One of many subjects touched on by The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino in his recent giant-sized interview with New York was the recent, critically beloved horror film It Follows. Tarantino is definitely a fan, calling it “the best premise I’ve seen for a horror film in a long, long time.”
However, Tarantino’s praise was measured. “It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great,” he said. In particular, Tarantino criticized the film’s director, David Robert Mitchell, for “[breaking] his mythology left, right, and center.” Tarantino pointed to the opening scene, when the boy on the date takes awhile to recognize the monster following him in disguise, as an example of something that didn’t make sense to him in the context of the film’s later exposition.
Days later, Mitchell responded to Tarantino’s comments, first by acknowledging that he had his fair share of criticisms of Tarantino’s work.
Mitchell later qualified his comment, saying he was just as big a Tarantino fan as anyone else and was just trying to match the famed director’s humor.
Now that it’s clear there’s no actual bad blood between the two filmmakers, hopefully that passive-aggressive mutual-admiration encounter does indeed happen.