It Follows Review

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Mild spoilers included.

It Follows has a brilliant yet terrifying concept, the film makes it easy to share in Jays terror as she is tormented by something pursuing her which goes unseen by all those around her. The real fear in It Follows is generated from the thought that if you were in jays shoes, no matter what, you could never live your life without constantly having to look over your own shoulder, you could never feel safe again.

The opening of It Follows is certain to grab old school horror lovers straight away with throwback style camera work and a spine-chilling score which when used together scream john carpenter while adding it’s own unique flair to the mix. The film as a whole is like a homage to the great horror films of the 80s, which is no bad thing.

Jay Height (Maika Monroe) Is a teenage girl living in the suburbs of Detroit with her sister Kelly and a mother who we never really see, even when we do see her we never get a clear view of her face. Not only this but we also get the impression that she is an alcoholic; this combined with the death of the girls father means that Jay and her sister don’t really have parents who they can rely, in fact, none of the teenagers seem to have any guidance from any adults in their lives.

Jay is dating a guy named Hugh (Jake Weary) all seems to be going well between the two until a moment he sees something strange while on a date. This does not phase Jay, deciding that the relationship is right agrees to take their relationship to the next level but in doing so ends up being passed a sexually transmitted haunting of sorts. “It” takes the form of people, some who jay recognizes but most she doesn’t. The spirit doesn’t speak, all it does is walk, slow enough that Jay can escape and gain respite but she knows it will catch up eventually, no matter how far she tries to run all the running does is buy a little extra time until she needs to run again.

It Follows hinges on one of our primal fears, that something is haunting us, following us and never allowing us to feel safe again. Compared to most recent films within the horror genre this is a fresh new take on some old ideas.

 

8/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunt (2012) Review

Running Time 110 minutes

Director Thomas Vinterberg

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp

Thomas Vinterberg raises some powerful issues in a situation where a lie can spin violently out of control.

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The story is situated in a close community in rural Denmark where everyone knows everyone. The Hunt is very realistic; it is harsh and unforgiving in its storytelling. Vinterberg touches on some sensitive issues and isn’t afraid to see them through.

Everything seems to be going relatively well for Lucas he has a large group of friends; he enjoys his job at a local school and is in a new relationship with local co-worker Nadja. But all of this changes when Theo, Lucas’s best friend’s daughter Klara becomes upset when Lucas returns a gift showing affection.

Klara is now withdrawn and informs the head teacher at school that Lucas has exposed himself in front of her. Although he is innocent in this situation, it all begins to spiral out of control rapidly as more of the children at the school seem to be joining in on the story, soon the tale becomes a much bigger issue as the parents in this predicament agree that “children never lie” – thus they want to protect their children as much as possible, like anybody would and with any means they deem necessary and although I do not agree with their actions, I understood the reasons behind them which is what makes The Hunt such a powerful statement.

Lucas is now being shunned for what the local community believe that he has done, becoming an outcast, people who were his friends have now become his enemies and they are now throwing all of their hatred in his direction. One scene shows a refusal to serve him in his local shop; his defence ends horribly, showing how savage and cruel people can really be. This escalates even further when the shop owner even tells Lucas’s son that he must also shop elsewhere, furthering the issue of discrimination.

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Lucas becomes completely detached from a community he was once in the heart of; he’s unwelcome and knows it. But on Christmas Eve he visits the church with the rest of the village creating an emotional scene of confrontation between Lucas and Theo for the whole town to witness.

Mads Mikkelsen portrays his role convincingly and passionately for which he received a well-deserved award at Cannes for best Actor, I felt tremendously sorry for Lucas and more than once I clenched my fists in anger often feeling like I couldn’t make it to the end, but I forced myself to and I certainly don’t regret it, it’s a masterpiece of honesty and gritty realism, showing how a small lie can lead to disastrous consequences

In the end we are forced to consider the obvious question; which side would I agree with in a circumstance such as this? It is also clear from the ending sequence that Lucas will never manage to escape the twisted lies which now wrongly define him.

Rating 4/5