It Follows (2014): A Unique Brand of Horror

If there is one thing you are going to read about a lot here then that is: horror movie reviews. I am a huge fan of the genre and whenever we siblings meet we do manage to fit in watching a horror movie at night into our schedule. This time I chose the horror movie It Follows because of its rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (my favorite site for movie recommendations). Lets see how I found it:

Plot
The plot is a little different from the run of the mill horror movies revolving around haunted houses, zombies or possessed human beings. In “It Follows” a girl named Jay (played by Maika Monroe) gets intimate with her new boyfriend and as a result, a curse is transferred onto her. This curse is the “it” which follows. This thing called “it” can come in any form taking the shape of a human being, animal, monster etc. It follows by walking slowly after you but if it catches you, it kills you. Also the cursed person is the only being who can see the “it”. The story revolves around Jay being helped by her friends to get rid of this “it”.

 

It Follows Monster
The “It” following in the form of a woman

Characters
There is the main character Jay, played by Maika Monroe who does enough justice to the role to render it watchable. Then there is the group of friends who try to help Jay: Paul, the guy who takes interest in Jay (played by Kier Gilchrist), Greg (Daniel Zovatto), the bravest in the group, Yara (Olivia Luccardi) and Kelly (Lili Sepe). Driven by the storyline, it is hard to fathom the motivation of five friends for helping Jay as the relationship between the five friends is not fully developed before the main story begins. So how all of a sudden five people are hell bent on helping Jay? Also apart from the five main characters, there are no parents, no siblings. In the entire movie the cast is shown just doing one thing: trying to help Jay get rid of  the “it”. Nobody seems to have any other purpose in life. Such one dimensional characters do turn one off the person from an otherwise engrossing movie.

It Follows Friends Sitting Together
The friends sitting together to figure out a way to get rid of the curse

 

Execution
Although the concept is quite strong but the execution could have been a little better. At times, the movie gets confusing due to editing sequences that jump from one scene to another without building a strong premise. And it is little later that you get the “aha” moment where you can put two and two together to understand what is really going on.

Conclusion
Nevertheless, it’s a really enjoyable movie which after dragging a little in the first half, picks up the pace enough to keep you glued till the end. Also if you are a horror movie buff, it’s a must watch considering the premise is pretty different compared to all the other horror movies out there.

Pros
Really strong concept
Lots of Suspense
Cons
Slow Pace (Not for action movie lovers)
Underdeveloped and unmemorable characters

PG Rating
This movie is PG rated as there is lot of nudity and plenty of intimate scenes.

 

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