IT FOLLOWS

Directed by David Robert Mitchell

It Follows is a success in many ways. As a clever take on the horror genre, it doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but uses the genre as means for sharp social commentary. It succeeds in controlling and manipulating the kind of fear that most young people in this generation experience: anxiety (is it more terrifying to discover that you have an STI, or to be convinced you have it every single day for the rest of your life?). It does all of this with a budget of only two million dollars. I think I had my expectations high after reading all the hype about the film, and though it didn’t quite match those expectations, I still admire how far this tiny horror film has spread around the world, giving faith to independent filmmakers everywhere. Also, great synth soundtrack.

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