Risen and Revisited: It Follows (2014)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time for another Revisit Review and on the agenda today is one that I just knew I was going to have a different opinion on this time around: It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014). You can watch my original review here (or, you know, I’ll just summarize it below):
When I first saw It Follows, I was coming off some not-so-great movies that I had previously reviewed on my channel, like Ouija (Stiles White, 2014) and The Pyramid (Grégory Levasseur, 2014). So, you can imagine the artsy, stylized It Follows with the amazing soundtrack really blew me away. I also felt the subtext of the movie was so super deep and meaningful, and I just know I felt super smart talking about it in my video (which I did not, in case you didn’t notice). The film is an overt metaphor for sexually-transmitted disease and the cons to being sexually active; that much is obvious. I also noted the irony of the film’s 80s-like feel and the idea of “vice precedes slice and dice” that was so prevalent in 80s slasher films. Basically, I thought it was funny that having sex means you could potentially catch “it;” the irony being that the only way to rid yourself of “it” is to do that thing that got you in trouble in the first place.
This time around I got a little more out of the subtext. I felt that It Follows sends a much more important message about sex – you know, besides the other super important message to practice safe sex. A lot of Jay’s (Maika Monroe) inner conflict comes from her deciding whether she is going to try and pass “it” on to someone else. Sex at this point becomes more like a chore rather than something enjoyable; you can see it in her face when she tries to pass it to Greg (Daniel Zovatto) and then Paul (Keir Gilchrist). I think the movie sends a very important message that sex is an intimate act and should not be shared with just anyone. I also like that we don’t know whether Jay is a virgin or not before she catches “it,” and the movie isn’t placing too much importance on losing your virginity (like so many other movies do).
I still love the score, and I think it’s so rare for me to love the score of the movie but not love the movie so much. Like my past self, I still find the idea of these people just walking towards Jay to be very unsettling. QUICK STORY TIME (for some context): When I first saw this movie, I was still working at Panera Bread and I often had to be at work at 5 a.m., so obviously I left the house when it was still dark. Now, the space between my house and my neighbor’s is very dark and neither I nor my neighbor has lights on that side of our homes. When I would leave my house in the morning, that pitch-black space was to my back and after seeing It Follows, I kept imaging a person walking out of the dark towards me when my back was turned. In summation, this movie made me so paranoid that whenever I left for work in the dark, I would sprint from my front door into my car…for weeks. So, I can completely understand director David Robert Mitchell’s nightmare that inspired It Follows, and I still find the random people walking for Jay to be scary.
All that said, I found the rest of the movie to be boring this time around. I didn’t find anything likable in the characters and Jay is just stupid. If someone had something constantly following them, they should be more aware of their surroundings; not Jay! Homegirl just chills on a beach with her back to the woods and NOT TO THE OCEAN AREYOUKIDDINGME?? So dumb. And then we must talk about this ending….so Paul passes it to a hooker? We don’t really know, but yippee for them cause he’s going steady with Jay now? What about “it”? I don’t think an open-ending like this suits the film, I need closure.
Overall, my opinion of It Follows has very much diminished since my first viewing and the only thing associated with the film I will continue to enjoy is the score. What do you guys think of It Follows? Let me know in the comments!
If you haven’t seen It Follows, you can watch it on Amazon Video (the link below will take you it and is an Affiliate link). It’s also on Netflix, too!