#FollowMe (2019) Horror Movie Review
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Sam Hardy
Writer: Sam Hardy
Producers: Andrew Dymond, Sam Hardy, Justin Richards, Juta Steel
Date Released: June 4, 2019
Kara Kingsward-Hughes as Sophie
Scarlett Davies as Jessica
Maria Louis as Lisa
Tyler Gallant as Brandon
Connor Garelick as Cody
Sam Hardy as Jake
Ike Catcher as Ike
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
#FollowMe (2019) is about three girls from London, England who travel to Los Angeles, California to post a vlog (i.e. a video blog) about their vacation. However, after posting a video with the hashtag “follow me,” the girls, Sophie (Kara Kingsward-Hughes) and her two friends, Jessica (Scarlett Davies) and Lisa (Maria Louis) soon become stalked by an unknown person. When the girls travel to an area outside of Los Angeles, the true terror begins and they must try to stop the stalker before he catches them.
#Followme (2019) is a tame slasher movie and incorporates little blood and gore. There is one notable scene at the end of the film in which Sofie is stabbed multiple times. However, the film does not visually display blood splatter or similar circumstances. Rather, the film focuses on the anticipation of the stalker and the continual and uncomfortable feeling of being followed and watched throughout the film.
The Grave Review
#FollowMe (2019) falls within the sub genre of found footage which has already saturated the horror genre. There is a proliferation of movies out there that uses this style to tell their stories. Some of the better known movies include The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. As such, #Followme essentially relies on this found footage style and consists mainly of vlog footage rather than a traditional style of cinematography.
The acting was commendable but with every found footage film, you can only take the performance so far. It is not unusual you come across found footage horror films with poor performances and even bad scripts. For the most part, #Followme (2019) felt like watching a YouTube vlog, rather than an actual movie. However, there is a strong message about the use of social media and the importance of knowing how to use it in a safe way. For any of us that use these sites, there exists an unwarranted risk and a definite threat of potential stalkers.
#Followme (2019) is relatable and interesting in the sense that it is what we experience and see in our daily lives. The plot and screenplay show a definite direction and clear aim from the start. The film does what it intended out to do, that is, create a story about the fear of social media. It is unfortunate that the ending was anti-climactic and the whole film does not hold the viewers attention enough to be memorable.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Review gives #Followme (2019) three graves out of five graves.
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