After its short time in theaters, It Follows may have already cemented itself as a horror classic in a time where scaring audience members has fallen victim to repeated plot scenarios and tiresome clichés for the last decade.
The premise is fresh, the plot is enticing, and It is downright creepy. A forewarning: be mindful of what you’re about to go see. If you plan on bringing a date you may regret it, because you may not, “get the romance you want” out of it, or quite possibly never again after that.
In a small suburb outside Detroit we have Jay Height (Maika Monroe), a beautiful blonde teenager with the world at her doorstep. Later, she goes out with a boy named Hugh (Jake Weary), who pursues her passionately, but there is something odd about him.
How would you feel if a guy took you out to the movies and then without a moment’s notice dragged you out of the theater hastily, before the previews even started?
They go out a second time, and like all teenagers in horror movies, they did what teenagers in horror movies do. But immediately after, she gets drugged by Hugh and tied down to a wheelchair, not for the reasons that come to mind, mind you.
It Follows is a monster movie, but the thing is, you don’t know what It is. You are left completely in the dark to its origin. The theme is: it follows, and that is what you do know. The pace of the movie is the pace of the monster that you are constantly on the edge of you chair looking for. It’s a stranger in the crowd, or It could be a distant figure walking in the background, but Its coming right at you.
The best part about this horror flick is that it gets you involved. You are constantly looking, peering into the background awaiting the oncoming danger, and it connects you to the characters to. You are looking out for them like they are for themselves.
This translates off-screen too. I’ll bet that you’ll take a glance or two over your shoulder as you leave the theater. It could be a stranger at Dipson Theaters, a face in the crowd or even someone you love. The staying power of this film is real, because it follows you, all the way home, and it still follows you as you lull yourself to sleep.
Rating: 3.5/4 Stars