David Robert Mitchell, writer-director of low-budget horror hit It Follows, has responded to Quentin Tarantino’s recent criticism of his film.
Released earlier this year, Mitchell’s film follows a teenage girl who is pursued by a mysterious supernatural entity after a sexual encounter with a boy from a different part of town. It opened in UK cinemas earlier this year to rave reviews and has gone on to become a sizeable word-of-mouth hit.
However, Tarantino expressed his frustrations with the film in a recent interview, telling Vulture: “It’s one of those movies that’s so good that you start getting mad at it for not being great. The fact that he didn’t take it all the way makes me not just disappointed but almost a little angry.”
Explaining where he feels Mitchell went wrong, Tarantino added: “He could have kept his mythology straight. He broke his mythology left, right, and centre.” Tarantino also accused the film of “not holding on to the rules that it sets up”, before outlining precisely where he believes Mitchell made mistakes with the film’s plot developments.
Following these candid comments, Mitchell tweeted an open invitation to his fellow director – which Tarantino has yet to respond to.