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[Review] ‘IT’ Achieves Horror Greatness as Pennywise Becomes a Horror Icon for the Ages!

[Review] ‘IT’ Achieves Horror Greatness as Pennywise Becomes a Horror Icon for the Ages!

In Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, falling asleep brings upon the greatest boogeyman of our time, Freddy Krueger. To avoid death you’ll need to drink some coffee or down some caffeine pills. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. This is where Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s IT is even more threatening. While the two films draw many similarities, it could be argued that IT is even more terrifying.

Spoilers.

IT opens in October of 1988 with two brothers, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) and Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), respectively, building a paper boat together. Georgie heads into the rainstorm only to have his boat float down a sewer where he’s instantly introduced to Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Skarsgård’s Pennywise is both inviting and mortifying (here’s a clip), the kind of clown you would feel okay talking to only to realize he probably has a sinister agenda after taking a balloon from him. Georgie, apparently ignoring his better judgment, reaches in for his boat only to have Pennywise transform into a toothy monster that rips off his arm and drags him into the sewer. IT announces itself right out of the gate, promising to be an unapologetic and vicious horror film where everything is at stake.

It’s now the summer of 1989, and the Loser’s Club (Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff) are kids trying to be kids; they’re riding their bikes, fighting off bullies, playing video games at the arcade, and making constant dick jokes. Through a series of events, they are eventually aligned with the chastised Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), bullied new kid Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), and local outcast Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs). While IT will always be remembered for Skarsgård’s haunting Pennywise performance, this Goonies-eque ensemble is what elevates the film to horror greatness. Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga‘s screenplay carves out colorful and relatable characters that feel like an eclectic mix of those in “Stranger Things” and The Sandlot. It’s heartbreaking each and every time they have to go up against Pennywise or even the town bullies.

This is where IT is a real punch to the gut; these poor kids are not only dealing with horrible situations within their own household, but they also have violent bullies cutting and beating them up, and a fucking demonic clown tormenting them around every corner. It doesn’t take long for Loser’s Club to realize they’re all seeing their worst fears come to life, with of course Richie’s (Wolfhard) being clowns. While Freddy Krueger needs his victims to be asleep, Pennywise has the luxury of stalking the kids any time he wants. Piling on the family drama and bullying, these poor kids are trapped and backed into a corner. This allows Muschietti to assault the audience with scares relentlessly.

Because Pennywise can appear at any time, the audience is on constant edge. While Richie offers some comedic relief, it barely allows the audience a chance to breathe before the next confrontation. Touching on themes of rape and abuse, Pennywise continues to play up the Loser’s Club’s worst fears and is unrelenting. There’s never a dull moment with this clown who is working as hard as it can to scare the living shit out of his victims. Skarsgård’s Pennywise is a horror icon for the ages. There’s evolution to his character as he slowly transgresses into a demon, all while continuing his petrifying clown act. In fact, his performance is so mind blowing that it’s almost wasted in the second half of the film when Pennywise becomes more demon than clown.

The biggest win, however, is that Warner Bros./New Line Cinema spent a ton of money on IT, which all shows on screen; the locations and massive set pieces have just as much character as the film’s evil clown. Muschietti turns Pennywise’s decrepit house into a horrifying maze of terror, transforming IT into one of the scariest haunted house movies you’ll ever see. Beep beep, indeed.

While IT isn’t a perfect movie it still achieves horror greatness on so many levels. The flick clearly follows the same beats as Elm Street and manages to deliver equal frights all of these years later. And for the first time in a long time, someone has a made a children’s horror film that feels dangerous, which is that nostalgic sweet spot that we’re all craving right now. A timeless horror gem worthy of repeat viewing, IT is an instant Halloween classic that will haunt audiences for years to come.

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COMMENTS

209 Comments
  • Very pleased to hear it lived up to the hype! I trust BD, and much like The Conjuring this will probably be all anyones talking about, a great milestone for horror.

  • Weresmurf

    Only 4 out of 5? That’s a B. What stopped you giving it the gold standard A/5? I mean given the review was pretty much praise all the way through?

    • Horrormikfl

      Exactly. Getting hard to put faith in validity of reviews when they gush all throughout then give less-than-stellar rating. Just confuses.

      • Saturn

        A modern classic – a true tale of terror – a game changer – it doesn’t get better than this!
        3 skulls.

    • SirSpark

      Did you not read the part at the end of the review where he clearly stated it was not a perfect film. I do think Brad should have elaborated on what he found fault in it, but what was written, I agree maybe a 4.5/5 would have been in line with this review

      • Weresmurf

        Actually yes I do.

        When reviewing the pros and cons should generally be presented to give an idea of what the issues are. We clearly see why.

        Its not perfect. Why though. Literally no reason is given. Nothing. To be frank, that’s weak writing right there just saying without elaboration.

        • SirSpark

          Though it may have sounded like I was kind of disagreeing with you, I do wholeheartedly agree with you. Great that we were told what was good, but what didn’t work would have been good to know too

  • Bloodspatta

    I saw a preview screening last week. It’s a very solid movie but horror fans won’t find it scary at all. It’s the Losers who truly make the film.

    • Grimphantom

      For horror fans it won’t be scary i mean what was the last time you got scared with a horror movie? It’s more of the atmosphere and characters that makes us enjoy watching this movie, that really counts.

    • Zero Signal

      Is it jump scare heavy?

