31 Days of Horror Movies: Day 18

31 Days of Horror Movies

Day 18 | It Follows (2014)

I’ve been really excited to talk about this one!

First I want to mention the nebulous time period it is “set in.” As you’ve likely seen here and there, especially if you’ve seen this movie, the idea was intentionally to not give any real clues as to a specific time period. A lot of the settings and technology as well as the wardrobes seem a little…old? But then there is that weird little clam shell thing that the one character has and is reading something off of, like an e-reader. It’s bizarre and fun. Also, the soundtrack is pretty great. I would suggest looking into that one too!

This muddled clarity is intentional, made to feel a little like a dream–or a nightmare, really. A lot of people want to know what “it” is, but in my opinion the “it” is that sense of existential dread. Or at least, some kind of dread. I don’t doubt that within the movie, people really do get brutally murdered by some slow-moving entity that may or may not look like loved ones. It’s just meant to be terrifying, and I think it is for most people (again, it’s hard to scare me). Honestly, it took me a bit to figure out what my feelings were toward this movie but I have a positive opinion of it and I think it’s definitely going to be considered part of the horror cannon going forward. (I will warn, though, if you haven’t seen this movie there is a fair amount of sex in it.)

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