With the newly rebooted and remade version of Stephen King’s IT coming to the big screen in a two-parter, I recently started to think more about the original TV mini-series from 1990. Clearly most of the praise from that goes to Tim Curry giving a memorably creepy (and charming) performance as Pennywise The Clown. But there are enough little bits and pieces sprinkled throughout that are just as creepy and never fail to give me the creeps. Case in point: Beverly’s visit back home for some tea time.
Granted this scene is much different than how it plays out in the book (this was regular TV after all), but goddammit if I still don’t get the shakes when the old lady starts slurping her tea. And then when she turns into an old and rotten version of Beverly’s Dad? Phew. Check please! We shall see how the big screen treats this when the new version of IT comes out later this year, but suffice to say that I still to this day get the creeps from the TV version. Beep Beep!
This is not to upset any of my readers who are senior citizens, but old people can really creep me out. I think I’m still traumatized by visions of the lady in the bathtub from The Shining. Hell, and don’t even get me started on Rabid Grannies. So anyway, as I was revisiting last years ‘love it or hate it’ horror movie It Follows – I was once again reminded just how much the geriatric folk get under my skin…….
Obviously the amazing score from Disasterpeace helps accentuate that scene and many others in the film. But even without any music, this scene would still have me twitching with uncomfortableness. Like I said earlier, love it or hate – It Follows nailed certain aspects of what’s missing in horror nowadays. And creepy slow-walking elderly people is one of them. I’m talking more so about the overall feel of the movie of course, but if you never worried about looking out a window and seeing an old lady in a hospital gown slowly walking towards you – I bet you will now. Btw – would you just fight them off with Bengay or dentures or something?