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Had tickets to a screening last night…. Stupid PTA MEETING! But the way, IT is a novel, not a novella (novellas are short novels, IT is anything but short)

  • Cheddar Hayes

    It is not as great as Blair Witch, but then again what could ever be as good as Blair Witch?

  • Aslinn McIntyre

    I have not seen it yet, but Brad, It is not a novella. It is a tome of over 1000 pages.

  • Cheddar Hayes

    Obviously nothing Brad says can be taken seriously when he doesn’t even know the difference between a novel and a novella.

  • Natebest

    Im excited! Have to admit, it didnt look scary and kinda looked try hard to me at first but now with new footage and context he looks awesome! Gonna see this thursday night!

    • Bleedsfromthesky

      It’s not scary at all

      • jahwar

        … in your opinion. It’s all opinion folks. Some are scared, some are not. Some people can’t stand the sight of spiders but I’m not bothered by them. It’s all subjective. But go see It and find out for yourself. Some don’t like the CGI, some don’t mind it. It’s just entertainment, not a war. People hated the Shining when it came out, keep that in mind. Some idiots/authors, I mean people, still don’t like it.

        In my opinion, It was good, not great, but good. Could use less CGI, could use the dialog louder in the mix and the rest of the sound a little quieter (less score would be good too). Some of the cinematography like the daylight scenes, were over exposed and had a harsh brittle look to them. Maybe they should have shot it on film? Just my 2 cents, I’m humble in my opinion and feel everyone should learn to form their own opinions with depth and generosity, not anger and flippancy. Peace.

  • Francesco Falciani

    i’m excited…i know there’s a “nightmare on elm street 5 ” cameo in it…

    • Did I miss something?

      • Francesco Falciani

        nothing big…just the movie theatre in the “it” town that is playing nightmare on elm street 5!

  • sliceanddice

    Review written by Brad? Ok…

    Hyperbole? CHECK.
    Inaccuracies about the source material? CHECK.
    Talking about Stranger Things? CHECK.
    Mentions that it’s not perfect but won’t say why? CHECK.
    Thinking its a venom prequel? No.
    Thinking he’s cracked how it’s all really about vampires? No.
    Lots of parenthesis? No, first time for everything, I guess.
    Whiney assholes like me making comment on his obvious crappiness as a journalist? CHECK.

    • Hank_Scorpio

      I’m still wondering how one “transgresses” into something else….

      • Snarla

        or how Pennywise is “mortifying.” Does he embarrass Georgie to death? Not used to seeing that word in that context.

        • Having not seen the film yet, it is possible that it is a completely accurate use of the word if the “other face” of Pennywise is in a state of perceived decomposition–mortification of flesh, onset of necrosis. The Leper, I would think, would be a perfect example of a version of It that literally evidences mortification.

          • Snarla

            Thank you! That would make way more sense.

    • Brett Lovejoy

      I do tire of reviews that seem to wax poetic, but then casually mention it’s not “the best” or “perfect” without telling me why exactly.

  • Reviews seem to be overwhelming positive, just as I was hoping.

  • tyler

    The scariest thing about this film (without seeing it yet) is all of the constant hype and praise. Can’t wait to see it, but won’t be a bit surprised to be let down. Usually, films that are hyped to this extreme end up being very long and boring and I see that this already has a long run time.

    • MaryMaria

      I’m with you on the constant hype and praise, but you lost me at the long run time. I’m totally cool with long run times so long as it doesn’t feel like it’s dragging. But yeah, the only thing that worries me is the hype and trying not to get my hopes too high.

  • Sasha Kozak

    Looks good! Mr Mercedes has been SUCH a nice surprise, I hope IT is as good!

    • Necro

      I’m so glad to hear someone else say that about ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Sasha I really thought I was the only one! I find it very entertaining.

  • David

    ‘Member the 80s? ‘Member It, that old tv mini-series? ‘Member the Evil Clown monster? ‘Member Stephen King?

    • DaveRistaro

      ‘Member that South Park episode with the Member Berries?
      ‘Member when everybody used to say “‘Member when” whenever anybody mentioned nostalgia?
      Great days man

      • Shay Lauderdale

        That was some South Park Greatness. Even after all of these seasons, SP is still able to put out some hilarious stuff………..

    • Shay Lauderdale

      I member berries!!!! Member that 2nd part to the It mini-series? Member how awful that alien spider was?? Member?? I Member! And am super glad that chose to leave that part off completely!!!!!!!

  • Necro

    I don’t personally think there’s a ‘perfect’ movie in any genre. I enjoyed the review but I’d like to know what you DON’T like about it. Not going to ruin anything for me. If you’re going to point out the good you gotta point out the bad.

    • Demetra

      Lol. Sounds like someone wanted this movie to fail miserably for some reason.

      • Bla Blah

        No. A review should have both positive and negatives. One without the other is crap. When I buy shit off amazon I look at the reviews good and bad to weigh whether it’s worth it for me personally.

        • Necro

          Thank You!

          • Demetra

            I get it. You’re one of those people “I hate remakes” “Nothing ever comes close to the original” because of the nostalgia and how loyal you are to your generation but give it a rest.

          • Creepshow

            People that have to keep on saying “I get it”….don’t.

          • Demetra

            People that feel the need to insert their reply to all of my replies are usually the weirdos.

          • Creepshow

            Or…you just don’t get it. Got it?

