By Bishop Bryant (Bartow, Florida, USA)
It doesn’t think.
It doesn’t feel.
It doesn’t give up.
Director David Robert Mitchell creates a whole new world within the camera lens, which feels like nothing exists but this world that is on the screen. The movie ends up with beloved Annie running down the street, out of breath with a look of pure terror in her twinkling eyes. This opening scene gives us the Kitty Genovese feeling we’ve all learned in our sophomore psychology class. I wouldn’t want to spoil the movie, but let’s just say very soon we find out the bitter wrath this movie presents to the bleak screen.
Our protagonist Jay is likable, well, she isn’t hate-worthy. She isn’t portrayed too cliché nor too corny. It seems as if she was the wrong girl at the wrong time. After having sex with her beau Jake, her life is changed. No, she doesn’t catch an STD. It’s something worse. A walking STD. And she has to pass the curse to somebody else before IT gets her, and if it does she’ll end up like Annie.
Throughout the movie, we have so many questions that remained unanswered, but that is the beauty of this, nothing is sugar coated or handed to the audience. Watching this movie makes you nervous and confused. You’re left feeling uneasy and unbalanced. But this is all thanks to the director. He is blending the 80’s with the present in a way with his transparent style… and it sells. The only flaw this movie has is the attack scene when the invisible demon grabs Jay’s hair and starts throwing things. It seems cheap and it can easily be the least scariest part of the movie. But all in all, I am extremely proud of this movie.
A very clever and unique idea in the era where every movie is copying or remaking another. It Follows is a terrifying landmark in horror cinema.