Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi, Bailey Spry
Creepy. Skilled. Monotonous.
One of the more successful and admired horror pictures of recent years, I found its intriguing premise by film’s end to be tedious and its gratifications too few and far between. A teenage girl decides to go all the way with a predictably dubious male character, and finds she’s being followed, slowly but surely by some anomalous figure. Despite cool stylistic touches, like the dreamlike quality of the action or the fantastic retro soundtrack, the film just isn’t scary enough to me to recommend it. Aberrant, yes. Weird, yes. But not scary. I think it could work better as a warning in sex ed classes than as a horror flick.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-