As in all things, especially within the realms of art and entertainment, an evolution occurs in which will define its timeline into different “eras.” Often times these eras spawn sub-genres that can build upon the foundation of past styles and extend further into timely stories. Some filmmakers respectfully embrace certain ingredients that have worked with audiences in the past, while others ignore them in a more arrogant way.
Within the first ten minutes of “It Follows”, the incredible passion that writer/director David Robert Mitchell has in regards to Horror is evident. How he carefully takes a little extra time to show the audience extra frames of the same symmetrically sensational shot is beautifully effective.
Mitchell’s talents of slowly panning all locations, sometimes with a complete 360 degree shot before landing at the focal point is just right. Far too many times directors will misuse that tactic by being too fast or shaky, but not Mitchell.
The subtle and simple beauty Mitchell elegantly elaborates on throughout the films 100 minutes is a stroke of genius. The locations were gorgeous, as the directer capitalizes by utilizing the angles with scenes that really bring a high level of familiarity to viewers, just eerie enough to make the plot seem like it can or has already happened to you. The costume design and cast was perfectly selected, never clashes of colors, only a symbiotic relationship to make “It Follows” a visual masterpiece.
If all that wasn’t good enough, “It Follows” includes the ideal amount of nostalgia with every sequence and scene, fragments of black & white consumption while almost seeming like an 80’s horror film, but some pieces of technology date the story in present day, or close to it. To top it all off, sandwiched in between the length of “It Follows” nearly every element of the extensive life of the Horror genre is present, nearly all eras were present in some fashion. The slasher feel, thanks to the incredible score. Lovers lane mayhem. A cabin by the lake. A group of friends and even a corn field, just to point out a few.
As usual, no spoilers from me, but I will touch on the story and the acting briefly. An original story, with simple yet effective script allowed the actors to really commit more to themselves and their characters than with memorizing lines.
Many scenes can be interpreted how each member of the audience wishes due to the open ended nature of some scenes, which to me is an added gem. The overall nature of the story could have easily gone overboard, however Mitchell and the cast surprisingly carry a bundle of class when approaching most of the situations and keep a lid on what needed one on.
I say go and check this out while “It Follows” is in the cinemas if you can. A must see for any Horror fan, this film is a much needed breath of fresh air, which is becoming more frequent as of late, however, we can still welcome much more.