The problem with recent horror films is that they often lack originality. Predictability, cliché and cheesy remakes often plague the genre. So what writer and director, David Robert Mitchell attempts is to create something new, with genuine horror - not jump-scares or convention. In this process, he strikingly shames most horror films and highlights their lack of horror...
For nineteen-year old Jay (Maika Monroe), Autumn should be about school, boys and weekends by the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter with Hugh (Jake Weary), she is ‘passed on’ a horrific vision and inescapability that someone is following and trying to kill her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to only be a few steps behind.
Of course it sounds like a teen-slasher based on that. But it is not. In fact far from it, instead, it builds psychologically with real tension and genuine horror. It starts tense and ends tense and doesn’t let up much in between rather than mindless killers. Through its evocative originality and craft it easily secures itself as one of the 21st centuries best horror films!
Like John Carpenter’s Halloween, Maika Monroe plays the Jamie Lee Curtis-type character as her life slowly falls crumbles. Mixed with the haunting score and pacing it feels like a return to the genre. It’s an ingenious premise and plays on the conventions like we are still in the 70’s and 80’s.
Sure, a sexually transmitted disease that hunts you down seems a bit graphic and daft on paper… But witnessing this as more of a grotesque or sinister game of ‘Tag, You’re It’ – and you are guaranteed a horrific rollercoaster.