A movie to die for…

Brianna Weling

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January 5, 2018
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A movie to die for…

After months of trailer teasers released and clown sightings reported, “It” graced theatres September 8th, and has since earned the title of the “highest grossing horror film of all time.” According to “Variety,” the movie has already surpassed a grossing of 123 million dollars its opening weekend. It is the third largest opening weekend in 2017, only behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

This can be explained by the over-the-top advertising and overall timing; for the last couple of months of 2016, the creepy clown phenomenon began with sightings reported all across America. The announcement of “It” received a ton of praise from its cult following, as well as horror fans. However, regardless of perfect timing or fans’ loyalty, the film’s charming cast, creepy music, cinematography, and witty humor gave for a more than recommendable experience, which definitely explains its tremendous success.

The original “It” was shown as a television series back in 1990. It was just over 3 hours long in total, with two episodes in a two-day span. “It” followed a group of misfit kids (nicknamed the Losers’ Club) during the 60s tackling a shapeshifting clown who had been behind the mass kidnapping and murder in their town. The miniseries was long enough to present an all grown up Losers’ Club returning to their hometown of Derry to defeat Pennywise once again. The reboot features a mirroring storyline, taking place in Derry, Maine in the summer of 1988.

Besides being a whole hour shorter than miniseries, the reboot displays a much more sinister and disturbing Pennywise the Dancing Clown; director Andrés Muschietti did not hold back on the gore factor. There is a significant difference in the 1990’s Pennywise versus 2017’s interpretation. Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise in 1990 portrayed a rather humanlike serial-killing clown, while both the book and 2017 movie, depicted a darker, more wicked creature.

However, violence and blood are far more tolerable when mixed between the cast’s banter and inappropriate jokes. A cast consisting of 14 and 15-year olds year olds makes for quality entertainment. The sprinkled humor throughout the film acts as a break from the graphic murders of children.

Senior Mikayla Hom ‘18- a thrill enthusiast- has since seen “It” twice following its debut, remarking it’s “definitely the best horror movie” she’s seen. Hom refuses to share spoilers, but suggests “anyone who hasn’t seen it, should.” When Haley Diess ‘18 saw the film, she physically jumped and screamed during some of the scenes. A piece of advice when planning to see “It”? “Don’t go alone,” Marissa Ciccotti comments.

“It” has been met with praise, revenue, and new fans anticipating the already-announced 2019 sequel. The sequel will follow the same cast, 27 years later, following the 27-year trend in the book and real life. Though not much has been revealed, fans can expect the same advertising and hype within the next year.

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