          • Cheddar Hayes

            Wonderful

          • Papa_spoosh

            Just a passerby here to confirm that you do not seem to get it. I don’t like the person you’re describing anymore than you do, but your aim is off

          • Necro

            I love John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’, David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’, Chuck Russell’s ‘The Blob’, Alexandre Aja’s ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, William Malone’s ‘House on Haunted Hill’, & Fede Alvarez’s ‘Evil Dead’ to name a few, in case you didn’t know those are all remakes! And I love all the original films as well so again your assumptions are not only pitiful but ludicrous! And respectfully where you got anything about me hating anything just because I wanted a rounded review of the film is beyond me. You truly don’t “get it”!

        • Chris

          Absolutely.. people like to assume things anymore when responding. There wasn’t anything wrong with your initial comment.

        • Demetra

          I get that. Everyone wants that but no one really says it. The fact that they pointed it out and were adamant on getting the negatives tells me they want something to complain about.

          • Creepshow

            If you got it, then you would have realized what Necro said.

      • Necro

        I don’t want anything to fail! And I’m not the only one to point out the review is all positive and then says “the movie is far from perfect” but doesn’t care to elaborate on why. So why even bring it up if you’re not going to give an explanation.

        SEE!
        ⬇ Thank You Bla!

      • Creepshow

        Lol. Sounds like you didn’t understand.

    • Frank Gambino

      Godfather.

      • Necro

        Yeah you got me there! ☺

  • zombie84_41

    I be seeing this tomm or fri i hope tomm I hope it be scary as fuck.

    • Necro

      You and me both!

      • Homeless Joe

        Count me in!

        • Necro

          No doubt Joe! I wish a bunch of us could all get together and go check this out.

          • zombie84_41

            Lol the BD comment section hang out. That be something fun. Where you live anyways Necro.

          • Necro

            Good old Lebanon, Pennsylvania, about 2 hours East of Philadelphia. That would be sweet to have a comment section hangout! Fuck yeah I’d be there! So you saw ‘IT’ huh? I saw you were saying it was pretty good.

          • zombie84_41

            Ya bud, its amazing. Don’t listen to the haters on here its damn near flawless.

      • zombie84_41

        Can’t wait.

    • Bleedsfromthesky

      Not scary.

      • zombie84_41

        Nope wasn’t scary at all but it was fuckin amazing though.

  • Geoff Peterson

    Oh gee; a spoiler laden review.

    Shocking.

    Also as many others have said; you may want to get your definitions correct.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Well if that’s a usual thing around here then why would you come here?

      • Geoff Peterson

        For news and reviews not written by certain individuals.

        Good attempt at White Knighting though.

    • Jack Nause

      spoiler to whom? Most people know the mini series and book

      • Geoff Peterson

        Considering both the TV movie and novel dont follow identical story beats and neither will this one I am not sure of your logic.

        Yes, basics may be similar but there are enough differences in this (and countless other adaptations) that saying esentially “you already know the plot cause it’s an adaptation” really holds no water. Finer details (and major ones) can be completely different from other sourses.

        Would telling someone who read the “The Mist” how the film adaptation ends not count as a spoiler if they hadn’t seen it?

      • Chance LeBoeuf

        Yea, but a lot of reviews on this site literally spoil the damn movies where you might as well avoid them.

        These are less of reviews, and more of just play by play recaps of stuff they just saw.

        • Michael Howell

          then don’t read the comments section?

  • I already know what happens, I read the original book and saw that 90s TV movie. So they can’t really change much, because we know what is to happen in the film. Only they’ll probably go more into detail for this film. I wonder if the boy getting his arm ripped off will be censored? Hmm… probably too graphic so yeah…

    • Tarman_85

      It wasn’t censored at all, but it was very underwhelming.

      • Trav

        How so? I thought it was a pretty good scene.

        • Tarman_85

          I guess the CGI teeth is what really bugged me, but perhaps I’m just nitpicking. I really wanted to love this movie, but I just ended up liking it okay.

          • Trav

            Fair enough. The use of CGI in this movie seems to be a common complaint, which I understand, but I guess it didn’t bother me as much because, for the most part, the CGI looked pretty good. Also, for some reason, I kinda wasn’t expecting them to show him get his arm bit off, so it kinda caught me off-guard when it happened. Add in the fact that Pennywise extends his arm unnaturally out of the sewer to grab Georgie, and I felt like that was a truly terrifying scene.

    • zombie84_41

      It wasn’t censored at all shit was brutal.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Due to Hurricane Irma hitting us hard here in Miami we’ll Florida period on Friday I’m definitely gonna go catch the early screening tomorrow.

    • Creepshow

      Be safe, Vic.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Thanks bro, trying to be as much as we can.

    • Necro

      Hope all is well (considering) and be safe my friend!

      • Halloween_Vic

        Thank you so much, trying to stay as safe as we can. Hoping for the best. Thank u!

        • Necro

          You’re more than welcome!

    • zombie84_41

      Hope you are good bro.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Thanks man, waiting for it to past just hoping it doesn’t do too much damage. Thank you tho still have power right now. Over 26,000 people have lost power already in my district I still have power so taking advantage while I can.

        • zombie84_41

          Cool bud, just stay save. And if you gotta get out get out. Don’t be one of those people who are like I’m not leaving LOL>

  • C3PO Cereal

    I’m just happy that Robert Englund shows up as Freddy! Who would have thought that he would wear the makeup ever again?

