'AIDS: A Cautionary Tale' - It Follows Movie Review

Review Written by Anthony Tyson. April 20, 2015

I was first introduced to this movie at The Alamo Drafthouse, when I saw a trailer there a few months back. As the trailer was so retro in tone, and Alamo has a habit of showing old movie trailers before the main feature, I thought this was as much older film. As the trailer peaked my curiosity, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a movie that had yet to be realeased. I was also very interested in the synopsis of the film, which is this 'presence' that fllows you and is transferred via sex. The wierdness and the obvious allegory alone, made me very intrigued in the film. After watching it, I can certainly say that this was my strangest film experience this year.

As I mentioned before, the core premise of the film is that this 'presence' that haunts and attcks victims, based on the person who had sex with the last person it haunted last. Weird right? The movie begins with the first victim running around, seemingly random, from what would be assumed as some invisible spectre. Before the the title crawl, the victim is killed; but not before she calls her dad offering an apology for being a difficult daughter and saying the 'I love you' cliche. After the credits roll, the plot focuses arund a college student Jay and her dealings with this creature. She is 'followed' by getting the spirit passed on to her from her last boyfriend, who thought he had passed it on to another. After he passes it to her, he then ties her to a wheelchair making her experience the creature for the first time, in order to prove how real this all is. After this, it goes on a crazy story in which she attempts to evade the creature and eventually pass this curse to others. The plot isnt anything particularly special, as by the end of the movie you hardly gain any deeper understanding of the creature at all. If the dialougue wasnt so wooden, there might have been something deeper to it; but it's never properly explained.

Any missteps with dialogue and plot however, are quickly overshadowed by the cinematography and soundtrack of the film. I can't stress enough how much of a trip down memory lane this movie was for me, as a 80's horror movie fan. Clearly put up as a tribute to the past, the movie features wide pan shots of decrepit suburbia, dark filters, old movie theaters, close up shots for moments of surprise, and a great ability to blend transition cuts using the environment that is featured on hand. The soundtrack even hammers this into you further, with sounds that mix the classic heavy pounding of strings and electric sync that remind of classic movies like 'Halloween's' theme music. I thought that the tone that this achieved was perfect for what the movie set out to be. It's so nostalgic, and I even downloaded the entire soundtrack after I got out of the theatre.

When taking everything I experienced while watching the film, I can honestly say this has been one my best experiences in the theatre this year. I really wish that the story delivered something more, but this movie did a damn fine job of reminding me why I have a special place in my heart for horror films. It won't be a movie for everyone, but I think a lot of 90's kids will love this.

See it if you are film fan/student, horror movie fan, or a 90's kid. 
A Rental if you are anyone else.

I had to throw this in as an afterthought, but it deserves mentioning that Disasterpeace was the artist responsible for the soundtrack of the film. He also made the music for Fez as well, and if you love 8-bit tracks, check him out on the various streaming services! He is really good!