As I am writing this, I catch myself looking over my shoulder for any doors mysteriously opening, making sure all of my doors are locked, and keeping a light on to soothe myself after experiencing all the fear ‘IT’ had to offer. In all of the horror films I have watched, none have left an impression on me like this in quite a long time.
2017’s ‘IT’ surpasses its predecessor in the best ways: doing what the original wanted to do and expanding that vision to the fullest. I remember growing up and watching the film for the first time, being terrified afterward, and having that same feeling come back to me was a breath of nostalgia. The first 20 minutes of the film alone are enough to make some viewers’ stomachs turn quickly turn away from the screen. I did not expect them to go the direction they went with the opening sewer scene with Georgie and Pennywise. The phrase “You’ll float too’” was something that sticks with you for the entire 2 hours of the film, haunting you.
The most impressive thing about the film was the cast they chose, not just Pennywise himself, but the kids. While I found myself fascinated and equally terrified of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), the infamous Loser’s Club was my favorite part. I do not want to give anything away for those who have yet to see the film, but one particular kid provides an enormous amount of comedic relief. The entire audience in my showing could not stop laughing whenever he spoke. Comedy was something that the original lacked; in fact, it was the perfect culmination of humor, terror and sickening scenes that make this film one of the best to come out in years.
Bill Skarsgard did an amazing job playing Pennywise the dancing clown. I was blown away in fact. In order to play a role like this, you need to be all in, and Bill went off the deep end. Laughing, the sinister yet playful looks, movements, all the way down to drool and overall psychotic nature of this character. You could clearly see that the fear the children were showing was genuine terror while filming. That is the element that every modern horror film seems to be lacking these days, but not ’IT’.
This atmospheric masterpiece will leave you with a looming feeling that you are being watched long after the movie has ended. When you walk by any sewer, old house or even in a crowded place, you will be on the lookout for red balloons, creepy kids, and smiling clowns. ‘IT’ brings the best parts of the original film and makes them better, all while being its own thing. I can confidently say that I will be seeing again this weekend and will also catch a show when it premieres as well. Never forget that no matter how old you get, clowns are still terrifying. You’ll float too after watching. ‘IT’ premieres on September 8th across the country.