Last Year in Fear: Our Top Picks for Horror Media in 2015

Even without the stellar horror releases that littered the media landscape, 2015 was a pretty terrifying year in of itself. France suffered the Paris Attacks; the US was subject to nearly 300 mass shootings; and large parts of England appear to currently be underwater. The outlook for the planet isn’t great and, since North Korea apparently decided to ring in the New Year by setting off a nuclear bomb, the fate of the world is hanging by an ever thinner thread. So why, in light of all these real dangers, should you be excited about media that was designed to scare us? Because it gives us an outlet, a way to release all of that pent up fear in one hour-long frenzy of pillow-hugging, squealing, and violent popcorn throwing. So, as 2016 gets underway, take the time to indulge in a few of last year’s horror titles and feel the terror slip away. Let’s just call it Shock Therapy.

Film

Although a lot of critics would disagree with me, I personally thought that 2015 was a strong year for horror in film. On the one hand, you had the numerous tacky sequels, reboots, and remakes like Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (yes, I really hate Paranormal Activity, thanks for noticing), Poltergeist, and Sinister 2. But, on the other hand, we were treated to some top quality horror titles reminiscent of 2014’s The Babadook and Oculus. Without further ado, here are my top film picks for 2015:

  1. It’s Behind You – It Follows

8385_poster_iphoneIt Follows was one of the most intelligent and impressive horror films that I’ve seen in decades. It combined an original story-line with a winning cast, stunning cinematography, and a soundtrack so provocative that I still get shivers down my spine when I listen to it. That being said, it tends to be one of those films that divides opinion. Some people, myself included, were willing to accept the film’s slow-pace and ambiguous ending because the journey was ultimately more important than the destination, while others were disappointed at the lack of closure and what they perceived as lazy “filler” scenes. For that reason alone, it’s definitely worth watching since, whether you like it or not, it’s sure to create a debate. For a broad perspective (and some spoilers!), we recommend reading Slash Film’s review, which you can find here, and Variety’s review, which you can find here. Alternatively you can read our review (with no spoilers) here.

  1. Who Needs the Summer of Love – Spring

9af64d532c3cdfe6304e627e2d210dfeSpring is a romantic sci-fi horror which, if anything, makes it reasonably unique in the horror community. Like It Follows, Spring tackles an unusual story-line and its success in doing so, or lack thereof, has similarly divided public opinion. The score is beautifully simplistic, the cinematography is undeniably opulent and visually nourishing, the acting is superb, but the strangeness of the story and the use of that age-old, hackneyed “scientific” explanation has disappointed many viewers. As such, it makes for another fantastic watch since it’s sure to stimulate your brain cells and leave you wanting more. We recommend reading The Missing Reel’s review here, or alternatively check out our review here.

  1. You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry – Krampus

krampus-2015-horror-movie-posterKrampus is one of those films that puts a smile on my face every time I think of it. And that’s a relative miracle, considering I despise comedy horrors. My major bone of contention with this subgenre is that they’re often just comedies. If you can just bung a few scary moments or horror tropes into an otherwise non-scary film and call it a “comedy horror” or a “fantasy horror” or (dare I say it) a “Disney horror”, then Scary Movie, A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Pan’s Labyrinth would all be considered horror movies. Where Krampus ultimately succeeds as an actual comedy horror is that the horror and comedy elements are perfectly balanced. The film is funny and scary in equal measure, leading to several moments where my brain became desperately confused as to whether I should laugh or cry (or wet my pants). Like Gremlins and Poltergeist, it’s the perfect gateway horror film for the younger generation and one that people of all ages are sure to enjoy. We recommend watching Red Letter Media’s video review here, or you can check out our written review here.

Honourable Mentions – Goodnight Mommy and Bone Tomahawk, both of which I have yet to watch but have been phenomenally well-reviewed.

Television

Unlike the horror film scene, which has gone from strength to strength, it seems that horror television has really let the side down. There were very few fresh or new series’, leaving us only with stale continuations of franchises that are doomed to (hopefully) burn out in the near future. Don’t get me wrong, I love American Horror Story and The Walking Dead as much as the next person, but sometimes it really does feel like they’re flogging an undead horse. I’ve caught myself yawning my way through whole episodes or, in one instance, falling asleep in an almost upright position. At this stage, if I fall and crack my head open while watching, I’m going to consider suing these guys for “risk of criminal boredom”.

