Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Horror Movies Are Still Scary - A Review of It Follows!

Finding a good horror flick with actual scares is hard to find these days, especially with all the unneeded remakes as well as the unwatchable PG-13 found footage ones. In my opinion, the horror genre took a turn for the worse when Scream was released in the middle '90s; though there are a few exceptions, such as Rob Zombie's Halloween, The Conjuring, The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil and Trick'r Treat.

And then there is this year's It Follows, a low-budget independent horror film that frightened moviegoers earlier this year. Sure, it only made over $18 million, but it's budget was around $2 million.

Written & directed by David Robert Mitchell, the film stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Oliva Luccardi and Lili Sepe.

I occasionally search the internet about upcoming horror movies, so I was more than aware of all the buzz around It Follows way before it was released to theaters this past spring. I very seldom go to a  movie theater, so I patiently waited for it to arrive on DVD.

The film centers on a college student named Jay (played by Maika Monroe) going on a date from hell with her new boyfriend, Hugh (played by Jake Weary). He knocks her out with chloroform. Then she wakes up tied to a wheelchair in an abandoned building. This is when she learns that Hugh is passing a curse onto her, so for the time being he will be free of it.

The curse can take the appearance of any person and if it gets to you, then you'll die. The only way to escape it is to have sex with someone and pass the curse on to them; though if that person happens to die, then the curse comes back to you.

Yes, this is one of the creepiest movie that I've seen in a long time. The tone and atmosphere reminds me of John Carpenter's Halloween (which happens to be my favorite movie). The music throughout the flick will easily give you goose bumps. Consider this is the horror film with a cast of unknowns, the acting is pretty decent. The only complaint I have about the film is the cliched ending that is setting up for some sort of sequel. Overall, if you're looking for a frightening film to watch this Halloween, then It Follows will get the job done.

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