I’m still not much of a horror guy, but last year’s The Babadook definitely whet my appetite for the genre. Babadook, the tale of a vengeful Australian chimney sweep, had it all: it was smart, it was fun and it was scary.
It Follows achieves two out of the three.
It Follows is the twisted sum of The Ring, The Thing and boning. It revolves around a sort of haunted STD, the primary side effect of which is being followed by an entity that takes the form of creepy looking folks in various stages of undress, visible only to the afflicted. And while the STD in question comes with no shortage of mysteries it becomes abundantly clear that you don’t want it to catch up to you. Easy enough at face value, since it remains at a slow walk at all times. But it never stops working its way toward its victim.
It’s a great premise, and certainly a creepy one. After all, what’s creepier than exposed genitals? But unlike The Babadook, It Follows is never really scary. I found myself braced for terror for most of the movie’s run time before realizing in the final act that it wasn’t going to show up.
But that’s okay, because what It Follows lacks in abject terror it more than makes up for with straight up fun. It lends itself to the exact same kind of viewing experience as the best zombie fiction, infecting the viewer with the nagging question “what would I do?”
For the record, I’d chill in a hedge maze on a house boat in a suit of armor. Duh.
It Follows ably lends itself to the imagination of the viewer. That, coupled with a dope as hell score and a cool jean jacket, make it rip-roaring fun for the whole family.