It Follows

It Follows

The promiscuous always die first, as those of us who were brought up in the morality of 70′s horror films, know only too well. Director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover) brings this lesson into the 21st century with his second feature “It Follows”, where “It” – the ever approaching death, will follow lovemakers like a vicious STD, and the only way to escape is to pass on the curse to someone else.

What may sound like the cheesiest of plots, hidden behind a ridiculously clever title turns out to be quite the contrary in the capable hands of Robert Mitchell – a hyper effective modern horror film with nostalgic undertones, straight out of the Cannes Critics’ Week. The “It” that follows this film’s central group of teenagers can assume any shape, which spreads a creeping sense of paranoia in the film’s Carpenteresque suburbia. A feeling reinforced by photographer Mike Gioulakis’ use of eerie wide lense images with lots of room to hide deadly threats.

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