It Fol­lows

The world’s slow­est chase film

SFX - - Rated -

Re­lease Date: 29 June

2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD/ down­load/ video on de­mand Di­rec­tor: David Robert Mitchell Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zo­vatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luc­cardi, Lili Sepe

David Robert

Mitchell’s first crack at genre cin­ema pro­vides a thrilling re­minder that all you re­ally need to cre­ate a low- bud­get hor­ror clas­sic is a good idea with an ap­peal­ing sim­plic­ity and pu­rity.

Af­ter Jay ( Maika Monroe) has sex with a date, he chlo­ro­forms her, ties her to a chair, then apolo­get­i­cally drops a bomb­shell. From now on, he ex­plains, Jay will be re­lent­lessly fol­lowed by a mys­te­ri­ous en­tity which can take on any hu­man form. Fur­ther­more, “It” is com­pletely in­vis­i­ble to any­one but its quarry.

It’s not even a par­tic­u­larly orig­i­nal idea. Set­ting aside the screw­ing, there’s a touch of 1957’ s Night Of The De­mon – and its J- hor­ror off­spring – about the high con­cept. The pace of the pur­suit re­calls the in­escapable im­pla­ca­bil­ity of Jason Voorhees or Ge­orge Romero’s zom­bies. And fans of Hal­loween will ex­pe­ri­ence deja vu dur­ing scenes where Jay strolls leafy sub­ur­ban streets, or spies a sin­is­ter pres­ence through a high school win­dow.

Yet some­how Mitchell makes all these faintly fa­mil­iar el­e­ments feel com­pletely fresh. It’s a nail- bit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – al­most ex­haust­ingly so, as you con­stantly feel com­pelled to scan the back­ground of shot. Is that bloke wan­der­ing into frame just a passer- by, or is he… It? Never have ex­tras had such an im­por­tant role in a movie’s suc­cess.

An ob­vi­ous metaphor­i­cal read­ing presents it­self: by los­ing her vir­gin­ity, Jay en­ters the realm of adult­hood, which brings with it an aware­ness that ev­ery mo­ment you’re alive you’re be­ing stalked by Death. But re­ally, you could pro­ject what­ever you want onto It. It’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of what Freud called Das Un­heim­liche – the Un­canny.

The only fly in the oint­ment is one com­mon to movies that hinge on a curse: how do you bring the story to a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion? It’s a prob­lem the di­rec­tor doesn’t man­age to solve, but that doesn’t pre­vent this film be­ing a tri­umph. Wher­ever David Robert Mitchell’s ca­reer takes him next, you’ll want to fol­low. Ex­tras: Film 2015’ s Danny Leigh and aca­demic Mark Jan­covich pro­vide a “what the film is do­ing ” com­men­tary track. An in­ter­view with the com­poser ( five min­utes), a gallery and the trailer com­plete an un­der­whelm­ing se­lec­tion. Ian Ber­ri­man Com­poser Richard Vree­land also pro­vides the voice heard over a Tan­noy in one scene.

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