high priority, of those 24 films I caught 15 of them. In order to give a fair amount of coverage to the 15 films viewed across five (5) days, I've broke my festival coverage down by day(s) including a brief review of each feature.
THE ABSENT (LOS AUSENTES)
directed by Nicolás Pereda
directed by David Robert Mitchell
Based on a reoccurring nightmare director David Robert Mitchell had as a child, the film is a sharp emblem for STDs. In a sense, it is the first STD slasher. The entire cast of It Follows pulls their weight. Rising star Maika Monroe is the right blend of nervous and tenacious as Jay the lead heroine. The beautiful cinematography Mike Gioulakis pulls off should not go unnoticed. His use of moving around a set to build and amplify terror helps to make the film absolutely bone-chilling in certain sequences. Lastly, music by Disasterpeace really adds to the panicking nature of Mitchell's tale. Horror fans will want to make sure they see this one when it releases theatrically next year.
Stay tuned for further breakdown from each day I visited AFI FEST 2014.