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Jul 01 2020

The New Classics: It Follows

By迈克尔·库苏马诺

场景:在解释规则
每部电影有恐怖灵异需要“规则”的场景。我们制定出的英雄是他们反对和正是一个为什么他们是在很深很深的麻烦。这些场景需要的电影要取得微妙的平衡。你要足够的信息,以便我们能够得到的动态,牢牢把握,没有细枝末节陷入困境。分享七天或模具磁带。得到它了!太多,你最终会喜欢的英雄Inception, shouting explanations at each other well into the film’s second hour. Not enough and the threat ends up too vague to be scary. Pennywise the Clown can do anything at any time, and kill kids sometimes but not others based on nothing. Whatever.

The best modern example of this scene, the one that hits the balance exactly right, is the post-coital explanation scene from David Robert Mitchell’sIt Follows(2015)...

College student Jay (Maika Monroe) is out with her boyfriend Hugh and after having sex in a parked car, Hugh does a heel turn and chloroforms her. She wakes up tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse. It feels like the start of aSawscenario but instead of torture Hugh carefully explains that by having sex with him she contracted a malevolent demon that only she can see, which can take the appearance of any person. It will pursue her relentlessly and if it catches her it will kill her. And so on, and so on, until the entity arrives on cue in the form of a naked woman strolling deliberately through the warehouse.

The first thing jumps about this scene is that it works as a horror scene in its own right. No pausing the action for an exposition dump, it’s as scary as any of the film’s horror set pieces. The use of the Snorricam (the fixed mount on the chair) is nerve-jangling and the scene is clever in the way it gets us thinking backwards. If Hugh is willing to go to such an elaborate lengths to convince Jay of the situation, something must have pushed him to this level of desperation. The entity becomes more intimidating by implication. This presentation is so effectively traumatizing it also eliminates the need for that obligatory stretch of the movie where a few bodies need to pile up before the hero believes the threat is real. Jay is fleeing for her life a mere two scenes later, no follow up session required. (We in the audience require zero convincing, having seen It’s gruesome handiwork in the best self-contained horror opening since呐喊。)

Mitchell is devious in the way he plays with the implicit promise that in setting up the rules of the game, the heroes will figure a way out of danger. The heroes ofIt Followsnever will. The basic calculus laid out in the rules scene never changes. They do their damnedest, and often it feels like the story is following the traditional arc where the kids make progress toward a solution, but it’s all illusory, Like when the gang learns they can slow down but not kill the entity with bullets. Why? How? The answer exists in the darkness beyond the rules. The term “dream logic” can feel like an excuse tossed around to pardon lazy writing, butIt Followsearns this descriptor. It’s part of the reason I enjoy the film’s divisive climax. “Throw the toaster in the pool!” is just the kind of note you would leave yourself in the middle of the night believing the perfect answer came to you in a dream, only to wonder what the hell you were thinking in the cold light of morning

Trying to parse the finer points of the rules is one of the pleasure ofIt Follows,即使米切尔明智地离开所有这些迂腐辩论的电影出来。它可以追你到国外?难道拿在大洋底平面或散步吗?什么恰恰构成了性行为的足够足够的转移魔咒?如果你停在沉重的爱抚将它只是键入你的车,继续前进?观众总是会渴望更多的答案。不安全的电影制片人娇惯的观众太多的论述,只有在赢得他们的蔑视成功。每一个答案,只是一个新的问题来源。试图解释什么应该被没说,你只生产了恶意nitpickers的军队弹药“嗯,实际上是”你被人遗忘。更好地展示了一点严厉的爱。 More explanation may be what the audience wants, but films likeIt Follows知道他们需要什么。

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最好的恐怖片我在过去十年中已经看到的肯定是一个。

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家thevoid99

精彩片!我认为,米切尔处理整个“解释”序列令人难以置信的好,做什么是如此的往往是乏味的阐述铆接和可怕的观众。许多过于字面观众试图毁灭它需要遵循与所有的“假设”,但它并没有对我的工作,我认为这是经典的瞬间,发现它容纳非常好经反复观看。而且得分Disasterpeace!也经典。

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家Rob

一个在过去十年中最overpraisied电影。可怕的起搏,业余演出,和荒谬的第三幕。

Cute score though.

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家马克斯

Love this movie. Nice article.

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家ScottC

我觉得第三幕下降相比,前两个是非常令人印象深刻稍扁,但它仍然是近期我最喜欢的恐怖片之一。

And the score is amazing.

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家Philip H.

这是非常令人惊讶和有效的恐怖成膜导演显然是约翰木匠的粉丝

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家Jaragon

Count me among the fans. I also think the third act is weaker than what precedes it, but it doesn't diminish the impact of the film as a whole for me.

2020年7月1日|未注册的批评家thefilmjunkie

我觉得第三幕贡献很多是什么让这部电影如此不同。越少多事越暗示。同时,它适合更好地展示什么不工作,而不是什么它确实。添加更多不确定性的情况导致可怕的情景。

July 2, 2020 |未注册的批评家Me34

I wonder if all the people demanding concrete answers to the film’s mysteries inspired the protagonist of Under the Silver Lake

July 2, 2020 |未注册的批评家迈克尔·库苏马诺

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