Review: IT (2017)

Have you heard the one about the evil clown named Pennywise that eats children and feeds off of their fears?  I guess the punchline isn’t going to really be funny.  Regardless, the wait is over and the revamped version of Stephen King’s IT movie has finally arrived in theaters!  Part remake.  Part redo.  And all business.  Literally, because it’s going to make a shit-ton of money on opening weekend (latest projection is around $130 million).  But does this new incarnation of IT live up to the hype, and how does it compare to the original 1990 mini-series of the same name?  The latter I won’t focus on too much, but the former I definitely will.   Continue reading

Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….

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Oh of course.  Our competitor is the original Pennywise because the new IT movie is coming out tomorrow (with the new Pennywise as well).  Classic promotional tactic.  But anyway, don’t look into his deadlights!  If you don’t, you might have a chance to win this staring contest.  But, seeing that you need to look him in the eyes to be victorious in this particular challenge pretty much means that you’re fucked.  Oh well – I’m sure it’s not so bad in the deadlights.  Maybe you could even get a nice fruity alcoholic drink while you’re there.  Don’t forget your balloon!  Don’t you want it?  Don’t you want it?  Don’t you want it?  Beep Beep.  You lose.

Captain Obvious: The Market For ‘IT’ Has Been Amazing!

Yeah yeah – not the most shocking and groundbreaking headline, I know.  But color me very impressed with the way that Warner Brothers and the folks behind the new IT movie have marketed it’s upcoming September 8th release.  Having seen the original 1990 mini-series and recently finishing the original Stephen King novel for the first time, I am more than ready to see this new incarnation of Pennywise ‘The Dancing Clown’ on the big screen.  And luckily for all of you as excited as me, there is more than enough fanfare to go around to keep the IT anticipation train rolling.

I was lucky enough to hop aboard the IT: Float cinematic virtual reality school bus a few weeks back at the ScareLA convention in Los Angeles.  After boarding the bus and standing in a mock sewer (with creepy audio surrounding you in addition to a jump scare or two), you’re taken to your VR chair where you put on the corresponding headgear and headphones and begin your IT journey through the streets of the town Derry where IT lives.  You can actually experience this for yourself HERE if you have the proper equipment.  It (no puns) was pretty cool and started to get me more and more onboard with the upcoming movie.  As did the recently released 8-bit video game that you can either play on your computer or phone.  Check that out HERE.

But by far the best promotional move for IT has come in the form of the actual Neibolt house from the book (this wasn’t really shown or referenced in the 1990 movie).  If you’re lucky enough to live or be in the vicinity of Hollywood, then you can experience the IT Experience: Neibolt House on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.  It’s pretty amazing that they got this up as fast as they did, and not so amazing is that reservations quickly sold out.  Luckily I had some, but if you’re not as fortunate then there is a standby line (with a wait time between 1-3 hours).

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You’re guided into the house by Georgie (complete with yellow raincoat and all) and taken up some spiral stairs where you then go from room to room, experiencing some pretty cool animatronics and creepy live actors as well.  This limited haunted house runs through the weekend of September 10th.  And make sure you snatch up your tickets for the actual IT movie coming out that same weekend on September 8th!  All in all, this movie is on track to do in the area of $50 million on opening weekend, which is pretty amazing for any movie in September, let alone an ‘R’ rated horror one.  Kudos to anyone involved with the promotion and marketing for IT, because that has really helped spread the word, especially to people not even familiar with the book or original 1990 mini-series.  Now who’s ready to float with me?

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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Give Me The Creeps: ‘Tea Time’ From ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990)

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!