Saturday, April 4, 2015
Well, I don't want to give too much away if there are folks out there that haven't seen this gem yet. Suffice it to say though, that you'd better run to see this one on the big screen while you can. It made such an impression on me that I thought about it for days to come and even had trouble sleeping those first few nights afterward. That's a horror fan's dream!
I didn't want to do a straight-out review, as you can get dozens of them just by using Google. So I came up with eight reasons to go check this outstanding breakout entry in genre fare. I haven't talked to anyone who has given it two or even one thumb down, so I think that is a pretty good indicator that we're dealing with a winner here.
(I do have to share a link to an interview with Vreeland by my friend James Gracey for the Paracinema website. Go here to read all about Disasterpeace and this marvelous score.)
4) Throwback. Besides the intense synth score, there is much that hearkens back to the great horror films of the 80's. Did you see the outstanding poster made for the film? While we are never actually given the time period in which the film takes place, there is an obvious lack of modern technology (as in the rotary dial phone hanging on the wall) that seems to scream late 80's. It's a great choice by Mitchell, and works like a charm. The feeling of being alone is much more palpable here, when you can't Google to find out just who your boyfriend is, or no cell phone to call for help in the direst of straits. Like House of the Devil before it, the return to the 80's makes us feel so much more vulnerable and insecure.
In closing, I can't recall a film in recent years that had me shivering at the theater, shuddering in the car on the way home, trembling in bed later that night and yet singing its praises for days afterward.
IT FOLLOWS is a unique, sublime film that will get under your skin the moment it starts. I don't say this often, but this one is highly recommended!