IT FOLLOWS -- the follow-up film to David Robert Mitchell's very well-regarded first feature, The Myth of the American Sleepover -- is actually a horror movie in which the "it" does indeed "follow," while wreaking quite a bit of havoc along the way. Whether or not Mr. Mitchell, shown below, and his quiet, naturalistic tone work as well in this genre as they did in in his teens-come-of-age movie is another matter.
Maika Monroe, above, center, and below) and her friends sit around and kibbitz. Then Jay goes out on a date with an "older guy," in which a couple of odd (but not awful) things happen. After which comes the "sex scene " -- rather lush but distanced and quite nicely done, followed by a few moments of post-coital semi-bliss (below). Be grateful for these because they're the last that either we viewers or Jay herself are allowed to experience.
The Guest, does not strike me as an actress who holds the screen very well. Her face is pretty but empty and she is not given to much variation. After a time her blank look begins to pall. The rest of the cast do better, actually, bringing some liveliness to the proceedings.
RadiusTWC, It Follows opens this Friday, March 13, in New York City at the Angelika Film Center and in the L.A. area at the Arclight Hollywood. It will also open at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 on March 20. Click here to learn if and when it's playing in your neck of the woods.