It Follows – A Journey to Maturity?

By Andrew of Partisan Cantina

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Photo Credit – It Follows

I adore almost all genres of film. I will bore anyone that will listen about film noir, westerns, gangster flicks, French new wave, indie movies, sci-fi, superhero films, and Star Wars (yes, I’m placing the galaxy far, far away in a category all of its own). One genre that I never could quite warm to was horror movies. I suspect this was because of poor choices in initial viewing; that plus the fact that I am a world-renowned scaredy-cat. I go faint and squeamish at the sight of all that blood. I go weak at the knees at the sound of a drill warming up. With trusted online companions such as Michael and Kalie though, I gradually realised that I was missing out on the nuances of the genre with my blanket ban. I decided that I was going to go on a journey this summer through the thrills and spills of the horror section. Continue reading “It Follows – A Journey to Maturity?”

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It Follows – A Journey to Maturity?

Don’t Breathe Didn’t Take My Breath Away

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Photo Credit – Don’t Breathe

I entered Don’t Breathe with mixed expectations.  On the one hand, one website called it one of the scariest movies in two decades.  But, it seems, every horror movie can find a website or critic to make a similar claim about it lately.   In fact, I feel as if I’ve naively prepared myself up for a mind-blowing classic over and over again, only to be let down by some critic’s one-sentence profession of adoration.  And the premise of Don’t Breathe, while certainly original, appeared to have the makings of a thriller more than a horror movie.  As it turns out, many of my preconceived notions were correct.  Don’t Breathe does, for most of the movie, remind one an awfully lot of a thriller, and it’s only scary insofar as you can refrain from shaking your head too vehemently at the main characters, who, it might be argued, are asking for what they get.  My thoughts?  It is what it is.  The premise was inherently hard to execute successfully, and I was never truly scared while I was watching it.  I consider it important to see every horror film that comes out in theaters (since I consider horror blogging my non-professional profession) but if you’re not so adamant, you might be able to skip this one without missing out on anything substantial. Continue reading “Don’t Breathe Didn’t Take My Breath Away”

Don’t Breathe Didn’t Take My Breath Away