Movie: It Follows
My Rating: 4 stars
It takes a certain kind of movie to actually lure me out to a theater. And, they’re usually horror movies. I finally got a little time to relax, and one of the first things I did was go to the movie theater to see this film. Of course, it’s been out for quite a while now, and it was a daytime show, so I was the only one at the screening. But, that’s never bothered me. And, I’ve found that I really need to watch scary, horror movies during the daytime, so that they don’t totally haunt my dreams. I need enough time to process what I’ve seen. But of course, I usually end up having weird dreams anyway
This movie is quite scary, but not in the typical way. There aren’t really any jump scares, or gory murders. But, it is very suspenseful. The premise is that there’s some sort of curse people pass to one another by having sex. If you currently have the curse, a shape-shifting creature will start following you, but very slowly. You never know what it’ll look like because it changes to look like different people. But, it’s usually pretty easy to figure out who it is. It’s the creepy (usually partially naked) person making a beeline for you. And, if it catches you, it’ll kill you. It’s always coming toward you, but it’s walking, so you can run away, or even drive really far. But you still know that it’s coming for you. It’s only a matter of time before the thing catches up to you. The only way to get rid of the curse is to have sex with someone else to pass it on to them. But, if the creature ends up catching and killing that person, then it’s coming back for you, and then the person who gave you the curse, and then the person who gave it to them.
This is really a terrifying concept. There’s no place you could ever feel safe. It’s coming for you in your house. It’s coming to your school or job. Presumably it would find some way to follow you to Europe. You really would have to put everything in your life on hold and focus your complete attention on conning some other, unlucky sucker into the sack. But you can’t just pass it on to any old schlub. You’d want to pick someone who would have a reasonable chance of having sex with someone else right away. So, it would have to be someone very attractive and charming. But you wouldn’t want it to be someone you know. I don’t imagine that that relationship would last much longer after they discover that you’ve condemned them to a life of being eternally followed by a nude sex demon.
I really enjoyed this movie. It was so scary and so original. I just managed to catch it in the theater before it left, so you might not be able to see it that way. But, I think it’s probably being released for home streaming sometime this summer. You should definitely see it if you like scary movies. This one will really play tricks with your mind.