Concise Review: It Follows (2015)


It Follows is a fascinating loving embrace of the slasher genre. One way in which it evokes this sub-genre of horror cinema is in its camerawork. The picture has these long takes, which manifest themselves in languid 360 degree panning shots of the environment. Centrally, it is a reminder of those drawn out shots in Friday the 13th and other post-Halloween pictures. However, while the use of them in those films induced an odd sense of audience button pushing. In It Follows, they are used to create a terrifying feeling of paranoia as our perspective becomes Jade’s inherent fear of everyone. The power of the film comes from its lingering premise that conceptualities death in a frightening new way. Additionally, the picture has this apparent stillness and melancholic edge. In many ways, it transcends the slasher genre because of its central theme of acknowledging adulthood. It’s murky, complicated and scary because one finds themselves closer to death than they were when much younger and ignorant.

About Sartaj Govind Singh

Notes from a distant observer: “Sartaj is a very eccentric fellow with a penchant for hats. He likes watching films and writes about them in great analytical detail. He has an MA degree in Philosophy and has been known to wear Mickey Mouse ears on his birthday.”
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