  • HeteroFriendly

    “While the two films draw many similarities, it could be argued that IT is even more terrifying.”

    Then the original Nightmare on Elm Street?
    Thats a wild boast Mister Miska.

  • Demented Daniel

    My girlfriend and I are looking forward to seeing this in the theater. Due to how expensive the movies have become, we hardly go, but this looks quite promising. With as good as this looks, I’m a bit excited to do so too.

    • Necro

      Yeah the last time I went to a ‘non- matinee’ movie with my wife I spent right around $42 for tickets, popcorn, raisinettes, soda, & snowcaps! F**king ridiculous! Since that matinee or not at all.

  • Shane o mac

    I am hesitant because whenever a horror movie gets this kind of review it never lives up to it……imma probably watch it tho

  • diapers

    Again with spoilers in the review. Even if you annotate the section with the word “spoilers”, as you correctly did, it renders the rest of the review off limits to everyone who hasn’t seen the film. What happened to giving a spoiler free review, which is becoming the exception here.

    • zombie84_41

      Ummm thats why they say spoilers LOL. every review since before time has spoilers. If you see the word spoiler why would you read any further. Or why would you read the review anyways? What I do in a reviews is look at the last paragraph read that see the score and make a decision then.

      • diapers

        Point taken. However, spoilers used to be far less commonplace. The review did indeed splash “SPOILERS”… one paragraph in. So I get to read a paragraph, then either stop or spoil the spoils. Reviews were, in ye olden days, meant to give a hint of the film without giving literally anything away. Maybe its different, now, fuck if I know.

        • zombie84_41

          True you got a very valid point as well. Now reviews tell you the whole movie. So basically you read about the whole movie. Almost like how they make trailers these days. They show you the start middle end of the movie. Thats why I hate to watch horror trailers they ruin all the scares, even action flicks ruin all the good scenes too. Sad because I used to love to watch trailers and read reviews.

  • Eddie Anguiano

    Anybody notice the significance of it being 27 years between the mini-series and the new movie? Just like ‘It” itself…

    • zombie84_41

      Maybe pennywise will come.

      • Saturn

        Pennywise The Jacking Clown?

        • zombie84_41

          HAHA. Now that would be scary like he cums on you and his cum is acid and melt your skin. Yeah no thanx.

          • Saturn

            Dude, tooooo far…….

            😉

          • zombie84_41

            LOL but I always take it to far. Damn it. 😉

  • Papa_spoosh

    The movie is great. The marketing did an awesome job but I felt like some of the scare scenes were poorly handled, far too cgi and took me out of it. The reviews are all pretty aligned and I agree that what makes this movie is the kids. Pennywise is awesome, but the kids win

    • Bleedsfromthesky

      Agree on the CGI. They used it unnecessarily at times and it wasn’t that good either.

      • Papa_spoosh

        Yeah I think with the success of this film, they’ll give chapter 2 some more money for better fx

    • MildManneredReporter

      the headless guy cgi was bad like really bad. pennywise popping out the projector was damn good tho

      • Papa_spoosh

        Yeah big penny was awesome! I’ll take the headless guy over the dumb painting lady all day. That should’ve been some crazy weird make up or something, not poor cgi. I still really loved this movie but if they had gone more practical with some of the effects it would have made the movie perfect. I also was rolling my eyes at pennywise doing his little performance for Bev at the end. That one didn’t land for me.

        • MildManneredReporter

          shit i forgot about her. that was bad too. yeah and him dancing felt weird and out of place. like they were trying to make him more menacing then he already was.

        • khail19

          The point is, it’s got something for everybody. A friend got scared with the painting, another with Bev’s blood in the sink (they did more with it than what happened in the book, which I also liked), but I loved the headless boy most of all. It was in the books through Mike reading the history of Derry, and it was very memorable for me when I read it so I was both creeped out and amazed that they had it in the movie.

      • Chance LeBoeuf

        A lot of people around me in the theater got noticeably pretty unnerved at the headless body. My friend said the way it moved creeped him out. And I didn’t think was jarring or bad, it was kinda cool. I’ve seen plenty worse CGI that really can take you out of movies.

  • tyler

    Watched this tonight and was not too impressed. Neither was the sold out crowd as they were leaving. It had some scary moments. The kids did great. The actor playing Pennywise was good. The film just seemed so confusing. It was scary, then it was funny, then it was pointless, then back to scary, then funny again, then it went into Goosebumps territory, and then it was dramatic and sappy followed up by more humor. I understand that they were going for the 80’s style, comedy and horror but it just didn’t mix in this. And, worse of all, 95% of the scary moments you already knew exactly what was going to happen because it was in the previews. I am not a picky person when it comes to movies at all as I just like to sit and enjoy them without critiquing every little thing. Whether they followed the original story, the book, or whatever… it just was still a jumbled mess regardless.

    • Trav

      With all due respect, I don’t agree. I thought the movie was incredibly terrifying. Maybe this was because I didn’t watch a lot of the previews, but the previews I did watch didn’t seem to give away a lot of the scares, or at least not the main part of the scare.

      I also think they changed the pacing up a bit was because to get more scenes of the Losers Club together, and give the audience a chance to breathe. The Loser’s Club and their friendship were arguably the best part of the book, not Pennywise. I think the comedy is kept at just the right amount as well.

  • Mark

    God I loved this film, everything I hoped and more.

