My boyfriend turned to look at me with my cardigan pulled up to my bottom lip. “Are you cold?” He whispered. “No”, I replied, before grinning. I was terrified.
The cause of my thrilled, yet trembling self was It Follows – the latest horror movie scaring people shitless and blowing them away – the story of Jay and the monster following her. Having it passed on to her like an STI, it’s a relatable and gripping tale that continuously places you in her shoes. It’s helped along by its score by Disasterpeace, aka Rich Vreeland, which perfectly conveys anxiety and that feeling of nightmarish fear.
Listening to the score of It Follows afterwards freaked me out more than remembering the film did. It reminded me of John Carpenter’s synthy Halloween, while for my boyfriend he heard Goblin’s vibes from Suspiria. It was drawing on a rich history of horror movie soundtracks, and as it turned out these references were direct influences.