Rapid Review: It Follows (2014)

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“It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.”
– Hugh

SYNOPSIS: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6So much raving. So much of it, everywhere. I was so excited for this movie, finally got to see it and I have to say… I just don’t get the hype. Really. To be honest, I only give this movie a 6 because it scored a 0.5 more than I would have given it purely for how much it peeved my fiancé. It was hilarious. He rarely really raves about a movie, good or bad. It has to be excellent or really crappy to irritate him or to get him to actually say anything. Forty minutes of bitching when this one was done. It was intense and I laughed. I couldn’t even read because he never stopped. Every time I tried, he started up bitching again. The movie was shot well, and the first thirty minutes were fantastic. You were on edge, you didn’t know what was coming, a promising premise was presented and the cast is alright. I mean you have Jai dating some dude called Hugh, who comes across as totally normal. Then they are banging, saw that coming, too. But then he chloroforms her and things start happening. I am all for it. The camera work always had you suspecting something was going to come, the music was so weird but worked nonetheless. But then we have the neighbour across the street, Greg, start helping out all of a sudden. I could also get into that (horrors really do ask you to suspend a lot of reality and belief). Fine. Could even get on board with him falling for Jai, though it was rushed. But then things went downhill. Running off to that beach house was good, even what happened from there was entertaining – spontaneous hair lifting and stuff. However, that’s where the movie was over. Then people started banging each other and this thing kept following everyone (har har), the movie totally lost the creepy aspect, no explanations (and I don’t even mind that, provided you do it well) and things just got messy. Maika Monroe was impressive in here and I can see how she can make a solid career in horror films. I just don’t get why this movie is so hyped up and why it is getting such rave reviews. I do love horrors, I do, but this one just felt like it started with so much potential and then just got really bland and boring, and it is a real pity. Oh well.

Review: The Guest (2014)

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“I’m a soldier, man. I like guns.”
– David

SYNOPSIS: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. – via IMDB

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Ryan and Eric were heavily propagating that I get to this movie. Relentlessly. I even dealt with dead-friendship threats, which was insane. Needless to say, we can all still be friends here… I think… right, Ryan?? Can we still be friends??

GRADE 9Wow. Just wow. I mean I know I read a lot of good reviews on this and all, but just wow. I was a huge fan of The Guest. Just about everything in this film worked on so many levels. Dan Stevens gave a simply phenomenal and chilling performance as David, which is so important to the movie that you can almost base it all on that. It is wonderful to watch him transform, how important his whole facade is, and how he handles the ever-changing situations around him.

I thought it highly amusing how Stevens was so intentionally sexualised in the film. I liked that for a change, for science, you know? Also, it just made his character so much creepier. It is not that this premise has never ever been heard of (though there was a pretty cool twist later), it’s just that it was handled incredibly well. The score is something my other half specifically commented on, something he never does, which is why I am mentioning it – to highlight how well it worked itself into the movie, and how important it was. It was so perfectly suited.

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The Guest has great pacing, starting slowly, deliberately putting all the pieces into place, progressively becoming darker as the time of the film ticks along, and it draws you in. It is so tense, and you get so involved with what was happening. With a solid foundation of story, it really makes the third act that much more fascinating, entertaining and grand. I think this movie is a great mashup of horror meets thriller.

All the actors worked together really well and the movie was littered with performances that were an asset to the picture as a whole. Brendan Meyer excelled at the emo-shift of the hair and was a pitiable but smart character (except when it was important), and Maika Monroe impressed me quite a bit with her portrayal of Anna. The friendship/mentorship that came up between Luke and David was totally worth watching, too. Got a few smiles out of that one. While there are predictable moments, they are handled with style, making this an undeniably entertaining watch.

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I wish I knew how to articulate how much I enjoyed this movie and why anyone should watch it! I loved how they managed to work in the Halloween aspect to this, but that it never became super important or overly-gimmicky, and that a lot of stupid crap was not shoehorned into this movie because why not? Wingard and Barrett nailed that deliberate cheese and the self-aware tongue-in-cheek moments, I must say. I enjoyed Broyles Major Carver dropping everything to rush and to check out the David situation, you know stuff is about to go down, and let me just tell you that you are massively rewarded for it. The Guest is bloody, violent, thrilling, and I love, love, love it. It is definitely going to get numerous repeat watches from me!