I am a sucker for a 'curse' film, where the likeable protagonist accidentally gets the attention of a grumpy entity, bent on nastiness. Films such as The Woman in Black, The Ring (in Japanese for purists, or the fairly decent remake if you are not feeling like subtitles) or Drag Me To Hell all have people stumbling into the bad books of ghosts who want to kill them. The reason I particularly liked It Follows is that the motive of the entity is never explained. There is no lost child, no awful childhood, it just exists and the heroine spends the entire movie either running away from it or attempting to kill it. When I considered that, it brought to mind this...
|The Lady of Shalott (1888) John William Waterhouse|
|The Lady of Shalott (1857) Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|The Lady of Shalott (1890-1905) William Holman Hunt|
|Bust of Arthur Hallam Francis Chantry|
|The Lady of Shalott William Maw Egley|
|"I am half sick of shadows" said the Lady of Shalott Sidney Harold Meteyard|
|The Lady of Shalott Henry Peach Robinson|
|The Lady of Shalott Elizabeth Siddal|
|The Lady of Shalott (c.1894) J W Waterhouse|
As the poem continues to have a strange resonance with us after all these years, possibly we all feel like that in the end.