Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965)

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Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster: Directed by Robert Gaffney. With Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, Lou Cutell, Nancy Marshall. A Martian princess and a doctor replace the women on Mars, destroyed by atomic war, by raiding Puerto Rico while a shot down android terrorizes all.

“It Follows is a horror film made for horror fans, and itu0026#39;s about time one of those came around again.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is a movie that was light on the jump scares, which is a delightful change of pace. In the past few years more and more horrors have relied on jump scares to make up for the true scariest part of any horror film, the sense of dread. Dread is felt in this movie almost immediately because it combines so well with the tone, another forgotten about ingredient in horrors.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere is no real way to explain the plot of this film without it coming across like a more twisted game of u0026quot;tag,u0026quot; which played a part in exactly how many people I could talk into seeing it after the mixed feelings from the trailer. That being said, the film breaks a lot of the norms set by todayu0026#39;s u0026quot;scaryu0026quot; films. This is a movie that knows what itu0026#39;s doing, and its main concern is to make the audience feel as if they are a part of the experience with the sense of realism. With the enemy being as far-fetched as it may come across in conversation, itu0026#39;s easy to get caught up in the surroundings of the characters looking for u0026quot;it.u0026quot; Having to watch over the charactersu0026#39; shoulders throughout the movie makes it all the more frightening when something IS seen, and thereu0026#39;s never a sense of safety.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt Follows takes a good deal from the greats in the horror genre, namely Halloween. I recall a great deal of times thinking u0026quot;wait, that was in Halloween,u0026quot; where the background is scarier than what could pop up out of the shadows with some loud sound surrounding it. The score in this movie is simply unnerving and remarkable. It adds to the tone and creates an even more frightening and uncomfortable feeling when u0026quot;itu0026quot; has appeared. It was as if I were watching a great Carpenter movie in the theater, and itu0026#39;s been a great while since such a possessing and haunting score has come along. It truly is like another character in the movie, but used so well it adds to already-present uneasy feeling that one has while watching.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt Follows delivers where other recent horrors have failed, it creates memorable moments and characters which the audience feels for. Also unlike recent films, there is no way to predict what direction the movie will take, and there is finally not a completely predictable ending. Horror movies have taken easy ways out and desensitized the audience throughout by having things jump on screen which make the u0026quot;big momentsu0026quot; feel insignificant and forgettable because audiences have been jumped at so much they just donu0026#39;t care anymore and theyu0026#39;re ready to see u0026quot;the monster dieu0026quot; (Iu0026#39;m oversimplifying of course, but the intent is clear). Meanwhile, this film has (quietly) some of the most memorable terrifying sequences of the decade thus far.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOf course, Iu0026#39;d have a useless review if I didnu0026#39;t address the performances of It Follows. All of the other elements Iu0026#39;ve brought up in the review were almost created by, and greatly assisted by, the acting. If the acting is bad (which is a common thing in horrors), then itu0026#39;s hard to make anything else believable, which distances the audiences and takes away a lot of the sense of terror. The acting is so real by the cast that they make this plot seem genuine. Theyu0026#39;re not the usual teens that the audience can scream u0026quot;why did they not think of..u0026quot; or u0026quot;I wouldu0026#39;ve..u0026quot; at. They address the horrifying situations as real people would, theyu0026#39;re not magically filled with some convenient insight and theyu0026#39;re not face-palmingly idiotic, either.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn a year filled with soon-to-be many blockbusters and money makers, It Follows will be remembered by many as one of the best of the year. It is a film that embodies all things horror, and pays great homage to what made people adore the genre. Like a good brand of medication, without the side-effects, It Follows is what the genre needed and is, to me, one of the best horror films of the decade to this point. With all of the key ingredients in place, weu0026#39;ve got a great film here. 9/10.”


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