Review: It Follows (2014)


I feel like I had been waiting for a long time to see It Follows.  Truth is, it really hasn’t been that long.  I stumbled on a copy at a local movie rental place for 6 bucks, so I thought, why not?  Everyone was raving about “It Follows” on the Internet and I just had to see it.  I originally planned to watch and make it a part of my 31 Days of Horror for Rage of Rayzor back in October, but here we are.  It Follows could pop up during 31 Nights of Horror here at the Horror Syndicate in October.

There may be spoilers ahead, so you have been warned.

The movie begins with a frantic girl running up and down her street out of her house.  Then she runs back into her house and the back out and gets in her car and drives away.  My wife and I looked at each other and said slowly, “Ok?”  Then she is sitting on a beach calling her father.  She also, had high heel shoes on, which was odd.  She dies, but how?

From there the movie becomes a little more innocent, following a girl named “Jay”.  She is hanging out in her, as my wife noted, “dirty pool” and her 58178-300x188sister has some friends over.  Jay goes on a date with a guy name Hugh.  The are standing in line waiting to buy a ticket to see a movie.  The play a game, “who would you rather be”.  When Hugh guesses a girl in the yellow dress for Jay.  She does not see the girl.  Hugh freaks out and they leave.  Eventually the two have sex and “It” is passed to Jay from Hugh.  This is where the movie takes off, kinda.

Rather than spoil the rest of the film, I will go on and talk about the elements.

The film has and overall feeling of creepiness, it feels eerie and you are constantly looking over Jay’s shoulder to see if “It” is coming.  The movie had a really strange feel, you could not place the time period, it looked 80s, but it seemed to be set in a more current time.  The creepy feeling from the score also gave it a more “retro” horror film feel.  In some ways, there were times it looked like Dario Argento’s films could have influenced the film maker.  Parts of the score felt like they were out of an Italian horror film, watch the trailer and you will get it.

I overall enjoyed the movie.
It did seem to drag a little and there were some things that are confusing, leaving questions. But I don’t want a sequel.  The score and the eerie feeling that surrounded the film, were brilliant.
Original?  Somewhat, “It Follows” reminded me a little of the Ring, in that there is something coming for you and you know it is coming.  There is no escape.  But also, somewhat similar and another film, possibly Final Destination, when people escape “Death” is continues to stalk them.  Maybe that is a stretch.

I am going to recommend “It Follows”.  It was a good horror film and for sure can give you the creeps.  It would be a good date movie, this has “date movie” written all over it.  Does it live up to the cover review?  Yes, it is one of the most striking American Horror films in years.  I think there is something happening, something over the past 7 years or so, horror, good horror is coming back.  “It Follows” proves this. rates It Follows at 6.9, and I rate it 8.2.  The question, will It Follows make the Top 100 Horror Films list?

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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)