Now streaming: It Follows

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I’m pretty late to the “It Follows” party, but I did join the rest of the world on Friday night, when I watched it on Showtime Anytime.

This movie, along with “The Babadook” and “The Witch” is highly rated among genre fans. I can see why. It’s a scary flick, with a new take on an old horror trope — so aptly spelled out in the first “Scream” movie by Randy – “Sex equals death, OK?”

It’s reminiscent of the original “Nightmare on Elm Street,” with a tightly knit group of young adults facing a supernatural enemy — a curse that has fallen the protagonist, Jay, after she sleeps with her boyfriend. Like the “Nightmare” teens, Jay and her friends must remain ever-vigilant, as the curse is never far behind.

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There are some deeply disturbing scenes, especially the immediate aftermath of Jay’s sexual encounter, which quickly turns from young love to abuse. One of my favorite things about the movie was the overall style of it — deliberately placed out of any specific time period through clothes and cars that cross decades. Instead of teens that won’t stop looking at their iPhones, the device in this movie is a made-up clam-shell e-reader. The resulting effect is that you aren’t fixated on any one aspect of the movie, but rather, the characters and story, and the overall dream-like atmosphere.

This is going to be a new serial on the blog. So check back on Mondays for short reviews of movies you can dial up via your ISP.  

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