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It Follows Blu-ray Review

It Follows Blu-ray

“It Follows” never lives up to its potential.

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, “It Follows” tells the story of a college girl (Jay) who sleeps with a young guy (Hugh) and discovers that she has contracted a demonic curse. With Jay now being the unfortunate owner of the mysterious curse (which can only be passed on to another person through sex), she has the utter misfortune of being followed by some manner of shapeshifting demon day and night. If the demon catches her, she will die brutally. The bulk of the story finds Jay dealing with the situation with her family and friends. Can she pass the curse on? Will the demon catch up her? Can the curse be resolved? Find out to see what happens.

Despite the glowing praise you may have heard, “It Follows” is not the second coming of the horror genre. It’s a valiant effort to be sure, but the film is much better in concept than in execution.

While the original film contains an eerie atmosphere (mostly thanks to DP Mike Gioulakis) and boasts a number of genuine chills (the tall man scene is particularly inspired), David Robert Mitchell never takes full advantage of his premise. Between the sluggish pacing and the rather uneventful sequence of events, the film doesn’t really go, well, anywhere. You’re left wishing there was more and not in a good way. You can’t just have characters living in a constant state of fear and not follow-up on that idea. Now, perhaps the mythology will be further explored in a sequel, but as is, “It Follows” is merely a watchable film with a great premise.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Great cinematography coupled with a great transfer= a win for all.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective DTS track.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Trailers for “It Follows” and other titles for various studios.
* A poster art gallery.
* “A Conversation With Film Composer Disasterpeace”- The title says it all.
* A commentary by critics Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Britt Hayes, Samuel D. Zimmerman, Alison Nastasi and Eric Vespe. Similar to the “Snowpiercer” critic commentary track, this one has moderator Scott Weinberg providing his own thoughts on the film while he also chats with fellow critics at random points about the film as well.

Overall Thoughts: “It Follows” is a clever horror film about sex and a demonic STD, but it could have been so much more.

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July 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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