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It Follows


Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Lili Sepe, Olivia Lucardi, Daniel Zovatto

Director: David Robert Mitchell

She sees dead people. Monroe, so good in The Guest, is given little chance to look anything but scared in this silly horror film about a 19-year-old girl (Monroe), who has sex with her new boyfriend (Weary), only to discover he has thus passed on to her a sort of curse in which ghosts advance slowly upon her in all sorts of situations.

If they reach and kill her, the 'curse' will be triggered backward to all those who have passed it on, a but like a chain letter.

Rich Vreeland's deafeningly spooky score does its best to rack up non-existent suspense, while the director tries to extract terror from inanimate scenes.

Like the characters, we wait around forever for something to happen, although a swimming pool scene right at the end is quite exciting, and does at least win this flaccid shocker, lazily padded out to feature length, a couple of stars.

Don't get your hopes up expecting a resolution at the end: there isn't any.

David Quinlan

USA 2014. UK Distributor: Icon. Colour (unspecified).
98 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 22 Feb 2015