Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Linda Boston, Caitlin Burt, Heather Fairbanks
Country of Origin: USA 2014 100 mins.
2014 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by ICON
'A nerve tingling chiller that hits the panic button'.
'It Follows', writer-director David Mitchell's ingenious nerve tingling node to John Carpenter's iconic 'Halloween' is a fear drenched shocker exploring suburbia, teen sex and a nameless dread that turns into an edge-of-seat nightmare.
The hand held camera follows a disorientated teenage girl confused, tearful and panic stricken in a suburban street. Distraught and disorientated she staggers, rushes into her house, grabs the car keys and she's off. Her broken and butchered body's later found by a lake. The pace is set. Smell the dread.
When 19-year-old Jay, superbly played by Maika Monroe, has sex for the first time with new boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary), a nightmare begins when she experiences strange visions and the unfathomable sense that someone or something's following her. Terrified and helpless, Jay must find a way to pass on the curse and with the help of her sister Kelly (Lili Sepe) and friends Yara (Olivia Luccardi) and Paul (Keir Gilchrist) escape the cyclical horror. There's some lovely touches with the 50's early 60s black and white TV playing 50s sci-fi movies and the supporting cast come across as regular anxious teenagers with sexual yearnings suddenly stuck in a suffocating all pervading super charged sense of dread.
A classic Halloween type horror confidently directed, intelligent and stylish with Michael Gioulakis's long takes drawing the audience into the cyclical nightmare, backed by Rich Vreeland who records as Disasterpeace's eerie pounding score as 'It' follows it's victim.
The suff of nightmares - you bet.