It Follows

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It’s rare that I afford myself the “luxury” of seeing a movie more than once in a theater. I’m usually so consumed by watching new movies that I don’t take the time to go back and re-visit the films I love.

The fact that I’ve seen It Follows in theaters three times is perhaps the highest praise I can give the film. I saw it when it played at Fantastic Fest in September 2014, then saw it twice more in theaters when the Alamo Drafthouse held a Q&A session with the director, David Robert Mitchell, and again with Mitchell and stars Maika Monroe and Keir Gilchrist.

My tastes in films skews toward the weird/surreal/horror genre and themes, so It Follows is right up my alley. But I’m also not deluded enough to know that most of the weirdo movies I see are ones I could — or should — recommend to friends. While I truly believe that the horror genre is on its way back up (after a mostly awful last decade or so), I still watch a lot of mediocre-at-best horror movies.

That said, It Follows is one of the few horror films of the past few years that I truly believe anyone and everyone can enjoy. It’s not long — it clocks in at a tight 100 minutes — and never drags or feels like a slog. I’m a big fan of the slow burn horror movie (The House of the Devil is one of my all-time favorites), but I know that style isn’t for everyone. It Follows is a crowd-pleaser with legitimate jump scares, great characters, and an overall terrifying atmosphere.

But perhaps the best part of the movie is the soundtrack. Scored by Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland, who also scored the FEZ soundtrack), it’s amazing. I listen to it all the time. It’s spooky and wonderful and all-around great. Even without seeing the movie, the soundtrack is worth listening to; it’s that good.

TL;DR

It Follows is one of the best horror films of the last decade, and one of my all-time favorites. Even beyond the horror genre, it’s one of my favorite movies of the past five years. I can’t recommend it highly enough; it’s definitely worth your time.

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