Blu-ray Review: ‘IT FOLLOWS’ Creeps Into Video Stores Today


Preston Barta // Features Editor

From the moment IT FOLLOWS opens to the last frame you have an eerie feeling that something isn’t right. The music hints at the inevitable, the camera pans to show what may be lurking, and the actors’ interactions with one another cause the audience to forget that at any moment it will appear.

Writer-director David Robert Mitchell (THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER) molds something together that has long since been absent from the horror genre– something that is restrained and toys with your imagination. He takes an entirely plausible occurrence, such as an STD, but instead of a few pesky bumps you get a supernatural entity calculating your every move– a simple yet effective premise.

Resembling the thread of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and HALLOWEEN, the tension of TERMINATOR, and the style of DRIVE, the film uses the complexity of today’s youth as a canvas for some expertly-crafted, psycho-sexual drama. It plays a waiting game and lets scenes breathe. Many of today’s horror films neglect to revel in this, relying on too many jump scares and failing to realize that ultimately it’s what you don’t see that is utterly terrifying. This is one of the many areas where IT FOLLOWS succeeds.

IT FOLLOWS personifies everything that scares us. If you’ve grown tired of all the mindless horror flicks, then this is exactly the stomach-churning scare-fest you must witness. It will have you frozen with fear and stuck to your seat, not wanting to move. It will follow you long after you eject the disc from your player.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include:

  • Critics’ commentary, hosted by Nerdist’s Scott Weinberg and featuring Eric D. Snider (MovieBS), Britt Hayes (Screencrush), Samuel D. Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop), Alison Nastasi (Flavorwire) and Eric Vespe (Ain’t It Cool News).
  • A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace
  • Poster Art Gallery

Related Articles:

Our interviews with writer-director David Robert Mitchell, star Jake Weary, producers Rebecca Green and Laura D. Smith, and composer Disasterpeace.


About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.