Stephen King’s terrifying novel comes back to life after 27 years since the original release.
Written by Max Newman
Undoubtedly it was one of the hottest things to emerge in 1990. Influencing Hollywood decisions and pop culture alike. Am I talking about Jennifer Lawrence, or the made for TVmovie It? Well, this time It.
With the release of It into theaters this weekend we will hear about it, and for good reason. With Pennywise, we were introduced to a new and sick kind of villain. One that preys on children. Possibly hitting a fresh nerve in audiences because of the Gacy murders, Stephen King created a character to haunt your nightmares.
While I’ll be forever endeared to Tim Curry’s Pennywise thanks to my older brother, the new interpretation is better. It wastes no time in introducing him to us giving audiences the promise of a great movie even if it costs an arm and a leg.
Bill Skarsgard will be tied to Tim Curry much in the same way Heath Ledger is connected to Jack Nicholson. Both reincarnations were born into a cinematic universe that allows much darker themes and elements as well as one that is eons ahead of the other in terms of special effects. The older versions also had more lines for the villain for better or worse. So who wore it better? That’s a clown question, bro. I have to go with Skarsgard because his Pennywise is so much scarier.
At it’s heart the movie is not a horror, however. It is a coming of age story. And a pretty funny one at that. It follows a group of children on the cusp of teenage hood. At times the blatant awkwardness connects the viewer to them. Weaving their way through the taunts of Pennywise an bullies alike our group finds themselves immersed in a world of terror.
Often in the movie the kids find no solace at home making them find it in one another. This ain’t your mama’s scare fest either. Laced with brutality, physical and otherwise, It shows us a gritty world that reflects our own.
Less gimmicky than the original, the remake gives modern horror fans what they want. Covering all types of fears it has a quality scare every 15 min. Don’t believe me? Just ask the teenage girl who said “Nope! I’m out!” before running out of the theater in the middle of the movie last night. To her credit, she returned after a few minutes when her father had calmed her down.
So, get up and go see It! Just do it, you’ll thank me later. And by the way just do it is a trademark of Nike. But if you didn’t know that go crawl back into whatever sewer you were hiding in.