Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95% (Critics) / 71% (Audience)
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell
Written By: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Synopsis: After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. – (Source)
There are several really cool moments in this film that show the writer/director has a good knack for horror and I am eager to see what he comes out with next. he also created a very unsettling vibe with his wonderful score/soundtrack choices and the way the camera would seem to glide through scenes before settling on its true focus.
I also loved the idyllic suburban setting and 80’s design aesthetic. It looked like just the type of neighborhood and teenagers that Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers would be terrorizing.
There was a disjointed feeling to this movie that made it feel like just a group of scene ideas the director had but not a fully cohesive movie in total.
I also was a bit annoyed that there was no connecting the dots from the opening pre-credits scene and the rest of the movie.
The abrupt ending elicited more than a few exaltation of “WTF?” and “Is that it?” from the audience I saw it with and I have to agree with them. The way the film just goes to a SOPRANOS finale-like fade to black was disappointing.
Final Verdict: A positively brilliant concept that falters a bit in execution but still delivers some really creepily cool moments that should have horror fans and casual viewers alike jumping more than once. A little more cohesion and clarity would have gone a long way towards helping IT FOLLOWS live up to the hype but as it stands it is still worth a view just because it is a good thing to see new creative visions added to the horror genre.