IT: The Movie You Won’t Want To Miss This Halloween Season
Pennywise, the Clown, is back this September 8th, and no one is safe. Early reactions to the remake of Stephen King’s classic IT will shock you.
As this red-nosed killer returns, real life working clowns are placing blame on the movie for struggling to get business. However, IT producer David Katzenberg told USA TODAY that those claims are “somewhat absurd.”
What makes IT so haunting?
Delving a little deeper into the actual story behind IT, Seth Grahame-Smith, (also a producer) addresses the accusations of IT villainizing clowns: “there’s a long tradition in horror of these seemingly harmless things being perverted for that very reason because they are seemingly harmless.”
Just like Twisty the Clown, in FX’s American Horror Story, based off real life serial killer John Wayne Gracy, something dark looms behind innocence turned deadly.
King’s brilliance is sure to haunt you
Stephen King was able to capitalize on a fear many didn’t even know they had. How do you feel when something supposed to entertain you and make you happy, starts killing?
“I think it’s one of the finest Stephen King adaptations ever made,” EW’s Anthony Breznican wrote. He goes on to say “Beyond killer clowns, IT also delves into the grief & anger kids feel when they realize those who should love & protect them do the opposite. These are themes in King’s stories that filmmakers often ignore. But the best adaptations figure out they’re the most vital part.”
One movie isn’t going to be enough
This adaptation is so in depth that Bill Skasgard, the actor playing Pennywise has revealed that the story is going to be split up into two movies.
King’s book split itself up into two scenarios. Pennywise first arrives in the 1950’s to Derry, Maine, terrorizing the kids in the Losers Club. Then he returns 27 years later to continue what he started.
But don’t worry, you won’t be watching the same movie over and over
The first movie takes place around 1988, and the next movie is going to be set in 2016–27 years later, staying true to the original story.
This first IT release will focus on the things that scare kids, and the next one will be a haunt for adults.
Not many details are released yet, but Skasgard discussed that “[i]t’s a different story, but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is…we have to raise the ante and not just do the same thing again..”
You’re going to get double the scare, for twice the effect. Is your heart racing yet?
Check out the newest trailer for IT and get your tickets for the opening weekend, September 8th. IT is one thriller you won’t want to miss.
For more options to get in the spooky spirit, head to one of Castle of Chaos’s escape rooms, or one of the 4 Levels of Fear. Choose what will scare you this season. Or you can just test how brave you are. There’s something for everyone who likes to get their heart racing.