  1. Let’s Get Groovy – Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 1

ash-vs-evil-dead-posterIn amongst horror television behemoths like TWD and AHS, Ash vs Evil Dead stood its ground as one of the most anticipated horror series to grace our television screens. The show sees the return of notorious horror hero Ash, played by the ever enigmatic Bruce Campbell, as he forgoes a much deserved retirement and returns to his one true passion: fighting off evil Deadites. As a comedy horror, the show mixes fun and fear in equal measure, with enough hilariously over-the-top gore to give any of the Evil Dead films a run for their money. What started off as an unexpectedly popular and incredibly low budget festival film has spawned into one of horror’s greatest legacies; and this latest edition proves to be one of the best yet. We strongly recommend you read The Missing Reel’s reviews, as they’ve been following the series episode by episode. You can find their summary review here.

  1. You Can Count on the Countess – American Horror Story: Hotel

8d2a54303c3a74432a9b91af4b1b142fAfter the crushing disappointment of Freak Show and the looming threat of Wes Bentley’s soul-suckingly dull return, my hopes for Hotel and for American Horror Story in general were all but dashed. In many ways, my misgivings were well-founded. Wes Bentley did in fact prove to be one of the worst leading men that the series has ever championed and, like Freak Show, it seemed that the season would largely depend on a sequence of unconnected, exploitative scenes that were designed to shock rather than create a coherent and interesting story-line. That being said, thanks to the superlative acting of Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates, coupled with the intriguing character of the Countess (Lady Gaga) and the eventual development of a solid and stimulating storyline, the season seems to have turned its luck around. It’s certainly not one of their best, but it’s probably not their worst. Probably. We recommend you read Nouse’s episode by episode reviews here, but be forewarned that they are full of spoilers.

  1. A Netflix Unoriginal – Scream: Season 1

tumblr_ngjisf4r8v1u4whbwo1_500Let me be candid here, just because Scream has made it onto my top 3 list does by no means indicate that the series is good or that I liked it. It was simply the lesser of several evils. Scream is one of my all-time favourite movie franchises, and the thought of watching an abortive televised attempt to bleed it dry troubled me deeply. Particularly since beloved horror director Wes Craven tragically died last year, leaving behind an illustrious legacy that could be deeply marred by such an unnecessary reboot. Yet marred it was not. To me, this Netflix original series (which was actually and unsurprisingly produced by MTV) was kind of like a well-choreographed train wreck; it was awful, but I somehow felt compelled to keep watching. In fact, I watched the entire first season in less than two days. It essentially copies several major story elements from the original films, but the key to its success is that it never takes itself too seriously. It makes no claim to be as good as its predecessors; it’s just grade-A TV schlock for teenagers. And, as such, it’s ultimately entertaining, so long as you take it with a pinch of salt. We recommend you read Bloody Disgusting’s incredibly well-balanced episode reviews here, which are chock full of delicious spoilers.

Honourable Mentions – The Walking Dead: Season 6 and Penny Dreadful: Season 2

Video Gaming

2015 may not have been the most prolific year for horror gaming, but lack of quantity was definitely made up for by superb quality. Although the Top 3 games I’ve chosen for 2015 may have been some of the only ones to come out, they certainly made an impression on me and are worthy of any top list, regardless of their release dates.

  1. The Butterfly Effect – Until Dawn

ce3aa35b3dac605f3b543700356c89f8Although it only represented about 8 hours of solid gameplay, Until Dawn was one of the best horror games I’ve ever played. Within the first few weeks of owning it, I had already played it through three times, which goes to show just how little I value my free time. The key to the game’s brilliance is in its Butterfly Effect dynamic. The choices you make in-game will drastically affect the outcome of the story, so much so that certain characters will either live or die. What I loved about Until Dawn was that it inverts your expectations, toying with the behaviours that you will have learnt from other games. When a character dies, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve “failed”; just because the game is telling you to do something, doesn’t mean you should automatically do it; and sometimes exploring the whole area for clues and opening that cellar door simply because “it’s there” isn’t always a good idea. For an ultimately negative but still well-rounded view, we recommend reading Polygon’s review here. If you want something a little more positive, check out our review here.

