Review: New “It” is a Walking Nightmare… No, Seriously


The remake of the Stephen King bestseller and the 1990's miniseries brings a new definition of fear to "IT." The horror movie hit theaters Friday, September 8th.

The new adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel brings an almost perfect balance of horror and humor to audiences. “IT” is set in 1989, where seven kids in Derry, Maine all start having terrible visions of their biggest fears. The cause of these visions? A frightening dancing clown who preys on children and then eats them.

There was a lot of hype surrounding “IT’s” release, so when new and old fans came to watch it, most were pleased with how the movie turned out, commenting on it’s great special effects and incredible acting. The fact that all of the main characters were kids made the movie all the more intriguing and impressive.

I walked into the theater with high expectations to be thoroughly terrified, but what I got by the end of the movie was that and more. The kids in the film were all very interesting characters, and all had very different backstories. This made their blend equally funny and exciting to watch.

“The thing that I loved about it was how funny it was,” sophomore Chloe Beam said, “You don’t see a lot of horror movies nowadays that are funny.”

Throughout the movie, certain characters like Richie (Finn Wolfhard) and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) threw in funny one-liners that made the whole audience bubble with laughter. It brought a good contrast to the story; even though they were walking towards their probable deaths, they still managed to bring humor to the situation.

“I thought it was really, really good,” freshman Lindsey Gabriel said, “I’m a big horror movie junkie, so I loved it. I don’t think it was that scary though, there were just a lot of jump-outs.”

The average viewer, though, may not share the opinion of a horror movie aficionado like Gabriel.

“I personally thought it was pretty scary,” Beam said.

Imagine having your worst fears come to life before your eyes, and then seeing a giant creepy clown with an endless amount of teeth and blinding yellow eyes jumping out at you, (unless you’re worst fear is creepy clowns, then that’s just unfortunate.) That’s what makes Pennywise so petrifying. The man behind the make-up (Bill Skarsgård) did a stellar job at bringing the clown to life. He was creepy, as clowns are, but was also utterly terrifying when he needed to be.

“I would recommend this movie to people who enjoy scary movies or who like to laugh,” Beam said, “Or people who enjoy adrenaline rushes, because the movie is full of that.”

Even the most die-hard fans agree.

“[I recommend it to] anyone who likes horror movies, or just horror movie fans in general.” Gabriel said.

Many of the characters go through struggles outside of the main plot. They all end up tying together during the climax of the film, when they all face Pennywise together and he tries to use all of their fears against them at once. But by that point, the kids had overcome their fears,  leaving the bumbling clown to sink back to where he came from. But if you caught the moment at the end, you know he’s not gone for good, just like most horror villains.

This movie was visually very entertaining, the special effects causing me to jump from my seat now and again. Andrés Muschietti did a very good job directing the film and the cast did a spectacular job making me feel everything that they were feeling. Going to see this movie is something I would definitely recommend.