It Follows (2014) Review: Slow, Satisfying Burn

“It doesn’t think. It doesn’t feel. It doesn’t give up.”

Synopsis: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

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Calamity Brains:

It Follows is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in a long time. From the very first scene, it draws the audience along on a slow burn, tension-filled journey. Unlike a lot of modern horror movies which rely excessively on gore and jump scares, It Follows uses careful camera work and a rising sense of dread to terrify.

The acting is solid, especially coming from a lesser-known cast (though fans of the genre may recognize Jake Weary and Daniel Zovatto). Best of all is that even with a plot involving the “sex is dangerous” trope, the teenage main characters are all fairly three-dimensional and generally make good choices. This isn’t your average “Strange noise in the woods? I’d better go investigate it alone!” level of decision-making – which makes it all the more frightening for the audience, since the kids are arguably doing a lot of things right and still in danger.

Where the movie really shines is the cinematography. Eschewing standard jump cuts and close-ups in favor of slow pans and wide shots means the audience often sees the approaching monster before Jay (Maika Monroe) does. The camera work also pairs beautifully with the soundtrack to keep the audience on edge.

With such a powerful movie so early in his career, it’s safe to say we’ll be keeping an eye on director/writer David Robert Mitchell.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: A
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As much as we enjoyed It Follows, it’s safe to say that we have questions. So we had to do the Monster Math.

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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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