Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Bailey Spry, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto
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[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]
Jay (Maika Monroe) has just started to date Hugh (Jake Weary) but after they sleep with each other for the first time, things start to go really wrong: Jay wakes up tied to a chair with a frantic Hugh explaining that he is sorry but he now passed a monster on to her. A monster that isn’t very fast, but it is inexorably coming. And when it reaches her, she is dead. Then he unceremoniously drops her off in front of her house and disappears. Jay is shaken and unsure whether she believes Hugh but soon there is no room left for doubt – and her fight for survival begins.
I really loved the idea of It Follows and the slow, inexorable approach of the monster is wonderfully set in scene and really, really creepy. Unfortunately nothing else about the film worked for me.
My biggest problem with the film was its soundtrack. I am not a person who pays overly much attention to them usually (though a particularly nice piece of music will usually catch my ear), but in this case it was so annoying and bad that it repeatedly jarred me out of the movie. Which didn’t help the film’s atmosphere at all and was annoying as hell for me.
It probably also contributed to the lengths the movie had in between. But you can’t blame everything on the soundtrack – especially not how incredibly stupid the protagonists often were (particularly in the showdown or with the high heels in the very first scene), or the plot holes (like – why not give it to somebody who flies to Australia or New Zealand. Until the monster is there, it’s probably years), or the uncalled for amounts of boobies we got to see.
I also thought that their solution – to just pass the monster on to a sex worker – was incredibly callous, especially after they spent the entire film arguing about how it was immoral to just sleep with anybody and pass it on. Are sex workers somehow less human and less in need of protection? Apparently so.
At least they avoided to give sex a moral dimension – which they could easily have done. But the moral of the story is never “don’t ever have sex with anybody because then a monster will kill you”. That is something. It’s just not enough to make me like the film.