Were you as messed up by IT when you were younger, or was that just me?
A TV mini-series that was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Tim Curry‘s work as the horrifying Pennywise The Dancing Clown found itself buried in my psyche for a wee-while indeed.
And now, Pennywise returns with Bill Skarsgård putting on the face of Evil.
Does he laugh at the face of his predecessor? Or does he crack…
For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children.
Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.
If you’ve read the book or watched the original, you’d expect to see a repeat of the same old story (something akin to that of IT’s return every 27 years).
But Director Andy Muschietti (Mamá) takes the classic story, moves the timeline forward and produces a horror with a lot of heart and just as much terror.
Now placed in the 80’s, the film is going to tug on a lot of heart-strings again, with it’s loving nod to a familiar period for the audience.
Yes, it will find itself compared to the hugely successful Netflix series Stranger Things (especially with its casting of Finn Wolfhard), and it is completely okay with that.
It benefits from these reflections of youth, especially with the amazing setting created in the town of Derry, which finds itself shrouded in a Summer that dares to hide something in its shadows.
It’s a sight to take in, and if you’re anything like me, the nostalgic value is a core piece to the overall experience.
Along with that, the cast succeed in their telling of King’s classic story.
Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise is wonderfully creepy, capturing a sweetness to the character who draws his prey into his horrifying world.
But Pennywise would be nothing without The Losers, and what a bunch of Losers they are!
Governing friendship over all else, their developing relationship invites the audience to join them on the wild ride, sharing in their fears and hugely hilarious jokes.
It’s the perfect balance of levity and panic that Muschietti strikes so well, that makes IT one of the best King adaptations we’ve had in years.
And I can’t wait to float again…
Director Muschietti and his young cast produce an incredible story reacting to the horror of Skarsgård's IT.
Testing. Terrifying. Creepy. Heartbreaking and suddenly heart-warming, IT is one of the best horrors we've seen in a while!