  1. Let’s Get Digital – Soma

150922094246490097From the makers of the outstanding horror titles Penumbra and Amnesia comes Soma, a sci-fi survival horror about the ramifications of developing AI (Artificial Intelligence). It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a good sci-fi horror game and, in 2015, it seems horror fans were in for a real treat. And what a treat Soma was. As character Stephen Garrett, you find yourself trapped in a submerged research station known as PATHOS-II. The game’s underwater vibe is reminiscent of Bioshock, a game that didn’t exploit its horrific elements nearly as much as it could have done, and its futuristic facility setting evokes scenes from Dead Space. However, like the Amnesia series, the point of Soma is not to fight, but to hide. What follows is a subtle yet disturbing exploration into humanity, providing deep and probing layers of fear that go far beyond what you experience at face-value. We recommend you read Game Rant’s review here.

  1. It’s Like I Have ESPN or Something – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

eathan-carterFor all of you citizens of the PC master race, I realise that The Vanishing of Ethan Carter technically came out in 2014, but for console plebs like myself it wasn’t playable until 2015. The game follows paranormal investigator Paul Prospero, who receives a worrisome fan-letter from 12-year-old Ethan Carter and is prompted to visit Ethan’s home in Red Creek Valley. The game’s graphics are stunning and the world that surrounds you evokes imagery of the New England countryside, making you feel as though you’ve just been dropped into a Stephen King novel. And the similarities to King’s work don’t end there. Like the fictional town of Derry, Red Creek Valley is a beautiful place with a dark secret. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter might not be the scariest horror game in the canon, but the intrigue it produces in the player is undeniable. As you become more wrapped up in the fate of Ethan, you feel yourself slowly disappearing down a rabbit-hole that may have no end. Playstation Lifestyle’s review, which you can find here, describes these elements in far more detail.

 

Last Year in Fear: Our Top Picks for Horror Media in 2015

It Doesn’t Think, It Doesn’t Feel, It Doesn’t Give Up: A Review of It Follows (2015)

it-follows-35781Release Date: March 13th 2015

Director: David Robert Mitchell

Country of Origin: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes

You’re probably all wondering why it’s taken me so long to write a review of It Follows, particularly since the film has been out for over nine months and I’ve been raving about it for nearly as long. The real reason is that I’m incredibly lazy and have a terrible work ethic, but the reason I’ll give you is that it was my favourite horror film of the year. I felt that, with 2015 finally coming to a close, it seemed somehow poetic to leave it to the last minute; one last happy memory of a year so riddled with natural disasters that it pretty much confirmed we are probably all going to perish as a direct result of pollution and global warming. Ah, what a cheerful thought. So snuggle down in your doomsday bunkers and read about why I thought It Follows was the greatest horror film of 2015.

This rather unconventional “creature feature” (for lack of a better subgenre) follows a young girl named Jay (Maika Monroe), who has just begun dating a ruggedly handsome guy named Hugh (Jake Weary). The couple appear to be hitting it off and, in spite of his occasionally suspicious behaviour, Hugh seems to be solid boyfriend material. That is, until they finally have sex. Unlike most scumbags, who just drop you an impromptu phone call when they discover they may have given you the clap, Hugh takes the whole ordeal a step further by strapping Jay to a wheelchair and informing her that he’s passed on a ghastly plague; a sort of supernatural STI that will follow her around and try to kill her. It takes the form of a human being (technically any human being it wants) and is invisible to everyone but her. The upside is it can only walk, so hop on a Segway for the rest of your life and you’ll be fine. Jay must find another unsuspecting victim to sleep with before she too falls victim to this sexy curse.

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Perhaps not the best way to deliver bad news

What immediately attracted me to this film was its unusual premise. While most creature features entail a flurry of violence and tease out the monster’s eventual reveal, It Follows is punctuated by just a few moments of graphic violence and is instead more of slow-burner. The emphasis is taken off of the “creature” and is placed on the protagonist, focusing on Jay’s attempts to escape this entity with the limited means at her disposal. In this way the film feels far more real, since she reacts in much the same way as you imagine that you would. In real life, there are no occult specialists or voodoo princesses knocking around in every high school library or on every street corner. When faced with a supernatural entity that is almost beyond our comprehension, chances are most of us would choose to just run. After all, how are we supposed to fight something that we know virtually nothing about?

