I’m sorry. I had to get that out of my system.
You should have seen me coming out of the cinema after viewing this.
So what’s it about? After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19 year old Jay (Maika Monroe) finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her.
A tedious, dull, and horrific affair . . . for all the wrong reasons.
Now credit where it’s due. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell has a fresh premise at his fingertips.
Playing on teen fears and safe sex was a good little hook and when IT does appear, things do get a little tense and interesting. Weird but interesting.
It’s a shame that IT only appears for a total of 20-odd minutes in a 100 minute movie.
Rich Vreeland composed a fantastic haunting score that was nostalgic of the old school 80s horror flicks.
The creepy electro keyboard playing added much needed tension to this flaccid film.
The agonizingly slow opening sequence showed potential as we see an earlier victim desperately try to escape IT.
It did come off a little comical. I mean, she actually runs around in a circle. That is because IT is following her.
Irritatingly, we can’t see it. However, my interest was piqued.
BUT alas, we are left with Monroe (The Guest) moping around, faffing about in a swimming pool and staring at herself in the mirror.
I’m not kidding. Monroe must have spent a full minute of screen time staring at the mirror.
She plays the vulnerable female lead that was common in the old 80s horror flicks very well. I just wish her character wasn’t so dreary.
We are subjected to her droll relationship with Jake Weary’s Hugh. Things only really kick off when they get jiggy. No, not like that.
Before we know it, Monroe’s Jay is strapped in a wheelchair and given rules about IT.
IT WILL FOLLOW YOU. DON’T LET IT TOUCH YOU. DON’T GO IN A ROOM WITH ONE EXIT. YOU WILL SEE IT. IT WILL COME IN DIFFERENT FORMS.
You get the picture. Suspenseful, strange but engaging.
However, we get more mindless exposition, endless walking, driving and more talking.
This is all relieved by the sudden appearance of IT. Bizarrely in the form of a nude old person. WTF?
Or some demented giant? He looked like Carel Struycken from Twin Peaks.
What baffled me was how IT kills. Apparently in different ways.
Because the opening victim *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* was dismembered. What happens to another character was just plain weird. A sexed up version of The Ring. Without going into too much information. Demented.
The beach sequence was racy, tense and had me a little on edge.
IT finally making a proper impact. A clever little bit of special effects made for a surprise moment.
If only every scene was like that, I would have been satisfied.
The finale did get a little better with some well built suspense BUT the ending was terrible!
It just ended so abruptly and predictably. That’s the problem with these horror films. There’s only ever two outcomes and neither were going to be that rewarding.
BUT if the ride is worth the hype than it doesn’t matter.
A real shame after a couple of scary turns, this ride just strolls along to its stop.
Seriously, the conversations between Jay’s friends was just so monotonous. I could feel life (well, time . . . and patience) slipping away from me.
The only conversation that was worth noting was when they realise that IT can be passed through the activity of sexual intercourse. Fancy wording there.
If you were looking for a PR piece for safe sex then IT FOLLOWS would be perfect.
Keir Gilchrist’s (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) Paul was such a bland character. His constant lovesick puppy expression and drooling over Jay only suggested only one outcome for the poor boy. So predictable.
Olivia Luccardi’s character was one of the most useless and annoying friends going. I was praying for IT to come and get her.
All she did was moan, sleep, eat and scream. Textbook horror victim. I forgot her character’s name from all the excitement.
I am glad to see that people are going back to the classics and trying to rework that magic.
BUT you can’t just rip it off with bland characters, slow brooding shots and a haunting track. You need the suspense, the tension and the interest!
DISAPPOINTED? Not even close.
One of the most striking American horror movies in years? Compared to the drivel of the last few years. I can see that. BUT against the greats? Not even in the same league.
1 – for the premise
1 – for the scares that got me