  • Azwethinkweiz

    Just saw it. It’s cool that it draws parallels with important set pieces in the novel. It hits most main points but dresses it up differently. My only gripes are that it felt too rushed, (wouldn’t have minded it being another hour longer) it had a tad bit of over use on CGI in certain portions and the fate of 3 particular characters still quite bothers me. Other then that….it was solid. I’ll see it again in theatres for sure.

    • Bleedsfromthesky

      Couldn’t have put it any better. Still it was a pretty good movie though. The CGI was my biggest issue.

    • Riiiiiiiiiight

      Agreed. First half needed a few more character beats. CGI was wonky. I know 1 character’s fate you’re talking about for sure. Who are the other 2 you’re talking about?

      • Amanda

        *Spoilers*

        I’m wondering if they mean Belch and Vic. When Henry shows up at the Neibolt Street house he has Vic’s car, but those two aren’t there. Are we to assume he killed them at the same time he killed his dad?

        • Azwethinkweiz

          Exactly. You got it. I was talking about all three of them.

  • MildManneredReporter

    just seen IT..they lingered on pennywise waaaaaaaaay to long in a few scenes and really took away from the atmosphere they were going for. and the kid who played henry was horrible shit was jarring every single time he was on the screen. everything else was good. also this shit aint no way near as scary as nightmare on elm street…you bugging breh

  • It’s dissapointing to see how sloppy the reviews on this website continue to be.

    • Frank Gambino

      Yup. Bitter fans that love to bitch.

  • Gary Moore

    The film is vastly overrated. What are the critics smoking? Did they read the book? It cuts large chunks out of it. The book takes you on journey over a long hot summer. The events are pilled on top of one another. Something helps it flow by switching between past and present and offering more depth with it’s various other Derry stories and non IT, Losers Club gatherings.
    This film feels rushed. Trying to squeeze in far too many jump scares. The kids come to the conclusion that Pennywise is the killer far too quickly. Just like the terrible TV movie. There is a drawn out series of events that happen in the book. The smokestack, which is completely omitted from the film is one of them.

    Mike Hanlon is poorly represented and serves no purpose in the film. It’s Mike, not Ben that researches the history of Derry. Why change roles? Another black character badly handled by the industry. I could go on about Bill’s parents barley even in the movie. Their grief has a huge effect on Bill’s home life but we only see his father in one scene.

    In the book, Patrick Hocksetter is the most evil of whole lot, more then the psychopath Henry Borrows. Borrows and his crew are not threatening enough in the film. The acting is also not great. Patrick is killed off far too easily and is another poor character representation.

    The positives are the cast of kids, which are great. Skarsgards Pennywise is visually stunning and he’s does a great job, but he lacks the eerie presence and the psychological menace of Tim Curry’s portrayal. Folks calling Muschetti’s IT one of the top 5 scariest movies ever are full of shit. It’s a fun movie and there are few good jump scares but don’t expect a modern classic.

    Another note. This film handles the depiction and of IT’s Dead-lights very badly. The Kids don’t literately float. It’s book description is far more haunting.

  • llcc1103

    I don’t know where to start. The commercial cheesy scares? The non stop corny generic horror music in literally ever scene? The lack of character development? The complete lack of subtlety? The over the top use of CGI? I guess I could go on and on and on. Muschetti is a hack!

    • Riiiiiiiiiight

      The score was mediocre and over used for sure. I was a little disappointed in the movie but still liked it overall.

    • drmodem

      So interesting to see the difference in opinions. Personally I loved the score and thought it worked really well.

    • Lack of character Development? LOL you straight wrong with this complaint.

      • The Schwab

        No. It’s true. The movie– and many audience members– often confuse witty dialogue with character dimension. While humorous dialogue can add development, here it is often only funny in a cute way, not adding any depth.

        There is a bit of background for each character about their living situation, but every single character is not more than two-dimensional. Period.

        • “and many audience members– often confuse witty dialogue with character dimension” — Hefty generalization.

          • The Schwab

            Really? I think so. And unless you can enlighten me in a constructive and civil manner about the character depth here, you are probably one of them that confuse it.

          • I didn’t say a single thing about dialogue adding or not adding to CD and then you go and add me to your generalization. Shameful.

          • The Schwab

            Fair enough, But…. I still would say it’s an accurate generalization, though. And so far you haven’t came back in any way but to call the poster above ‘straight wrong’ or me ‘shameful’. That doesn’t sound like someone who actually wants to have a discussion and can actually think. A troll maybe, but not a thinker. Or will you prove me wrong and debate with me. If you even can…..

          • Never said I wanted to discussion. Just passing a comment along. (Nice snarky comment by the way lol)

          • The Schwab

            No problem. Thanks for the inane comment you passed along then. Wish I could leave a shallow comment like that and then back out when I got flack. You are something to inspire to.

          • fred

            Maybe so you don’t step in more sass, you shouldn’t let the shit flow out of your mouth (head, too?). You clearly got a leak. Best, The Schwab (on another computer.)

        • richanthon

          agreed. no character development for ANY of the characters. an awful film and an insult tot he source material

    • richanthon

      total hack!!!!

