|IT FOLLOWS (director/writer: David Robert Mitchell; cinematographer: Michael Gioulakis; editor: Julio Perez IV; music: Rich Vreeland, a.k.a. Disasterpeace; cast: Maika Monroe (Jay Height), Keir Gilchrist (Paul), Olivia Luccardi (Yara), Daniel Zovatto (Greg), Jake Weary (Hugh/Jeff), Lili Sepe (Kelly); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, David Kaplan, Erik Rommesmo; Radius-TWC; 2014)|
|"It is low-tech stylish, which
gives it its convincing power."
by Dennis Schwartz
visually stunning low-budget horror film, with some
great long take shots. The film is also charged with
an eerie atmosphere, as the fright flick adheres to
the 1950s horror classics. It is low-tech stylish,
which gives it its convincing power. It also helps
that the acting comes across so natural from the
unknown cast. Writer-director David Robert Mitchell
("The Myth Of The American
Sleepover") in his
second film, shoots for horror affecting suburban
teens and keeps things simple but scary.
set during autumn in a middle-class Detroit
suburb. For some reason a 19-year-old girl, Jay (Maika
Monroe), is running in fear for her life, and in
high-heels. Jay screwed Hugh (Jack Weary) for the
first time in the backseat of his car and he passed
onto her the possessive demonic It. The bad choice
lover then ties Jay up to a chair in a garage and
explains the dire predicament he put her in.
supernatural force is shapeless, and can adjust to any
human shape. The only ones to see it are the infected.
We also learn that It can only be passed on through
sex. Meanwhile Jack has vanished. After the police are
informed by the frightened girl of her possession,
they say there's nothing they can do since the sex was
legal. It then becomes up to her skeptical friends to
help her find a way to escape and fight back. The
scares come as we see Jay approached in the distances
by invisible zombie-like stalkers in her
peripheral vision, leaving her in constant fear
and with no place to run to.
It's a pleasure to see old-fashioned film craft and good storytelling being used so effectively in a modern-day teen horror film. This one is a keeper.
REVIEWED ON 2/28/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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