Any time you set a horror movie in modern day Detroit, you already have the perfect backdrop to scare the shit out of your audience. Couple that with a mesmerizing score by Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace), and you got the base for a lovely broth of horror soup. Now, if we sprinkle in some decent acting amidst an innovative plot – We’re really cooking up a recipe for something that might be worthy of a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Our main character, Jay(Maika Monroe) and her sister in the film, Kelly (Lili Sepe) both do a fine job of playing our teenage damsels in distress. The male actors were also fine, but not worthy of pictures or more elaboration than this sentence.
The plot of the film could easily be mistaken for that of a porn. The only way for a young girl to temporarily get rid of a curse is to fuck people and pass the curse on to them. She quickly finds out she prefers fucking total strangers. Speaking of which, major plot hole here, since she could have bought herself a lot of time by simply indulging in a random gangbang. Maybe I just spoiled the sequel.
The movie is actually pretty tame in the gore/body count department – And it wasn’t really all that terrifying. For my money, the most disgusting scene in the film is when Velma from Scooby Doo is masticating on a tuna sandwich at the hospital. The audio in this scene is beyond repugnant.
Unfortunately for It Follows, the horror convention of weirdo young kids and fucked up old people never seems to freak me out. But, it makes the most of its small budget with supreme tension building and an intriguing plot.
Giving the tuna a run for its money – It didn’t hit me that I witnessed a boy getting raped to death by his ghost mom until the morning after I watched this, and was casually discussing it with someone. Not sure what that spoiler means as far as my review, but I felt compelled to throw it out there.
The movie holds a tight grip throughout, right up until the end, when I felt supremely disappointed. There had been so much interesting writing all the way through, I guess someone just ran out of gas, and ended up consulting the writers from the final season of Lost. In summary, if you like your tits perky and your cgi to a minimum, get out your wallet and leave with about 2 minutes left in the run time.
Overall Rating : 6.8/10