As a slow-burner, this film depends almost entirely on the realistic performances of its actors and they certainly deliver believability in spades. The interaction between the characters felt eerily real, as if I was re-watching conversations from my awkward teenage years. There was no Hollywood sparkle, no witty one-liners, and no painfully cheesy dialogue. There was simply the heartfelt and confused rhetoric of a bunch of goofy kids desperately trying to figure out what’s going on and how to stop it. I bought into the dynamic of Jay’s friendship group immediately, and this was what hooked me into the storyline from the beginning.

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On a far more technical note, the cinematography and score of the film are fantastic. Some of the shots are not only breath-taking; they also serve to capture the essence of the film. When Jay leans out of the car after having sex with Hugh and the camera pans over her hand gently caressing a flower, we instantly understand what is being said without the need for dialogue. In many ways, this is a film about growing up and the innocence that is lost in the process. The film’s soundtrack, which was masterminded by US composer Disasterpeace, is a wonderful blend of jarring synth and eerily soothing tunes that are deeply reminiscent of classic 80s horror flicks like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. The violence may not be there on screen, but it exists in the music and atmosphere that David Robert Mitchell has masterfully created.

In terms of the horror elements, it is not the most immediately terrifying film, but it certainly sits with you. One could almost say, it follows you (oh yes, I went there). While I only felt a few twinges of fear whilst watching it, I found myself constantly checking behind me after I left the cinema, swivelling my head around like an owl on meth and wondering which of the many yawning cinema-goers could be “it”. I even gave my family dog a wide berth. Personally, what makes a successful horror movie for me is something that sticks with you long after you’ve watched it, gnawing at you and leaving you with thousands of delightful questions like: What exactly is “it”? What could “it” be a metaphor for? And how do I overcome the suffocating malaise of facing another year on this planet? For these reasons, It Follows holds a special place in my heart and is, without a doubt, my top horror movie of 2015.

If you want to know what other films I’ve loved this year, be sure to check out my reviews of Spring and Krampus.

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Acting: 9/10, all of the performances in the film are solid and the characters are easy to identify with, as they portray teenagers with startling believability.

Storyline: 9/10, the storyline is fresh and original without seeming absurd or unworkable.  

Fear Factor: 8/10, it may not get you while you’re watching it, but it’s sure to send a few shivers down your spine when you’re in the supermarket and you notice that creepy lady with the “come-hither-I-wish-to-murder-you” look.

Overall: 9/10, the performances, score, cinematography, and fascinating premise come together to make one of the finest horror films I’ve seen in decades.

 

It Doesn’t Think, It Doesn’t Feel, It Doesn’t Give Up: A Review of It Follows (2015)

Ten Horror Movies You Should Have Watched By Now: Part II

So welcome to part two of my relentless shaming of others. In part one we covered the first five films of my list: And Then There Were None, Switchblade Romance, Dream Home, Grave Encounters, and Silent House. But where are the other five, I hear you cry? And why am I still reading this? Surely there are better uses for my time? Why didn’t I go to college?

Well your poor life choices are not my responsibility. My responsibility is finishing this list so that you feel inadequate for not having watched all ten of these films and my obsessive compulsive desire to make lists is satisfied (for now).

  1. Afflicted (2013)

Anyone who knows me will have undoubtedly heard me gush about Derek Lee and his amazingly bald head. But this isn’t just about fan girl ranting. Afflicted is a found footage movie about two childhood friends, Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, who decide to take a yearlong trip around the world. The movie seamlessly justifies the fact that Clif Prowse is somehow managing to film all of this in high definition by establishing that Clif Prowse is essentially playing himself, a movie producer that has access to an orgy of filming equipment. Found footage movies depend upon their believability and Afflicted is believable from the outset, primarily because the vast majority of the film is true. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse are childhood friends, they did both produce the movie and they did take a trip around the world (in a manner of speaking).

Afflicted was filmed throughout Barcelona, Paris and rural Italy, and the sets and cinematography are truly stunning. Smooth, panoramic shots of Italy’s countryside and time lapses of old buildings in Barcelona really give you the impression that you are watching a professional travel vlog. But, as with all found footage movies, everything is not what it seems. After a cheeky late night encounter with a French girl in his hotel room, Derek is found unconscious and bleeding. The film then gradually documents our ill-fated travellers as Derek begins to change. The premise of the film, along with a rather innovative twist, make for an interesting watch with plenty of jump scares and it boasts several sequences filmed using a GoPro that are truly inspired. I strongly urge you not to read anything about the film until after you watch it (not even the synopsis on the back of the DVD) as they all contain spoilers that’ll ruin the delicious twist.

