Dear Horror genre,
Back in the day, nightmares, sleepless nights, and… MoreDear Horror genre,
Back in the day, nightmares, sleepless nights, and nightlights were invented because of you. Figures were found in my closet and I was left breathing underneath my blanket, sweating, in hopes for "it" to go away because of you. Fast forward to today, nothing has resonated with me. You no longer leave me biting my nails away or pulling me towards the edge of my seat. Perhaps age has gotten the best of me, but "It Follows" is the best horror movie to have come out since "The Cabin in the Woods".
However, there's a huge misconception with "It Follows": this is not particularly a traditional horror movie. Some say it's a terrifying masterpiece and others say this is dreadfully boring. So then, let's bring clarity to this debate: what makes a scary movie scary? If loud jump scares does your bidding, this movie is not scary. But let's be real -- the horror genre lost its traction a long time ago. Why? Horror movies are completely dependent on jump scares. Screw tension, screw a nightmarish premise, let's throw in that good ol' violin screech. This very dependency raped the contemporary horror genre. As a result, audiences have bought the lie that scary movies are terrifying because of how high you jumped at these jump scares. You're calling that horror? That's just loud sounds.
"It Follows" combats traditional horror tropes with inventive devices. Coupled with a slow building tension, it's easy to say that "It Follows" is more closely identified as a more moody and chilling creeper than a fright-fest of jump scares. But there's no denying it, this film gave me the goosebumps. Kudos to director David Robert Mitchell for always making audiences feel claustrophobic with its smart use of its score and camerawork. Everything from its 360 revolving camerawork that shows something new with every angle, to its lingering shots, "It Follows" has perhaps the best cinematography to hit the horror genre ever alongside the impeccable "The Shining". But to be exact, this film does more as a film than a popcorn horror flick will ever do. With ambiguous shots and events that are open for debate, "It Follows" transcends higher than any "Paranormal Activity" movie will ever do. To say the least, I enjoyed this picture more so as an artistic film more so than a horror film.
"It Follows" has an incredibly creepy premise harnessed with fantastic cinematography and a genuine tension that left me breathless and waiting to learn more. It does not quite reinvent the wheel, but it sure did rejuvenate a dying genre.