  • zombie84_41

    This movie was fucking fantastic. It had speilberg written all over it, a stranger things vibe, a nightmare on elm street vibe. I loved all the little throwbacks too. The chemistry between the kids was the best acting I seen from kids in a while. All the acting around was awesome, very good. IDK why everybody is bitchin bout the CGI but its some of the best CGI i’ve seen in a horror movie in a while. its no war of the planet of the apes CGI but its still better then that shitty spiderman movie that just came out. Bill killed it playing pennywise, and honestly this movie is a classic. Plain and simple, its a classic for our generation. Very nice to say I finally got a horror movie to call a classic. Also its the best king movie I seen since THE MIST. I hope to god this wins an Oscar too.

    PS. The movie was scary one bit, but it was deft creepy as fuck, and had some pretty brutal wtf scenes.

    • Necro

      Good to know!

      • zombie84_41

        Its so good

  • llcc1103

    I dont know. I thought this movie was terrible… Nothing was that scary. It relied HEAVILY on CGI, corny background horror music and loud noises. I’m not sure what the hype is all about. There was ZERO subtlety and tone. The blue filter was distracting. When Pennywise bit georgies arm I almost laughed out loud. The CGI was video game level and they used it throughout. Too me it was just a cookie cutter commercial horror film that had zero substance. I think Muschetti is a studio hack.

    • richanthon

      amen

    • Paul Segreto

      Absolutely. It felt like a generic PG-13 horror movie the entire time

    • James

      Of course it wasn’t very scary. The book wasn’t very scary. Not sure how you could do pennywise without cg because it’s an otherworldly being and needs to act as such. Overall it was impressive adaptation of the novel and the attention to detail was shocking. The director is very far from a hack.

  • Hogwash. This was a hot mess of an adaption. It wasn’t the least bit scary, there was not tension in it at all. The kids were great, but Pennywise wasn’t scary at all. Ironically the attempt to make him look more intimidating backfired in the most spectacular way and made him not scary at all. Same with the pack of bullies who became more like occasional canon-fodder than the secondary main antagonists – they ended up not being scary or intimidating either.

    They changed relationships and character traits for no good reason, as for the incredibly cheesy ending which was nothing like the book at all… *sigh*.

    They did include more characters from the book than the TV series did, but then they didn’t use them effectively. Then they invented several characters but didn’t really add any value doing it. Somehow they managed to include more yet end up with less!

    If you’re looking for something that is more like the book, stick with the TV movie. If you’re looking for a cheesy, popcorn eating, killer clown movie to kill a couple of hours, then you’ll probably like this version more.

    I had such high hopes. Oh well.

    • richanthon

      agreed. totally shit film

      • I wouldn’t have said it was that bad… just that it was another botched attempt at a great book.

  • On it’s own grounds it was a great film, albeit not very scary. It played more as a fantasy adventure film than an all-our horror spectacle (as the trailer’s sold it). As an adaptation it was all over the place, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. The kids were brilliant.

  • Big Boss Rogers

    Yeah hope Penny was teasing us with his fuckery this first film! It had some scary dark visuals! And the next one when the kids are older all hell really breaks loose! I enjoyed it! Can’t wait for more!

  • Papa_spoosh

    The marketing was awesome for this movie in terms of generating excitement. I get why people are disappointed though because I wasn’t scared by the movie and the CGI was horrible. Overall, ignoring what you expected the movie to be, it’s hard to deny how lovable the characters were, how fun and exciting watching the clown form of pennywise was… the movie kicked ass, but woulda been perfect without the poor CGI scenes and maybe some more of the bullies. And no slo mo on the rock fight

  • Fufv rur45

    It was good, but wish they would’ve shied away from the shit cgi. Practical effects would’ve been more convincing. No.adaption will really do this justice. Needs to be done as a Netflix type series. A few hours isn’t enough. The 90s mini series was screwed due to short sided idiots at abc. It could’ve been a 9 hr series. Really two different takes of the same material. Please, don’t let this keep you from seeing this. Its a pretty good flick for what it is. Some pretty funny scenes w pennywise. I laughed my ass off with the mike scene w pennywise. Watch it and see.

  • steadymobb

    Was dumb

  • James Tillotson

    I loved the movie overall. The characters were smart and I cared about each and every one of them. The acting was absolutely phenomenal. Character development was strong overall. Pennywise wasn’t very scary in most scenes. The time was spot on and felt like IT should on screen. The balance of horror and humor and the coming of age theme was perfect. Here are the cons: ***spoilers****
    1. Giving the historian character to Ben verses Mike was a huge mistake. Mike had the least character development, felt very absent during the middle of the movie, and also left out the racism that was prominent with his character giving him the least trauma and character development and little story ark.
    2. The CGI was not always well blended. A few noteworthy moments that were really an eye sore to the film were every scene with the Stans violin picture lady, Pennywise in many early scenes such as killin Patrick, and the morphing in the final act between each fear.
    3. The set piece in the final act was incredibly weak. One, it just seemed too on the nose and looked lazy. Two, the fact that there were partial eaten children ACTUALLY floating just doesn’t work from character and standpoint and simply a logical st standpoint. It makes zero sense that Pennywise isn’t eating all these kids considering how frequently he has to eat. Like why eat one arm and leave the whole body? It just doesn’t work at all. It works much better for the balloons to provide symbolism vs having actual dead body barely eaten floating around in a sewer. They really didn’t think that through.

  • Meatwad

    I saw IT the other night and I loved it! One of the better horror movies to come out s of lately.

