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October 13th

It Follows

Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

It Follows is one of the more difficult films to review as it has so much going for it, yet disappointingly doesn't reach its full potential. Jay, a young woman has sex for the first time with her boyfriend, afterwards he chloroforms her and she wakes up tied to a wheelchair. He explains to her that he has passed the curse onto her and that 'it' will follow her. It won't stop, it's won't die, it follows.

The film opens with a great sequence where we have no idea what is going on. We don't see it yet, but we know that some bad is about to happen.The premise behind It Follows is genius for the horror genre. It takes a generic horror trope and turns it into a suspenseful genre flick with great visual flair. Mitchell does an excellent job behind the camera and shows real talent. The film is shot extremely well, which is one of the high points.

Where the film excels, it excels very well. I was constantly looking in the background of the frame. Is that person it, or not? I kept running scenarios through my head of how I would try to get rid of the supernatural being. Scenarios they never really tried, which is where the film falters a little bit. It doesn't follow some of the rules it sets up for itself.

In the end, I wanted to like this film a lot more than I did, but suffice to say it is still a good horror flick and easily recommended.