My take: Riddled with suspense, this movie is right in line with the classics and it definitely one I would watch again.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
Synopsis of It Follows
When you have sex in a horror movie, bad things happen. And bad things certainly happen in It Follows.
The story is about Jay, a young and beautiful college girl. On a date with a guy she likes, Hugh, she has an intimate tryst with him in the back of his car. While she basks in the post-coital afterglow, however, Hugh chloroforms her.
Jay awakes tied to a wheelchair in an abandoned parking garage. Hugh is pacing nearby, apologizing to her. He says he had to pass it on to her. Wherever she is, it is somewhere, walking straight for her. It will follow her. She should find someone else to sleep with soon so she can also pass it on.
From that day on, Jay finds herself being stalked by something. And she needs to find a way to stop it before it kills her.
What I Thought of It Follows & Who Should Watch It
This movie is right in line with the classic slashers from the late 70s and early 80s. The mounting tension and suspense were reminiscent of Halloween. There are also some scenes that evoke some serious Nightmare on Elm Street nostalgia. It is clear that the director loves those movies as much as I do.
Will this movie stand the test of time like those classics? I’m not sure, but I am definitely excited to watch it again in the future. I think the only negative point about the film is that I could not help but do the math. If a person/creature is following you and walking, you could continue moving so that it never caught you. An individual can only walk about 3 or 4 miles per hour. So, if you simply drove 60 miles (an hour or so by car), you would buy yourself a full 15 hours of respite. What if you hopped on a plane? Can this thing walk through water?
In spite of these questions, however, the movie was solidly terrifying. As a result, I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes 70s and 80s slasher movies, teen horror films, and suspenseful stories.