  • kreddyfrueger

    Skarsgard was a great Pennywise, it’s just a shame he is substituted with a: giant pennywise, a moving faster than logic pennywise, a pennywise with insect legs ala Kafka. The creep factor he injected into the character needed more screen time, not to be diluted with CGI. Alas, it was a fun movie altogether. The kids were great (though Wolfhard could have been toned back a bit) and the mood and coloring was spooky and atmospheric.

    • llcc1103

      I agree. We needed more non cgi dialogue normal pennywise. The CGI was way over the top

      • kreddyfrueger

        for sure my friend. hopefully in the next one.

  • llcc1103

    No wonder Fukinaga walked away. The studio had their commercial, cheesy, loud cliche background music, horror cgi demands and Muschetti is a hack stooge that would abide by it. Nothing spectacular about this film (other than MAYBE Skarsgard, but even he was overtaken by corny weird layered CGI shots, how many times was he going to shake and run unnaturally) Very disappointing. I think people need to be honest with themselves about this film.

    • richanthon

      amen

    • Paul Segreto

      thank you

  • Dead-behavoir

    The film was alright, Pennywise was great, but could not stand the cheap corny CGI. I felt like the movie was rushed, not enough character development, especially with Henry Bowers. Would have been way better if it was made into a horror/gory mini-series.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    I’ll just say I called it and leave it at that (that is to say I’d give it a 3/5’ish). So, what’s the next big [over]hyped horror movie…

  • richanthon

    its complete SH-it. so disappointed. no characterisation (WTF Henry, Stan, Mike??), crap CGI (the leper. what a let down! use practical effects for christ sake!), no soul, no menace, no atmosphere. Just a series of jump scares with no connectivity. Yes I like how Pennywise is realised but after the opening they show too much and after that he is no longer scary. The movie actually becomes boring towards the ending. The floatings kids?
    Simply awful! Its simply not scary as the director is a jump scare hack. The house on Neibolt Street looks and feels like a set. Its all horror by numbers for the James Wan generation who think The Conjuring is scary. Whats happened to horror? Its a dead art run by money hungry studios. Why move it to the 80’s? It does not even come across in the movie except for showing 80’s movie posters. I will tell you why. Stranger Things. Thats why. Its just all about making money. At least Cary Fukunaga understood dread and atmosphere. Any fan of Kings book is going to hate this and its an insult to the source material. a C+. Yawn. Not holding out hope for a sequel if they got this one so wrong.

    • llcc1103

      Spot on.. NO subtlety. That HORRIBLE cookie cutter background music. The CGI was video game level. Why hire a contortionist for the leper? He just walked around and drooled and covered in CGI. I can go on and on

      • richanthon

        amen. sacrilege

    • Frank Gambino

      Complete shit? Lol k, bud

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        I agree that was a bit much (c+ is complete shit?), but I thumbs up the rest of what he said (including the c+… I enjoyed it, but it certainly wasn’t great).

    • Dave

      This person would hate any movie regardless of director and/ or actor. Fuck em..

      • richanthon

        excuse me. no need to get nasty. i dont hate movies. i love them. sorry you are taking it personally but please grow up and dont get personal with me. if you want to watch a scary movie watch the original Texas Chainsaw by Tobe Hooper. Watch movies where you care about the characters. Like the Exorcist. superbly crafted. I loved the book IT (yes I read) and I am entitled to my opinion. Grow up and get a life. ‘I would hate any actor/director’. you are the one being hateful. silly person projecting their hatred on me with your small mind. go play video games. yawn…..

        • Dave

          Awfully defensive, sir! Your original comment just comes off as pretentious as fuck. Thus my assumption that you just like to find things wrong with any and all movies. Also, The Exorcist is crap. Texas Chainsaw, however, is amazing. Good day.

          • richanthon

            Again no need to get personal or make assumptions of my character based on my opinion of a horror movie. Now I am pretentious? and you assume a lot. Get a life. As I said you are a bully and a troll. Opinions are like arseholes and that how I ‘assume’ you are based on your posts. The Exorcist is crap?? Lol. Case in point…. next!

          • Dave

            I said that the comment you made comes off as pretentious. I never accused you yourself as being so. However since you are so defensive about it that might be true? Idk. Doesn’t matter. You’re right. Everyone has an opinion. One could argue that since you hold The Exorcist in such high regard that my opinion is better than yours. Oh well. You have a good day!

          • James

            His comment was painfully pretentious and obviously trying very hard to hate on a movie that most people like.

      • richanthon

        troll

      • Michael Howell

        tbh

    • OldCrime

      Agreed.

    • Necrogeddon666

      Agreed. It was garbage.

    • Otterlee

      Everything was overdone. Sometimes less is more. Felt like Michael Bay had a hand in it.

    • James

      No the conjuring was not scary. Now there is a director and cinematic universe that is run by a hack.

  • fannypack aficionado

    Saw it this afternoon. Not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but meh.

    • Dave

      BOOOOOOOOOO

      • fannypack aficionado

        Hahaha. I’ve failed you, Dave.

    • James

      Just curious, but what do you consider to be a great horror movie?

      • fannypack aficionado

        I think there are many great horror films out there, but in the last few years I’ve concluded that The Thing, imo, is the most perfect horror film ever made. Don’t get me wrong, I would recommend It, and I think it’s better than most stuff made these days. I just think we as a horror community have lowered our bar a bit.

        That said…. I also own five copies of Cannibal Holocaust, so naturally I realize that I’m not necessarily the target audience for It.

