FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST in association with Rialto Distribution will host a Double Feature that harks back to the classic era of Aussie Drive-In programming with THE WRETCHED + IT FOLLOWS at Queensland’s historic Yatala Drive-In on Saturday 6th of June.
Fresh from US theatrical release where its just spent a fourth week as the No.1 film at the box office, The Butcher Brothers‘ rural horror meets nightmarish fairytale THE WRETCHED! After an incident in school sees him shipped off to a small coastal town to work in his father’s dockside custodial business, a defiant teenage boy, Ben (John-Paul Howard) faces off against a child-eating swamp witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
For the first-time on the Drive-In screen, David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 cult classic and artful psychosexual horror IT FOLLOWS. For 19-year–old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
Saturday 6th of June 8:30pm
100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Rd
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘The Heckler,’ ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘The Gunman,’‘The Age Of Adaline,’ ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,’ and ‘It Follows′. This episode also contains interviews with Ben Stiller, Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Kevin James, Maika Monroe, Daniel Zovatto and Markos Rounthwaite.
We also talk to Richard Todd about Frackman, Chris Houghton about Touch, Dustin Clare and Michelle Joy Lloyd about Sunday, while comedian Miles Allen stops by to tell us about One Man Breaking Bad.
Summary: A chance sexual encounter for young Jay Height (Kelly Height) with her newfound boy, Hugh (Jake Weary) suddenly leaves her with an unwanted horror (slowly) following her around hellbent on killing her. But with more questions than answers raising their head Jay realises that this is a horror that could soon prove deadly to herself, her sister Kelly (Lili Sepe) and her friends Paul (Keir Gilchrist) and Yara (Olivia Luccardi).
Worse still seems to be the fact that the only way Jay can get rid of the horror is to pass it off by sleeping with somebody else. While it seems like Paul and the bad-boy-down-the-street Greg (Daniel Zovatto) are only too happy to take up that challenge Jay isn’t sure if she wants to pass this horror onto somebody else.
Subtext in horror films over the years hasn’t exactly been subtle. Any horror film buff will tell that during the 1980s and 1990s there were a flood of horror films that wanted to ‘warn’ it’s audience using a video nasty to gets it’s point across. Whether the film was telling a babysitter to keep her eyes on the kids she was looking after rather than make out with her boyfriend or highlighting the fact that the kids doing drugs at the party were most likely to be the next slasher victim, the subtext in horror often worked if it were done well. Obviously paying attention to these films was director/screenwriter David Robert Mitchell (who directed 2010’s The Myth Of The American Sleepover), because his latest film, It Follows, tells a cautionary tale of promiscuous sex for all to see.
Perhaps it is because we have been starved of any decent horror flicks in general release cinema over the past couple of years but It Follows is a complete breath of fresh air in the horror genre. For once we aren’t lining up to see a film that isn’t a sequel, a remake or linked to The Conjuring in any way… and the good news is that it works.
There is something eerily special about It Follows despite its very simple storyline and its relatively low budget (around the two million dollar mark). For once we aren’t watching glamour teens getting sliced and diced, instead Mitchell’s teenagers feel like they are ripped out of a Larry Clarke film like Bully or Ken Park, they are ‘loser’ teens with not much money and a lot of time of their hands… and you know what that only goes to make this film feel even more natural. With Mitchell’s smart directional style that has the audience gasping every time an extra walks behind Jay and the cinematography style of Mark Gioulakis the film turns the suburbs into something dark and eerie in much the same way as films such as Acolytes or Dean O’Flaherty’s Beautiful. Once again that ups the stakes of the horror as the audience immediately relates to both the characters and the setting.
The fact that the script actually does call upon some characterization and acting by its cast also gives some of the young members a real chance to show Hollywood exactly what they are made of. Daniel Zovatti puts out an air of a dirty James Dean as he portrays hero ‘bad-boy’ Greg Hannigan while Maika Monroe puts in a thoughtful, tough and sometimes sultry portrayal of Jay. Surely on the back of this film she is going to be hot property in Hollywood. Almost stealing her thunder though is Keir Gilchrist whose puppy dog eyes often has the audience on his side, while his great mix of comedy and dramatic acting easily makes him a fan favourite.
It Follows is certainly a film for the true horror fanatic. Anyway expecting to tune in and get a few cheap thrills as someone gets hacked to death is in for a real surprise. While the film itself may kind of hark back to teenage horrors like Disturbing Behaviour or The Faculty David Robert Mitchell’s naturalistic style of filmmaking has ended up creating a smart horror with a very natural film to it. He is certainly a director to watch and let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t sully this film by making a ridiculous sequel… although one is rumored to already be in the works.
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Other Subculture Entertainment It Follows reviews: You will also be able to hear our It Follows review on an upcoming episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.
This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Dior & I,’ ‘Samba,’ ‘A Little Chaos,’ ‘Furious 7 (Fast & Furious 7),’‘The Duff,’ ‘Journey To Space (3D),’ ‘The Salt Of The Earth,’ ‘Black Sea’and ‘x+y′. This episode also contains interviews with Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Jude Law.
Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win passes to see a special screening of ‘It Follows’ at Cinema Nova in Melbourne.