I Will Follow You Into the Dark (2013) Review

Following the death of her parents 6 months apart from each other, Sophia (Mischa Barton) begins to challenge the belief in the afterlife and denouncing everything about it. It’s not too long afterwards that Sophia meets Adam (Ryan Eggold) and she soon starts to fall for him. As their relationship flourishes, Sophia begins to encounter strange occurrences. While staying the night at Adam’s, she wakes to find Adam missing, and a trail of blood leading to an abandoned level of his building. With Adam’s roommate Astrid (Leah Pipes), her own roommate Sam (Jaz Martin), and Sam’s date Penny (Melinda Y. Cohen), the four begin a search for Adam that takes them to a world of darkness they’ve never imagined.

This indie supernatural film is another example of why many indie film surpass major films released today. It is purely substance over style. While the film does have it’s jump scare moments, they are kept to a minimum. It is very atmospheric with a creepy setting and uses the fear of the unknown to keep the story going. Mischa Barton gives an excellent performance as our lead who will stop at nothing and go to great lengths to get back the man she loves. Also highly noted is Leah Pipes as Astrid, Adam’s perky roommate. Pipes provides most of the comedic elements in the film, but once things get going, she begins to be the one we relate to the most as far as the thinking processes. While I Will Follow you Into the Dark does heavily use the supernatural/afterlife genre and builds suspense, the dramatic elements are also strongly present. We watch as Sophia is tested with her beliefs, but it is also bound with her determination to get the love of her life back. All of the elements it has going for it works. While the ending felt a little rushed, it really doesn’t take away much from the film and the story.

My rating: 8/10

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