April 10, 2015 - In It Follows, the thrilling new horror film from David Robert Mitchell, walking — so often slow, deliberate, and relaxing — is something much more sinister than a stroll through the park. It becomes the mode of death itself: patient, focused, relentless, inevitable, a haunting presence that is slow but smart, and will never stop following you.
As the film, now playing at the Criterion, opens, Jay Height (Maika Monroe) is a beautiful, bored college student who lives at home in a sleepy suburb north of Detroit. She is on the cusp of adulthood, safely beyond her teenage years and beginning to yearn for whatever is supposed to be next. The film introduces her from across the street, partially obscured by a line of hedges, as she climbs into a plastic, above-ground swimming pool. She floats in a black bikini in the afternoon sun, her mind adrift, a little like Jeffrey Beaumont at the beginning of Blue Velvet — restless and naive, eager to discover something unpredictable in an idyllic and stultifying neighborhood.