Rapid Review: It Follows (2014)

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“It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.”
– Hugh

SYNOPSIS: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6So much raving. So much of it, everywhere. I was so excited for this movie, finally got to see it and I have to say… I just don’t get the hype. Really. To be honest, I only give this movie a 6 because it scored a 0.5 more than I would have given it purely for how much it peeved my fiancé. It was hilarious. He rarely really raves about a movie, good or bad. It has to be excellent or really crappy to irritate him or to get him to actually say anything. Forty minutes of bitching when this one was done. It was intense and I laughed. I couldn’t even read because he never stopped. Every time I tried, he started up bitching again. The movie was shot well, and the first thirty minutes were fantastic. You were on edge, you didn’t know what was coming, a promising premise was presented and the cast is alright. I mean you have Jai dating some dude called Hugh, who comes across as totally normal. Then they are banging, saw that coming, too. But then he chloroforms her and things start happening. I am all for it. The camera work always had you suspecting something was going to come, the music was so weird but worked nonetheless. But then we have the neighbour across the street, Greg, start helping out all of a sudden. I could also get into that (horrors really do ask you to suspend a lot of reality and belief). Fine. Could even get on board with him falling for Jai, though it was rushed. But then things went downhill. Running off to that beach house was good, even what happened from there was entertaining – spontaneous hair lifting and stuff. However, that’s where the movie was over. Then people started banging each other and this thing kept following everyone (har har), the movie totally lost the creepy aspect, no explanations (and I don’t even mind that, provided you do it well) and things just got messy. Maika Monroe was impressive in here and I can see how she can make a solid career in horror films. I just don’t get why this movie is so hyped up and why it is getting such rave reviews. I do love horrors, I do, but this one just felt like it started with so much potential and then just got really bland and boring, and it is a real pity. Oh well.