I had some time over the last few weeks to go check out It Follows, and even though I was interested in checking the movie out prior to seeing it, I was still really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The ‘it’ in It Follows works like a sexually transmitted disease-causing a mysterious being that can take the form of any person, and it follows the person relentlessly until it gets them. By get I mean kill, obviously. Once that person is got, it will go backwards down the line to the last person who contracted the sexually transmitted Ringu like curse.
It Follows isn’t like many of the other horror movies popular today, actually it’s more like the horror movies that were popular in the late 70’s early 90’s. Many of the shots and angles reference older horror movies such as Halloween, and similarly do not rely on jump scares to frighten the audience. The music is especially ‘retro’, and probably my favorite part of the movie, the music provided by Disasterpeace is excellent.
I wouldn’t exactly call the movie terrifying, but it’s certainly creepy, and it maintains that creepiness throughout the entire movie. Story elements aren’t presented to you in obvious ways, and some of the more important elements are left for you to figure out through imagery and interpretation.
I’d highly recommend this movie if you like story driven horror vs visual horror scares, and enjoy movies like The Ring and Teeth. If you are looking for a fast pace gory type of horror then this film may not be for you.