There’s an image you’ll see connected to the horror film It Follows that looks similar something from a “torture porn” film. You’ll see it in the still frame in the video embed below, in which a terrified young woman is tied to a chair. She’s terrified for a reason, but the situation that image represents is very different from what you might assume it to be. It Follows is a smart and elegantly crafted movie about teen sexual experiences — or, really, the effect of those experiences. It’s a horror film not just about the things that might happen to someone in the future, but also about the things that have already happened.
We’ve seen one teaser for the film, a French edit that was heavy on atmosphere, but didn’t tell much story. In this new UK teaser, the character played by Maika Monroe (The Guest) talks about her youthful fantasies of the ideal date, and then we see some of how that date goes in an unexpected direction. “Someone gave it to me,” says her date, “and I’ve passed it to you.” Read More »
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Maybe you’ve heard of It Follows. It’s a small horror movie by director David Robert Mitchell. His previous film, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a memorable look at teen life, and this film is in a similar vein. Similar in that it shows how some aspects of teen life – mainly sex – can become scary. It Follows played at Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest and just got into the Sundance Film Festival. So there’s a lot of buzz but, to date, no U.S. release date.
It’ll get there though because It Follows is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. I’ll tell you more in the coming weeks when we run our review (probably at Sundance) but for now, check out the first It Follows trailer. Read More »
First love, young love. Those days when it feels as if you’re right on the brink of some flashpoint moment end up burned into your brain. Or the idea of those days is burned in, at least, and that’s what ends up being part of the limitless energy that powers cinema. The Myth of the American Sleepover runs entirely on that energy as it follows a handful of kids on the cusp of adulthood as they try to spark a connection on the last weekend of summer. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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