Monday Bloody Monday: ‘Belch’s Death’ From ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990)

Have you heard the news?  There’s some movie called IT coming out this week.  Yeah, you probably haven’t read or seen much about it, but apparently it’s a reboot/remake of the 1990 mini-series of the same name and a potentially much more faithful adaptation of the Stephen King novel.  Oh, I’m pulling your leg – you’d have to be living in a sewer to not know about this movie, since news of IT has been floating around everywhere.

So on this week’s Monday Bloody Monday, I felt it only right to go back to the original movie (which hasn’t aged well in spots unfortunately) and revisit one of my favorite scenes:  Belch’s death.  This scene always creeped me out as a kid, the way his body bends in half when he gets pulled in by the ‘deadlights’.  Make sure to keep watching and check out Henry Bowers’ wicked white Elvis hairdo too.  And make sure not to be a loser and go check out the new version of IT in theaters this week!

Have You Heard About This ‘IT’ Teaser Trailer?

Alright, clearly I was being sarcastic in the title of the post because the new teaser trailer for the upcoming remake/reboot of Stephen King’s IT was unleashed this week.  And judging from the response, people like it!  They really, really like it!  If you haven’t seen it, you should be ashamed – so here’s your chance right now:

Well, let’s talk about the big circus elephant in the room.  What can we expect Bill Skarsgard to deliver as far as Pennywise is concerned, and can he fill Tim Curry’s big clown shoes?  Since this is a teaser trailer, we get glimpses of him – but don’t get to hear the voice or really see any of his personality (which will be key).  He does seem to have some endurance and speed though, as evident from the final shot of Pennywise speeding through the water in the sewer.

My overall reaction to the new IT teaser trailer was pretty positive and it definitely left me wanting more.  ‘The Loser’s Club’ all look like they were cast well, and the visuals from director Andres Muschietti are striking – a much needed improvement over the 1990 TV Mini-Series.  Set to be released in two parts, the first half of IT will be in theaters on September 8th.  I’m anticipating a pretty big box office take considering the online reaction to the teaser trailer, so the hype train is definitely rolling fast down the tracks.  I myself, am finally tackling the original Stephen King novel (all 1138 pages) so that I can compare and critique everything revolving around the book, the TV Mini-Series, and the new version. Until then, let’s all have a slice of this delicious Pennywise cake and await September 8th!

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