Saturday, January 9, 2016
Brief Words of Mouth - It Follows
David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is a surreal dreamscape where sexual disease/shame becomes a walking dead that stalks you until the day you die. It's not really a scary film as much as it's just a super unpleasant experience. As far as acting goes I don't think it was directed particularly well, but it's filmed wonderfully and has some really gorgeous color and texture, unusual for the genre. The ultra saturated greens and blues help accentuate the dream-like feeling. The music is a John Carpenter tribute/knockoff.
I appreciate that it exists outside of time. It's distinctly modern in fashion and appearance, but all of the movies we see people watching are from the 50's and 60's, no one has cell phones, and one of the girls has a futuristic e-reader inside of her makeup compact. It's distinctly and bluntly outside of reality.
It's original to see a slasher/stalker film that just bluntly makes everything into a sex metaphor on the surface, but it's not like this is a new idea. It's just generally left as metaphor and subtext. This film attempts to blow that all up into a nutty hyper-reality. The issue is that it doesn't go far ENOUGH with the unreal elements. This kind of experiment needs a David Lynch or John Carpenter or Cronenberg or early George Romero, not just someone paying tribute to them. With a director who has a stronger grip on dream reality, it could be a classic, but as it stands it's just a really good horror film.