FOLLOW HER is a new psychological thriller with lots of horror elements. A simple but strong story that surprises again and again. Also, it is chockful of pop culture references, which makes it very meta. In all the right ways, fortunately. Screened for Fantaspoa 2022. Read our full Follow Her movie review here!
FOLLOW HER is a new psychological thriller that just premiered at the Fantaspoa film festival in Portugal. There it won several awards and when you watch it, you’ll understand why. Officially, it’s labeled a “psycho-sexual thriller” which is absolutely accurate. However, I would argue that it also features moments of straight-up horror.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU ENJOYED
The movie (which also had the working title Classified Killer) has a runtime of 95 minutes, which is also to its advantage. You won’t get a chance to be bored with this one, because it continuously surprises – often in absolutely brilliant ways.
Continue reading our Follow Her movie review below.
It’s all very meta
Follow Her is chockful of pop culture references as well as being very meta. For the longest time, you won’t be sure if what’s happening is real or just pretend. Neither does the main protagonist which makes for a very uncomfortable experience for both her and us.
Ultimately, you will get all the answers. Whether you like them is another thing. I did!
However, I suspect not everyone will. Also, the fact that it’s billed as “female-created” will definitely keep some people from watching it. That will be their loss. Just like you will be wrong to assume that men are “bad” and women are “good” in this story. It’s much more complex than that. As it should be!
Brilliant duo leads
Okay, calling the two main characters a “duo” might be over-selling their roles in this movie. However, their interactions are what makes the story in Follow Her work so damn well.
The main protagonist, Jess Peters, is portrayed by Dani Barker (Starvival), who is also the screenwriter of Follow Her. Across from her, we have Luke Cook who plays the screenwriter (and possibly demented serial killer) Tom Brady in the movie. The two of them have amazing chemistry and banter.
It becomes a cat-and-mouse game where you’ll keep wondering who is the cat and who is the mouse. Also, is it really a game or something much more dangerous.
Whatever it is, you’ll be immensely entertained on the road to finding out. Dani Barker is great as the person guiding the audience while Luke Cook (Lucifer Morningstar on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) is brilliant as portraying the very umm “eccentric” Tom Brady. I enjoyed watching every minute with him. Even though I never trusted him – which you shouldn’t from everything you see and hear!
Watch Follow Her as soon as you get the chance!
Sylvia Caminer is the director of Follow Her which was written by the star of the film, Dani Barker. As far as I can tell, this is the feature film debut of Sylvia Caminer. She’s worked on short films, TV series documentaries, and feature-length documentaries before though, so she’s quite the experienced director already.
As mentioned initially, Follow Her premiered at the Fantaspoa film festival in Portugal where it won several awards. For me, one award tends to be the most important, when I’m to figure out if I should prioritize watching it; The Audience Award. And yes, it did win that one along with Best Film and Best Actress. All of them are very much deserved!
If you weren’t quite sure if this was for you, then please take this as a sign to make sure you check it out as soon as you can. It is very much worth your time!
UPDATE: Follow Her is coming to limited theaters and VOD platforms on June 2, 2023.
FOLLOW HER was screened as part of Fantaspoa 2022. For more information on the festival, please visit www.fantaspoa.com.
Director: Sylvia Caminer
Writer: Dani Barker
Stars: Dani Barker, Luke Cook, Eliana Jones & Mark Moses
Struggling actress and live-streamer Jess Peters (Dani Barker), known to her online followers as J-PEEPS, has finally found her hook: Secretly filming creepy interactions she encounters via online job listings, and using the kinks of others to fuel her streaming success. For her next episode, she’s been hired to write the ending of a screenplay in a remote, lavish cabin. Once there, Tom (Luke Cook), the alluring self-proclaimed screenwriter, hands her a script in which the two of them are the main characters. This client isn’t what he seems, and even though the money’s great… the real payment here could cost her life.