Film Review: IT Follows (Stayed With Me Long After I Finished Watching)

IT Follows
I loved the look of this film. It felt like I was back in the 80’s, my favourite decade for movies, music, even the crazy fashion. So I thought, yes, great choice of era, but then – wait – actually, what time period is this? Felt kind of 80’s but then perhaps it was earlier, the 70’s, or 60’s even, with the cars, clothes, and the house decor. Then I was really stumped. In fact a little more than stumped. I’m going to say I was perturbed with a slight sense of unease when I started to think about that ebook reader device. It looks like a retro clam shell compact mirror, except that in this film, it’s some kind of ereader, one that doesn’t actually exist, as far as I know, but I’d really like to have one.

So is this the past, the future, some alternate timeline? This lack of a definite era unsettled me.

Then we have the bloody creepy, awful as hell music, that keeps your nerves jangling from start to finish.

Quick plot:
Our heroine is Jay. She sleeps with a guy she fancies and contracts an SSTD, that’s Supernatural Sexually Transmitted Disease. The guy deliberately infected her to get himself out of trouble. IT is some kind of paranormal creature passed on through sex. IT will follow you until it gets close enough to touch you, and then you die, horribly. Jay will spend the rest of the film trying to evade becoming IT’s next victim.

So we have:
No definite time period
Creepy ass music
Unsettling, foreboding atmosphere that doesn’t let up

Like Jay, the viewer cannot relax for one minute. How would you ever sleep again if you had this Thing after you?

This film stayed with me. What would I do if I was in Jay’s position? Pass the infection/haunting on and hope that person would pass it on to someone else and keep going? But in a way that would be worse as I wouldn’t know when those people down the line might die and then It would come back around for me. At least if I knew IT was following me, I could keep ahead of it. Trust your friends and start sharing it amongst them maybe so there’d bee several sets of eyes on the lookout for IT? But then you are bringing your friends into a horrifying life where they will never be able to relax, hold down a job, do anything normal really.  With IT always following you, how would you ever be able to sleep properly again?

Or would you face IT and get your death over with rather than living with the fear and anticipation of IT finally reaching you?

I thought to myself, as terrible as the idea was, the only option might be suicide. Just how long can a person live with such fear and terror, the frightening anticipation of the moment IT finally catches up with you. Killing yourself might be the only way to get relief.

And on that sombre note, I leave you to search for this movie if you haven’t seen it yet.
***** Different  to every horror film I’ve ever seen and for that it gets all 5 stars.

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Song of the Summer: It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez

I love this song and video. It’s got good lyrics, tells a story, and the music is haunting and hypnotic.
In short, this song gives me all the feels.

This is the kind of music that makes me want to go clubbing again and lose myself to the beat on the dancefloor, fuelled on by a few rum & Cokes.

It Ain’t Me is moody, yet summery and upbeat. And now it’s right up there with my summer favourites of recent years like “Firestone” by Kygo, “Waves” by Mr. Probz , and “Are You With Me” by Lost Frequencies. (All these videos will be posted at the end of this post.)

All these songs swept me up in a wave of nostalgia the first time I heard them, making me think of summers of earlier years, and even some summer nights that only happened in my imagination.

“Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning?
Who’s gonna rock you when the sun won’t let you sleep?
Who’s waking up to drive you home when you’re drunk and all alone?
Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning?
It ain’t me”

In the video we get a glimpse into the man’s subconscious, walking with him through his dreamlike state while his girlfriend sings of his alcohol abuse and the ending of their relationship. Halfway through she decides to stop sitting by his hospital bed in despair and starts to dance, sharing the music with him, drawing him back to the land of the living. The cinematography is gorgeous, from the blue “in between realm”, to the green smoke, and the fairy lights in the forest. The choreography is also exquisite.

“I had a dream
We were back to seventeen
Summer nights and The Libertines
Never growing up
I’ll take with me
The polaroids and the memories
But you know I’m gonna leave
Behind the worst of us”
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Here’s the video. Hope you enjoy this.
 
It Ain’t Me

It’s been a long time since I posted here on this blog, but this song seems to have woken me up. I’d love to hear what other people are listening to this summer. If anyone reads this, please share your summer soundtrack in the comments.
Happy Friday,
Emma.
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Firestone by Kygo

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Waves by Mr. Probz

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Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies

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