But Mitchell sets up a watery set of rules that he can’t follow as the movie bulldozes into a logic-defying third act climax. The vague AIDS allegory is a bit heavy for a teen horror movie, but it’s definitely present as Jay (Monroe) is drugged unconscious after having sex with her new boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary). It’s an intensely disoriented opening, for both Jay and we viewers. When she comes to, Jay finds herself strapped to a wheelchair in the middle of a parking garage. An apparently deranged nude woman is steadily approaching. Hugh quickly sets up for Jay (and us) the basic premise of It Follows: there is a spectral form (which can assume the appearance of any human; the would-be victim may or may not recognize it) pursing those who have had sex in a particular chain of people. In order to get the murderous spirit off one’s tail, you must have sex with another person, in effect passing on the curse. Sex equals eminent death.
So now Jay is on the awkward mission of finding some hapless guy for a quick lay in order to shake the demon from her trail. Given her comely appearance, it’s absolutely no surprise that Jay has guys lining up after she explains the far-fetched curse. But unexplainable events soon begin to convince her group of friends that there must be some truth to it. When the ominous, sometimes highly inconspicuous spirit is in slow, steady pursuit of Jay, It Follows carries an atmosphere of pure dread. But when Mitchell switches gears and abruptly turns the spirit into, basically, an invisible man that literally anyone can interact with, the whole thing crumbles into silly histrionics.
Luckily Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray. The pervasive John Carpenter influence that Mitchell wears on his sleeve throughout It Follows is evident in Mike Gioulakis’ so-ordinary-it’s-creep cinematography. It’s a perfect 1080p presentation. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix works like a charm too, with Disasterpeace’s evocative, also Carpenter-esque score featured prominently.
Special features are a bit light, led by a critics’ commentary that runs for the entire feature. Some great points are made about the relative quality of the film, particularly by Scott Weinberg. Their defense didn’t change my mind about how far off the tracks It Follows strays, but it was interesting nonetheless. There’s a five-minute interview about the music with composer Disasterpeace. All that leaves is a gallery of poster images. The Blu-ray package includes a Digital HD download of the film.