Pennywise the clown has been terrifying audiences for decades. His iconic image haunts many a nightmare and the trailer for 2017’s remake of IT is nothing but spooky; Pennywise grins toothily out of a storm drain, holding out a paper boat for little Georgie in his yellow raincoat.
It’s hard to believe it’s Bill Skarsgard underneath all that clown makeup!
Unfortunately the trailer is scarier than the film in its entirety. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because overall IT is still a really great film. I just wouldn’t class it as a horror, unless you’re 12, and even then the twelvies in the film are able to overcome their fear.
In the town of Derry, the adults are all pretty much shit. From molesters to those suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, the kids are more or less on their own. In the summer, kids start to go missing, and while it could literally be any of the shitty adults, it’s Pennywise the clown.
A gang of misfit kids band together to take on the clown. These kids are excellent at research though, even in the 80s without the use of a computer, and they figure out that Pennywise has been tormenting the town for centuries.
Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) spectacularly outshines any of his cast mates as sassy little Richie. The mouth on that kid! It’s worth sitting through just for him.
Capturing what it’s like to feel fear as a child, IT has a hugely nostalgic feel to it. Director Andy Muschietti (Mama) uses absolutely beautiful cinematography to create a film that hides under the guise of horror with plenty of humour and heart.
Spoiler alert: the film ends with an ominous title that reads ‘Chapter One’. So strap yourselves in; this two-hour flick wasn’t enough. There’s money in this franchise, in a society obsessed with teasing out the horror narrative, and one can’t help but wonder if the sequel will rather be a prequel that tells the story of where Pennywise has come from…