live either. That’s probably more my own personal taste coming into play than anything wrong with the film as you may easily feel differently and that’s perfectly fine. I can say The Scribbler Clock Test was never in question as my attention was held throughout easily. For me It Follows was a solid 3 out of 5 thus meaning that it is…
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