  1. Haunt (2013)

So the name might seem a little cliché, and truth be told many elements of the film are a little cliché, but in my opinion Haunt is a chilling little ghost story that is well told and provides a delightful diversion from the gore, jump scares and creepy, make-up slathered children that the horror market has become saturated with lately. The film begins with a man named Frank, who is desperately trying to contact his dead children using an EVP box. Now the EVP box was probably my favourite part of the movie and, if nothing else, makes it worth watching. It’s not a Ouija board, it’s not a tape recorder that’s been specially designed to pick up the voices of the dead, it’s just a cute little wooden box with some light bulbs and dials inside. The image of the EVP box, with its tasteful wood panelling, crackling radio and flickering little light bulbs, just looks far too inviting. Lord knows I wouldn’t mess with a Ouija board, but if I found this funky little box in my attic, I’d certainly be tempted to tinker around with it.

The story primarily revolves around the house, which is where Frank Morello’s family used to live. After a series of tragic accidents, his children perish one-by-one and the house is eventually vacated. We all know this story by now, right? A new family move in and suddenly chairs start a-flying and children’s toys chase the newcomers around the house with kitchen knives. Well, not quite. Though Haunt does borrow a lot of the tropes of its haunted horror brethren, it also incorporates a few innovations of its own. The film focuses less on the new family and far more on the relationship that their teenage son, Evan, has with a young neighbour, who is unfortunately the target of extreme domestic violence. After she escapes the cruel hands of her father, Samantha runs into Evan and the two embark on a touching teenage romance. Yet, if you look a little closer, with each touch of the hand and each warm embrace, a dark figure looms behind them. Haunt is full of wonderful little touches that help gradually build up tension and fear without the use of too many cheap tactics, like the aforementioned jump scares or creepy demon children. Though it may not be the best horror film you’ll watch this year, it’s certainly a tad more refreshing than most.

  1. As Above So Below (2014)

As Above So Below was one of those horror movies where I saw the trailer and was so underwhelmed that I became determined not to watch it. To start with, it was yet another found footage movie to add to the cannon of abominations that started with Cloverfield (or, if you want to get technical, The Blair Witch Project) and has yet to die a horrible, suitable death. On top of that, the whole thing just seemed a little…cheap. I mean, I know found footage horror is meant to look cheap, but this looked really cheap. Like it wasn’t just trying to look cheap, but was actually shot, produced, and acted by some Mexicans that the scriptwriter had picked up outside of Home Depot. The film was released in August of last year, so that pretty much demonstrates how strong my willpower is. I needed me a horror movie, and As Above So Below was the only one on hand. I was desperate, and boy am I glad I was.

The story follows a woman called Scarlett Marlowe, who is an alchemy scholar obsessed with finding the Rosetta Stone. At the start of the film, Scarlett retrieves the “rose key” from an underground system of tunnels in Iran. We are led to believe that this is the key to finding the Rosetta Stone. In spite of the fact that Scarlett is quite possibly the most obnoxious, uncharismatic heroine ever recorded on film, the setup for the story is actually rather intriguing. Scarlett, along with a merry band of disgustingly attractive French bohemians, will travel into the catacombs of Paris in search of the stone. Once inside the tombs, the tension is built gradually as members of the group slowly start to realise that evil forces are at work.

As Above So Below starts off strong but tragically peaks about three quarters of the way through. Some parts of the film, such as the puzzle sequences, are truly inspired and gripped me long after I’d finished watching it. The cinematography and atmosphere is also believably oppressive as our hapless travellers venture further into the crypts. The films main failing is that it doesn’t maintain this tension and this can lead to it becoming a little…boring. The main reason for this is that, as I continued watching, I found that I just simply didn’t care enough about the main characters. They could live, they could have their faces melted off, either way it would have had the same impact on me as eating a bowl of plain yogurt. That being said, As Above So Below is extremely watchable and boasts several highpoints that’ll make up for the main characters lack of charisma.

