A John Carpenter-esque score brings the next film I dive into for DK Canada’s The Movie Book to creepy life. The next big recommendation in the book was the original J-Horror film, Ringu, one I had previously reviewed quite some time ago. So I happily dug into the What Else to Watch list, and came across this unnerving film.
The story follows Jay (Maika Monroe), who is endowed with a curse after a sexual encounter with Hugh (Jake Weary). It seems the act of sex with Hugh passed on something, not a STD but something even more terrifying a paranormal presence that stalks her, following her unrelentingly, with a steady, unstoppable pace.
It can look like anyone, but Jay things there’s a reason, and she and her friends are trying to find out what the being’s story is, even as she debates passing it on, just to save her own life.
If she doesn’t pass it on, and the thing reaches her, touches her, it can kill her, and then it will go after whoever infected her, working its way back to the source.
There’s something truly horrifying about an unstoppable, slowly walking being that can find you, anywhere. Setting it in suburbia, and pairing it with a score that definitely feels like it’s influenced by Carpenter embodies the film with an indie horror film, like Halloween, or Ringu.
It’s dark, occasionally funny, serves as the eternal warning about having sex in horror movies, and has some truly chilling moments.
Like a lot of these horror films if you allow yourself to get caught up in the story, you can find yourself talking to the screen a lot, and warning people to be careful and don’t open that door and oh, shit, look out!
I like films that get so involving. I’m not saying this is a believable film, but it’s well-educated, fairly well thought out, and embraces its mythology, even as the viewer is trying to figure out why these things are happening… and if it can be stopped or is it one long endless line of sex, and an infection being passed on one to the other, with sex and love being a temporary escape from the ever lurking specter of death that in the end, pursues us all at a steady, unstoppable pace.
The young cast is terrific, and I enjoy the way Mitchell, who serves as writer and director, tells his story. It’s a captivating looking film that takes you in and scares you. It’s smart, well-crafted and very entertaining.
And this one could work for a number of viewers because there isn’t a lot of blood and gore, it’s just more of a spooky ghost story that centers around sex.
But if that’s not your thing, pick up a copy of DK Books’ The Movie BBook and find a new to you classic to watch tonight.