Film Club

IT

12th September 2017

IT

IT

Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name, It has been given a terrifying make over.  

Although the book and TV Mini-Series were set in the 1950s, this film brings its story to the 1980s, telling the tale of seven bullied children who are terrorised by Pennywise the Clown, a shapeshifting evil that preys on the town’s children.  

The characters may be the same, but the new decade brings a shift in style, very reminiscent to Stranger Things and E.T. In fact Stranger Things fans will recognise Finn Wolfhard playing the comical role of Richie Tozier, originally made famous by Seth Green in the 1990 TV Series.  

Despite Richie getting most of the laughs through his naïve boyhood, the comical factor of Pennywise was certainly missing, with a new take on Tim Curry’s clown – there’s definitely nothing funny about this drooling, shape shifting monster.  Indeed, the film isn’t afraid to bring a little gruesome horror to the big screen with the opening sequence seeing a young boy’s arm ripped off – something only referenced to in the original and a shock that sets the tone for the rest of the movie.  

There are a few fun jump scares – a scene with a projector in the garage made everyone in the cinema gasp, but I wouldn’t describe this as a good time horror. This is much darker than the original and leaves the ending open to a sequel.  Will you watch It return?  

★★★★

Reviewed by Katie