Finally saw the horror movie It Follows last night. Its genius lies in it doing the exact opposite of most horror films: you always see the monster coming and there’s no sudden scares. Just dread, creepy ceaseless dread. The monster looks like everyone and just walks toward its victim, so, as a viewer, you’re terrified of every extra in the background. You keep checking the landscape behind the actors, you get angry at them when they go into a room with only one bloody way in and out. Utterly unique as a ‘scary movie’. And I keep thinking about what the subtext might be. A lot of it’s sex of course, but I think poverty is a massive theme. If the characters were billionaires they could fly off around the world (In fact I don’t know how the monster would go about buying a plane ticket), but they’re not: they’re poor teenagers in the dying city of Detroit with no options left to them. And it’s beautifully filmed. Great soundtrack too.
Also saw The Autopsy Of Jane Doe. A more traditional horror film in some ways, but a great two hander performance and a neat concept. Good characters for a horror. Also recommended.