Yes I said it. It Follows the American made 2014 horror film was phenomenal. From the tone of the film, the essence, the music, the visuals, it all made the film quite an experience. An experience everyone who loves cinema should have. I was extremely impressed and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new horror film or great film in general.
It Follows directed by David Robert Mitchell and starring Maika Monroe debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17th, 2014. It was then purchased by Radius-TWC for North American distribution. It Follows was released March 13, 2014 with limited release. However shortly following was its wide release on March 27, 2014.
David Robert Mitchell says the premise of It Follows is based on dreams from his youth years about being followed. He would have dreams of someone or something following him, he calls them "anxiety dreams". He pulled major influence from George Romero and John Carpenter, which worked highly in is favor. The film engages the audience while terrifying them at the same time. It gives the essence of not wanting to look, but having to know what's going on. The musical score definitely helped with the tone and feeling of the film.
It Follows was scored by Rich Vreeland, also known as Disaterpiece. He did such an incredible job on the score. With extreme heavy bases and very zany and electric type notes carrying the film, it was effective and beneficial. The loudness of some notes with the repetitiveness with others was such an electric yet haunting balance. The score alone gives me chills.
The visuals were amazing along with the story line, and here's why. The story line was simple yet the theme was however you interpreted the content. The "It" is passed through sexual intercourse. Some saw this as a different perspective of the cliche theme not having sex in horror films will keep you alive. Some interpreted "It" simply as an STD. Either way it was terrifying to see "It" because there was no explanation, or reasoning. The camera angles and some of the camera effects were so effective I felt as if I was in the film myself. The switching of focus and the shaking of the frame were amazing and only a few of the effective techniques used in the the film.
There is already talk about a sequel to It Follows. There is no real information of course because the film is still in theaters. However the lead character going to find the origin of "It" is along the lines of the premise. As excited as I am about It Follows, I would not be too excited about a sequel explaining "It". The fact that there was no explanation is what was terrifying about the whole movie. Sometimes it's best to keep the audience hungry and always wanting more, than over feeding them desired yet unnecessary information.
Go check out IT FOLLOWS now in theaters before it's too late!