  1. The Babadook (2014)

If it’s in a word, if it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of…the feeling that your feet will never be safe outside of the duvet again. After watching The Babadook, one can’t help the feeling that all of those childhood fears of monsters under the bed have suddenly, violently come rushing back. It’s an Australian horror movie that really took the Sundance Film Festival by storm last year. It tells the story of a single mother named Amelia, who is trying to balance her job in a nursing home with raising her wayward son Samuel after her husband’s untimely death. Now first it must be said, Samuel has to be quite possibly the creepiest looking kid in horror movie history. Like I’m talking googly eyed, feral haired, potentially drooling, gap toothed, abomination of nature. His head looks like a squash. I mean good lord, where did they find this kid? Did they make his face out of recycled yogurt pots?

Anyway, Samuel’s oddly shaped…ness is entirely beside the point. Samuel has become obsessed with protecting his mother from “monsters” and has even created quite a few ingenious devices to this end. Unfortunately these ingenious devices keep breaking windows, crippling his classmates and generally causing unnecessary havoc for all of those around him. From the get-go ol’ gourd-head seems a little unhinged, so when he comes across a ratty looking picture book called “The Babadook” and demands that his mother read it to him, we already know that a certain something is about to hit the fan, so to speak. And, like Samuel, the book is just plain creepy.

It features a bogeyman figure named the “babadook” that will supposedly secretly edge its way into your life and proceed to terrorise you, demanding that you “let it in”. The book is wonderfully presented, with an unnerving, scrawling art style that accentuates the unnatural features of the babadook whilst still appearing suitably childish. The singsong rhyme in which the story is told puts you immediately on edge and the final lines, “If it’s in a word, if it’s in a book, you can’t get rid of the Babadook”, will resonate with you long after the sequence is over. As the film progresses, the babadook appears to be more than a twisted childhood fantasy, as it gradually steals its way into the lives of Amelia and Samuel. Essie Davis’ performance as Amelia makes for some of the best acting I’ve seen in any film this year, horror or no, and her withering state as she struggles to cope with the loss of her husband while battling the oppressive, supernatural force that bears down on her family is what makes the film so poignant. In other words, what makes this film so brilliant is not only that it’s incredibly scary, but also that it’s incredibly moving. With that in mind, I’d strongly recommend this movie to anyone, regardless of whether they’re a horror fanatic or not.

  1. It Follows (2014)

Ever since I saw It Follows at the cinema, I’ve been compelled to listen to its soundtrack, on a loop, frantically rocking back and forth, waiting until it finally comes out on DVD. I need to watch this film again, deep in my bones. I haven’t been this restless since I saw Men In Black at the cinema when I was seven years old. But seven year old me had the money and the wherewithal to go see MIB three full times at the cinema, whilst modern-day me is poor and prone to binging on popcorn. It Follows is one of those films that just sticks with you, resonating with you long after you’ve finished watching it. One could almost say…it follows you (I’m not the first person to make that joke and dammit I hope I’m not the last).

It Follows originally debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was met with great critical acclaim. It tells the story of a young girl named Jay who has just embarked on a new relationship with a guy named Hugh. However, their burgeoning romance is cut short when they enjoy their first sexual encounter and Hugh confesses he’s been hiding a terrifying secret. Now, as all post-pubescent teenagers and young adolescents know, confessions are the last thing you want to hear after you’ve just engaged in “the nasty” with another person, particularly one you don’t know that well. Yet what Jay is about to hear is worse than anything she could possibly imagine. Worse than an untreated STI, worse than hyper fertile sperm, Hugh has passed a plague onto Jay that will doggedly follow her until she manages to offload it onto someone else. Hugh kindly informs Jay that something will follow her that no one else can see and that will take the shape of a human being, be it a young boy or a naked old woman (yes, you heard me, leathery skin, liver spots and all). It will always be walking, not running, but slowly, purposefully trudging its way towards her with obvious mal intent. If it reaches her, it will kill her and then revert back to Hugh, moving down the line till it reaches the person that started the whole thing.

It Follows is beautifully shot, with cinematography that is truly breath-taking at times. The score, masterminded by instrumental band Disasterpiece, is wonderfully, perfectly jarring and reminiscent of classic 80s horror films like Halloween and Friday the 13th. In fact, the film itself plays out like an homage to these behemoths of horror. The acting is gratifyingly believable as the main characters engage in the banal, offhand conversations typical of teenage youth and the storyline, though simple, is refreshingly original. For me, It Follows ticks all of the boxes and remains one of my favourite films of 2014.

Ten Horror Movies You Should Have Watched By Now: Part II