It Follows

It Follows

It Follows

It Follows
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.

Okay, so don’t waste your money.  When it comes out for free on Netflix, you have zero movies left in your queue, and you want to waste a little under 2 hours, then, and only then, watch this movie.

I actually thought Maika Monroe did a good job with what she had to work with.  The concept of the movie is pretty good but it just didn’t come together.  Lots of holes, lots of empty pockets, just…not good.

I was one of 2 people watching the movie.  Granted, it was a 1:25pm showing on Tuesday.  Therefore, the number of people, or lack there of, didn’t bother me at all.  I saw it at the Cinebarre in Thornton.  I’ve been to Cinebarre in Louisville, CO but that was my first, and last time visiting that theater.  From the entrance of the building to the theater is long, dark, dreary and depressing walk.  The walls have amazing movie posters but that’s it.  I had a very friendly woman at the bar selling the tickets, she even swapped me her ink for my marker pen.  I’m left handed so I hate marker pens.  My server, Darbi, was also super friendly and super nice.  The ladies room smelled 1 step better than a porta potty.  My theater was #6.  It’s right beyond the kitchen.  The kitchen smelled like, I don’t know, really old grease or something weird.  But, back to the movie!

My first thought, within the first few seconds of the start of the film was, “take your heels off to run”.  Second thought?  “You’re parked so far onto the beach that you can’t see the road.  You’ve walked numerous feet beyond your car and you’re sitting in the sand, talking on your phone, and you still have those heels on?”  Stupid thoughts to have?  Yeah, probably, but my mind never really shuts up.

We start finding out how this story pans out when Jay and Hugh (aka Jeff) are in the ticket line at a movie theater.  She want to play “Trade Game”.  Trade game is where you scan a crowd of people and pick out who you would like to trade places with.  The person you’re playing with gets 2 guesses to figure out who you chose and why.  When Hugh points to the girl he thinks Jay would trade places with, Jay can’t see her.

The 2 have sex a couple of scenes later.  We find out that when “It’s Following” you, you pass it one to someone else through sex.  Huh?  Like an STD?  If what follows you kills you, it goes back to the person that gave it to you and tries to kill them.  It goes back to killing as far back as the those still living goes.

I like doing movies where I can find out, and post, if addresses are real, if the murders discussed were real, etc.  Nothing like that in this movie for me to do.  It was shot in and around Detroit.

One thing I did like about this movie was that it didn’t try to shock you.  So many new horror movies just go for shock factor.  This didn’t have anything like that and it felt a bit more like a throwback movie.  The cinematography was really cool.  I’ve read other reviews and I see that I’m pretty much alone on disliking the movie.  If I was 14 – 18, I think I would have liked it more.  It just didn’t feel like it had much depth.  The acting was good, the cinematography was great, the music was so-so, the plot was good just not well put together.

For me?  3 stars out of 10.

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Sinister 2

Sinister 2

Sinister 2

Sinister 2

I am overly excited to see that the sequel is coming out!  I don’t know why but Sinister is one of my 2 favorite horror movies (Grave Encounters is my other).  I’m ever MORE thrilled to know that Deputy So-and-So is going to be in the movie.  I absolutely LOVED that character!

You can read our post about the first Sinister movie by clicking here.  It will answer a lot of question about how much history in the movie is real and how much is Hollywood.

 

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Ringu 1998

Ringu 1998

Ringu 1998If you’ve seen the American version call The Ring and liked it…this movie will make you not like it!  Let’s face it, Asian horror is SO much better than American horror. It seems that, for the most part, Americans don’t know how to do horror without throwing in a lot of blood and guts & sex and nudity.  Asian horror is able to stand on it’s own legs and creep us out without adding any unnecessary content.

I couldn’t find this on Netflix or Amazon but I did find the entire movie, with English subtitles, on YouTube.  As of the time of this post, you can view it by clicking here.

The movie starts with 2 girls sitting together and chatting while the family of one of the girls is at a baseball game.  One girl tells the other a campfire story about a cursed VHS tape…if you watch it, you get a call when it’s over informing you that you’re going to die in a week.  It turns out, however, that the girl she’s telling the story to, Tomoko Ôishi (Yûko Takeuchi, has actually seen the tape and did receive the call.

The relative of the girl, Reiko played by Nanako Matsushima that received the call is a reporter and she starts researching deaths that surround the video.  She makes a brave (stupid?  Yeah, I’m going with stupid) mistake of watching the video.  When the film is over, the phone rings.

Being the reporter that she is, she starts to study the video, looking for clues as to it’s origin and meaning behind the odd things on the screen.

Reiko enlists the help of her ex-husband, Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada).  He views the video, with Reiko, but doesn’t receive a call.

On the video they are able to make out a very strange phrase:

Frolic in brine, goblins be thine

If you play in the sea, goblins will get you.

However, during all of this research, the son, Yôichi (Rikiya Ôtaka)…whom is FAR too young to be left unattended…gets hold of the tape and watches.  Bad parenting x2…well, x4 if you count both parents screwing up in 2 ways.  He’s too young to be left alone and jumping jiminy, why on earth would you leave that tape sitting around for anybody, let along your 1st grade son, to get their hands on?

The two turn up a lot of useful information.  Do they find it in time?  Did they find out enough?

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