There are certain films that come around every few years that put an imprint in your mind that makes you want more. It Follows is that very film and I had the pleasure of seeing it in the movie theater first hand. It’s a movie that had a cult following before it was released and high anticipation of being comparable to the horror greats of Carpenter, Craven, and Hooper. But you may be scratching your head at the name, David Robert Mitchell? His previous directorial work includes The Myth of the American Sleepover and Virgin, both of which are worth checking out. But what makes this film stand out compared to the other is the alluring cinematography, thunderous score and meticulously crafted premise that makes you think twice about engaging with the opposite sex.
It Follows was released on July 14th nationwide and I didn’t waste any time getting my hands on a copy. After re-watching this movie a few times, I realized the ominous and sinister story line is one to be told many years from now. If you are looking for a movie that is doused in gore, limbs and a deranged serial killer, this film is not for you. But if you do enjoy those cinematic pieces that focus on the imagery and creating an atmospheric setting that makes you feel uneasy for the duration of the film, It Follows is the answer you have been waiting for. While most studios are trying to regurgitate horror remakes and prequels, Mitchell and crew went a different route in crafting an original script with a plethora of 80s and 90s horror significance. The cast consisting of Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lilli Sepe, and Jake Weary were quite convincing and not the usual B movie acting. Jay (Maika Monroe) plays a teenage girl that is followed by someone/something after going on a date with a local boy and no matter where she hides, the evil will find her. Maika Monroe reminds me of a young Jamie Lee Curtis in this role specifically because of her mortifying battle with evil and impeccable delivery as a new generation, Scream Queen. As the movie progresses and with the help of her friends, Jay makes several attempts of ridding this spirit once and for all. But as you can guess, it’s not that easy and a few naked speed bumps come up along the way, causing quite the intense climax in the end of the second act.
One of the most standout points of the film is a scene that takes place towards the end that involves kitchen appliances and a swimming pool. I will let your mind ponder on that thought but all movies aren’t supposed to have happy endings. Will Jay and her friends survive or will the “IT” take their lives?
Video and Audio Quality:
From the minute the movies starts to where it ends, it keeps the audience on the edge of their seat with discomfort. If you can get past the naked people stalking the characters, there is an element of sheer horror that gets under your skin. With each frame, there is a precise and well-crafted tension that transfers over beautifully in 1080p. With heavy John Carpenter’s Halloween influence, the camera captures the autumn colors perfectly in this Midwestern town that works well with the overall tone of the film. Each scene has a unique color scheme that portrays the lighter skin tones that balance out the sequence with overcast hues. The score has a marvelous DTH-HD Master Audio 5.1 that translates perfectly into the best soundtrack of the year. With the strike of the synthesizer key and electronic drum beat, the ear drum is blasted with an effective score that carries the movie throughout. If it’s a panned out view of the teenagers driving or Jay getting chased by an “IT,” the crisp and immersive music is translated thoroughly on the blu ray.
Excellent audio commentary with some of the best movie critics in the business and their insight on the movie, and its deep meaning. There is also a short four minute video with Disasterpeace, the music composer of the film, and how he landed the gig for It Follows. The music in this film is one of the most important elements that made the film what it is, and is very interesting on how they created the overall emotion through the musical score. Last, there is a theatrical trailer, and movie poster art gallery that was created from artists all over the world.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Single disc (1 BD)
UV digital copy
Out of 5 Nerd Skulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 4 / Directing: 4.5 / Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5 Nerd Skulls
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