Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe, Jake Weary, Keir Gilchrist
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Jay and her teenage friends must now find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind in this chiller that Bloody Disgusting calls “the scariest movie of 2015.”
Jay (Monroe) is your average young woman who has just started dating a seemingly great guy that she’s quite fond of, which after a number of dates leads to some subsequent closeness in his car one evening. Afterwards, Jay is rendered unconscious and awakens to find that she has been tied down to a chair in an upper level of an apparently abandoned building. Her previously hopeful boyfriend looming above her informs her that he has passed a malignant presence to her that will follow her to the point of her death and that she needs to sleep with someone else as soon as possible in order to pass it along. Unable to bring herself to do so, with the assistance of her friends and sister Jay struggles to find a way to stop this mysterious presence before it’s too late and it finally catches her for good.
David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover) wrote and directed ‘It Follows’ and he does an outstanding job at the helm, beautifully guiding his own script with perfection and also bringing some true beauty within the terror courtesy of his spot-on delivery methods. The film also benefits from a fairly talented cast of individuals, most of whom aren’t too well known yet some of which may be familiar to genre fans, including Maika Monroe (The Guest), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), Keir Gilchrist (Dead Silence) and a number more, all of whom deliver pretty solid performances in each of their respective roles.
‘It Follows’ is an absolutely phenomenal film and a perfect example that horror is far from completely lacking in originality or creativity as some may mistakenly claim. David Robert Mitchell has delivered a truly magnificent gem here that is as beautiful and elegant as it is creepy and suitably atmospheric. While some folks may be troubled by the lack of explanation for every element of the film, those who can let go and enjoy will surely appreciate just how much the mystery and unanswered questions really add to this unique and creepy tale. Overall, ‘It Follows’ is quite simply phenomenal and I can’t possibly recommend it highly enough; for genre fans it’s an absolute must see.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘It Follows’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding throughout; delivering a rich, vibrant and detailed presentation that holds up in every possible way and is complemented by a more than healthy bitrate. The rich colors so prevalent in the movie look magnificent and never suffer from any banding or pixilation at any point, the video also holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become distorted or indiscernible in the slightest. Overall, this high definition video presentation delivers in every possible way and should not disappoint fans of this phenomenal horror gem in the slightest.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is nearly as impressive as the video presentation, delivering a clean, discrete and often quite active audio presentation, utilizing all five available channels on a number of occurrences to immerse the viewer with the films absolutely gorgeous score in addition to any number of sufficiently eerie and random auditory elements, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or distorted in any way. Overall, this is an impressive 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes notably to the overall experience of the film.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘It Follows’ includes a few solid extras. Included on the release is a Critics’ Commentary hosted by Scott Weinberg, and featuring a number of guest critics including Eric D. Snider, Britt Hayes, Samuel D Zimmerman, Alison Natasi and Eric Vespe. Also included is ‘A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace’ which runs approximately five minutes in length and includes the composer going into some interesting detail about his career and the film. Lastly we are treated to a ‘Poster Art Gallery’ as well as the ‘Theatrical Trailer’.