The movie is full of these sorts of subtleties and odd environmental clues. The time period makes no sense; One of the characters is using some sort of clam-shell e-reader, but all the TVs are black and white and pristine cars from the 70s are on the street with modern vehicles. Jay’s mom is an alcoholic and her father is dead. The seasons make no sense, alternating from swimming-pool weather to winter coats to pumpkins on porches. The faces that It puts on that are not someone that the victim knows are pulled from its catalog of previous victims.

Most people I’ve seen expressing disappointment with the movie cite that they felt the movie was overhyped for what we got, but I can’t agree, even in part. There is just so much to unpack in that movie, I could go on at considerable length. Yes, it wasn’t necessarily scary, but people saying that it wasn’t even a horror movie is just a baffling assertion.

If you want to talk about overhyped movies, that’s why The Babadook exists. It’s not a bad movie, per se, but I didn’t think it was particularly great. The climax of the movie certainly didn’t help things where they apparently couldn’t afford a decent sound effects budget and instead pulled from the same library that gave us the sounds the Dragon Zord made in Power Rangers all those years ago. It robbed the scene of all seriousness and just made it laughable.

The fact that people were championing “Watch The Babadook instead!” around the time that It Follows was making its rounds in theaters will never not be a mystery to me. But as I’ve already established, I don’t understand the world anymore.

So in conclusion, I have no conclusion. Consider yourself warned about It Comes at Night and go watch It Follows.

Or don’t. I don’t give a shit either way.


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