The Dreadful Comfort of Slow Burn Horror and ‘It Follows’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Bait Bus.

We’re deep into September after an August filled with queer dinner parties, bees and flies. After last week’s escape to Germany with Der Samurai, we’re back on US soil and firmly rooted in the suburbs of Detroit with David Robert Mitchell‘s contemporary classic, It Follows.

We’re joined by Trace’s hubbie Ari Drew, who helps unpack the story of Jay (Maika Monroe), a teen who is assaulted following a sexual encounter with what she thought was a decent guy (Jake Weary). As she gathers her friends close – including shitty neighbor Greg (Daniel Zovatto) and lovesick Paul (Keir Gilchrist) – Jay starts seeing mysterious people in white slowly advancing on her wherever she goes.

Is she cursed? Can she survive? And at what cost?

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Episode 142 – It Follows (2014) feat. Ari Drew

After two years, we’re FINALLY tackling a top request from listeners: David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (2014). Along for the ride is Trace’s better half, Ari Drew, who has developed a special connection to the film during the pandemic.

Expect a lot of comparisons to Hereditary and other “slow burn/feel bad films”, including speculation about why horror audiences may struggle with these films, particularly on a first watch.

Also: how It Follows evokes a sense of timelessness, why the opening scene is a perfect short film, why Ari finds so much comfort in a dread-filled film, and how Joe has come around on the pool climax.

Plus: plenty of healthy debate about the ending, talk about shitty boys, and, finally, pondering the fate of Bait Bus.

Cross out It Follows!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re “celebrating” a maligned entry in the NoES franchise: Rachel Talalay’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of additional content! This month, we’ll have episodes on Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, James Wan’s Malignant, Netflix’s series Brand New Cherry Flavor, as well as an audio commentary on 30 Days  of Night and a minisode on weird horror films.

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