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IT (2017): The Things I Liked…

IT (2017), Bill Skarsgård, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT (2017), Bill Skarsgård, Warner Bros. Pictures

IT, the horror / drama that centres around seven children in Derry, Maine who are terrorised by a monster in the shape of a clown called Pennywise is a story I first encountered when I saw the 1990 IT TV movie for the first time just two years ago. Having found it not at all scary, I was hoping that the latest version would be more terrifying. 

The good news is, this new IT kind of is more scary. Director Andy Muschietti’s film features makeup, prosthetics and special effects that are objectively speaking, better and more unsettling than in the first movie. As for the real question of whether I personally was actually scared, I have to say no, not really. The reason is because clowns are still just cute to me overall – no matter how many teeth they may have. They remain in my heart and mind as providers of joy at children’s parties.

I say all the above not to take anything away from Bill Skarsgård’s rather engaging performance, because he played Pennywise rather well. I especially like the first time he meets young Georgie – precisely the second he stops fake smiling. I knew then that I was likely to see something memorable. Yet, even with Skarsgård’s great work, at no point during IT did I jump out of my skin or hide behind my hands. I just took in and appreciated the things that Muschietti’s movie did well. For example, casting Skarsgård, featuring generally convincing prosthetics, some good visuals, special effects and the commentary on bullying.

The only disappointment where special effects is concerned is regarding the scene with the blood in the bathroom. I don’t believe that the red colour and the consistency of the blood was quite right… not that I’m a specialist, of course.

The following is not a complaint, but since the adult counterparts of the children are not featured in the new film (because that’s what sequels are for), I can’t really speak on any instances of overacting on their part, as was the case in the first movie.

Watch IT because you love the bestselling novel by Steven King, the one on which the IT films are based. Watch it for Skarsgård’s performance, the clown attire / makeup and to see if you’re terrified. If you’re already scared of clowns, then you will need your hands to hide behind. Otherwise, enjoy.

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IT (1990): Just As I Thought…

IT (1990), Tim Curry
IT (1990), Tim Curry

You may know that horror is not exactly my favourite genre. However, you may not know that I’ve been trying to be less scared and take small steps towards not avoiding scary movies all together.

My recent change of heart was inspired in part by the fact that the trailer for the upcoming IT movie remake did not scare me at all. In light of this fact which some believe to be surprising, I opted to watch the original IT TV movie which was released back in 1990. Now, I did watch it in broad daylight instead of late at night. Nevertheless, it’s no news to me that I wasn’t at all scared.

I’m certain that my lack of fear when it comes to scary looking clowns stems from the fact that, even when they have big, sharp yellow teeth, I just see them as people that make balloon animals to put smiles on little kids faces. Maybe if IT’s costume wasn’t so bright and colourful, I might be horrified. Or maybe I find there to be greater horrors in the world. Whatever the answer, I’ve come to the way of thinking that people who are scared of clowns are those who developed a fear of clowns at a young age. Whether it be from watching the original IT movie or simply just never liking clowns to begin with. It’s likely that had I watched IT when I was a relatively young child – one who saw those sharp clown teeth close-up, perhaps I’d have a reasonable fear of clowns too.

As for what I think about the movie, to begin with, I found the kid actors to be more convincing than most – if not all of the adults. Maybe it’s a style of the time but I certainly wasn’t a fan of the ‘extreme overacting’ several of the adults appeared to be guilty of. Second, this is likely also due to that period in time, but… my goodness, all that seemingly ceaseless panning of the camera sure did become annoying. Third, the story appeared to move at quite a slow pace but then finally, the entering of the sewer happened and I was very much awake; though I must add, still definitely not scared.

Regarding the things that stood out in a good way, it was so great to see a handsome, young John Ritter. He’s the only person I immediately recognised. He therefore helped put me at ease in terms of me feeling as though this movie was worth sticking with. Overall, my favourite moment in the film is when a certain someone gets sucked into the tube of light, butt first. I enjoyed that moment and found the way it was executed to be somewhat hypnotic. Lastly, I really like what Stephen King’s IT has to say about fear and how it’s you who gives it power and as such, you can choose to not let it control you.

In summary, if seemingly ceaseless panning, some serious overacting, sharp yellow clown teeth and a relatively slow pace at the beginning don’t scare you off, tune in to IT. It is a classic after all.

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IT (2017): New Trailer For ‘Scary’ Clown Movie Based On Stephen King’s Best Selling Novel…

IT (2017)
IT (2017), Bill Skarsgård, Warner Brothers Pictures

Read my spoiler-free movie review of IT (2017)

IT is a movie based on one of horror / thriller writer Stephen Kings most popular books. It’s a story about the seven children in Derry, Maine who were unfortunate enough to encounter a monster in the shape of a clown called Pennywise…

I’ve never been scared of clowns and since I also haven’t watched the 1990 TV movie of King’s book, I thought the above trailer would get me to the place where clowns become, you know, scary.  However, as well made as this trailer is, I honestly didn’t jump once. I just don’t think clowns scare me. They’re too colourful and synonymous with fun in my mind.

I think I’m going to have to watch this movie just to know, for sure precisely where I stand with clowns. As someone who usually avoids horror for the sake of peaceful sleep, I’ll watch IT as early as possible in the day, just  so that by night time, I’d have forgotten all about it. Sounds like a great plan to me, I know you agree.

Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet, Nicholas Hamilton, Jaeden Lieberher and Megan Charpentier star while Andrés Muschietti directs.

IT Release Dates: September 8th, 2017 (US); September 8th, 2017 (UK)…

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