Stephen King's 'IT' Continues To Make History

Unsurprisingly Pennywise's origin story is not a pleasant one

Unsurprisingly Pennywise's origin story is not a pleasant

Clowns are creepy. There's simply no getting around that.

Jen: In the beginning of that scene, I looked over at the people I'm at the movies with and I'm like, 'This is pretty much exactly like the miniseries so far - nearly to the T. It's just going to be one of those modernized [shot-for-shots] or whatever.' When that scene happened, I was literally like, 'Holy shit!' This is going to be different.

King's novel established It's origins, pre-Pennywise form, as a being that existed billions of years ago, in the dark void that predates our universe, which was called the Macroverse.

For some people, nothing is as terrifying as a clown.

"On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present".

One of the reasons this adaptation works so well is because it respects its source material and doesn't deviate from it too much. It's something that's different, and at the same time, it's something that audiences are gonna relate to. As the group begins to investigate, they each start to have unusual visions of their fears, all of which feature a clown. Determined to fight back, the group decides to find a way to defeat Pennywise, something easier said than done. The movie also continues to break records overseas, earning 60.3 million US dollars in 56 markets.

Stars of this tale are a likeable bunch of school kids known as "The Losers Club" made up of: Leader "Bill" (Jaeden Lieberher) whose younger brother is killed by the monstrous evil, then there is new kid in town "Ben" (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and "Bev" (Sophia Lillis) - the only female of the group.

Luckily for me, it's not a horror movie. Director Muscheitti crafts some absolutely chilling sequences that deliver on both, the suspense and the execution. While the current fashion seems to be to give the taste of the day the work is dante's master of horror, the transposition visual that was expected, all is good adaptation of It, after the version kitsch with Tim Curry 1990. It's undoubtedly spine tingling at times, and there are even a few mini jumps here and there, but when the clown hits the fan, it's more of a putrid breeze than a whirlwind of freakish fright. Skarsgard was great as Pennywise, and he's got big shoes to fill.

Being chased by a shapeshifting clown sounds like anyone's worst nightmare especially when it confronts you with your own worst fears and strikes when you don't expect it to. The fact that he's used in the film so sparingly only doubles down on the intangible threat he poses. "They made a movie that was meant to be bold", Paramount worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan comments on the movie's performance.

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