    • James

      Great username by the way 🙂

  • Aaron Johnson

    I thought it was awesome. Not perfect, but damn good. I was hoping It would be more than the clown and it definitely was. The thing in the library was particularly creepy and unexpected. I also thought the acting was absolutely phenomenal. These kids live and breathe. And I felt the ensemble cast had a lot more in common with the younger kids on “Freaks & Geeks” than they have with “Stranger Things”. I didn’t notice crappy CGI. My biggest complaint was that some of the characters got short-changed with almost zero development particularly Mike, Stan and the bullies. I’m a little iffy about the adult part of it, but we shall see. I loved the late 80s setting and found it really believable.

  • thegreatiandi

    And que all of the ” this movie was a total piece of garbage ” comments LOL.

    • James

      It is hip to hate on something popular 🙂

  • Brian McNatt

    My entire theater jumped and screamed when Pennywise appeared out of the projection in the garage. Just brilliant. Definitely a movie to see with a big crowd if you can.

    • Trav

      Favorite scene in the movie. Totally wasn’t expecting it, and the previews didn’t give it away. My theater wasn’t particularly packed, and honestly, that scene terrified me so much I wasn’t even paying attention to the people around me. I might see it again, and I’ll have to pay attention to the audience reaction when that scene comes up.

  • OldCrime

    What was with the creepy paedo pharmacist?

  • Knut Lilium Redfield

    😐

  • Terrie Holden

    I though the boy who played Brian,the new boy in town was fantastic, really good acting!

  • Rick-Taylor

    I would agree with the 4/5 rating. Wasn’t scary, some bad CGI, misplaced montage, the Street Fighter 1 inaccuracy. Other than that, I had a great time with the movie. That potty-mouth kid was hilarious, they got the feel and commonalities of the 1980’s perfectly.

    To me, it seemed more like a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew kind of story. Having Anthrax playing during the rock fight and that one lackey wearing Metallica and Anthrax shirts was a plus, for me.

    I could understand die-hard King fans being disappointed or insulted by this movie. I am not a King fan, I think the TV movie with Tim Curry was garbage. So, the changes made for this movie didn’t affect me.

  • Vincent Kane

    Loved the movie but there was nothing scary about this movie. Pennywise was great but not menacing enough for my taste.

  • Pat Rossi

    I wanted to come out of this film with no issues but unfortunately while I loved this film it has quite a few flaws. The characterization of Derry and its backstory are barely there like in the Fukanaga script. Mike, his grandfather, Henry and his dad as well as Ben loose almost all there development from the script. They added a poorly done love triangle and took the epic finale from the script and gave us a bit of a sloppy ending. I also thought the film was a bit too conventional and was a bit afraid to fully show some of the more graphic moments. The CGI for the most part looked good but was way overused, leaving me questioning how much of this Pennywise was actually Skarsgard. Most of the best aspects of this film were the parts untouched from Fukanagas script. This leave me little hope for the sequel without Fukanagas involvement. There was plenty to like from this film though and they did bring some good changes. I just feel this film could of been so much more with a more talented director at the helm and if WB weren’t such tightwads. I may be the only one who feels this way but that is my opinion. I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10.

  • Necrogeddon666

    It was weak. One for all the entry level horror fans. Que the butthurt…

  • I Am Colossus

    This was soooo good…..it did exceed my expectations. Mainly because I thought deep down it was going to be cheesy. After Occulus, Ouji, Conjuring, Annabelle, etc. I’ve been so fucking sleepy toward these dumb fucking ghost story movies. But I must admit, this movie was at the very least entertaining, and at the most it had some genuinely creepy surprises. The Pennywise CGI was really cool. The effects had a 3D quality that made the jump scares actually jumpy. Great movie, a classic, I’ll be watching it many times over.

  • Evan3

    OK. Can we just call a movie OK? Not every damn film has to be A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF INCREDIBLE GENIUS! It was just fine. It was played broadly to reach a broad audience. It had plenty of unintentional laughs at odd decisions (notably, the bully opening the mailbox while, like, a bizarro mini-storm rages). Skarsgarrd was better than expected, but was no Tim Curry-level of genius. It lacked any true scares, but some nice tense scenes.

    It’s OK to say a movie is OK.

    • Cameron Marsh

      This, this, this.

    • I think it was better than OK and I was/am excited about it, but totally agree on the hyping. The more we overhype things with over the top buzz word filled articles, the more disappointed people get when they finally see it

    • DeathApeDisco

      I found it heartbreaking at several points. I don’t know if that’s wrapped up in my reading the book too.

    • James

      It was far more than ok. IT was excellent. And he can’t be compared to Curry because nothing about curry was like the book. Bill’s version was far closer and therefore was a much better fit.

  • Huck42

    Can you really review IT without seeing both parts? Take Kill Bill as an example. Watching parts 1 and 2 back to back is a MUCH better experience than just seeing part 1, waiting a year or so, and then seeing part 2.

    I’ll go see IT (it’s playing a few blocks down the street)…But I really won’t judge it until I can see both halves.

  • James Allard

    If Stranger Things is Stephen Spielberg does Stephen King, bump Spielberg out and pop in John Hughes. That was what it was like for me (and I loved the old John Hughes films) only with a not-pop based soundtrack.

  • I finally went to see this last night and I really enjoyed it. After reading some of the negative responses here (the CGI looking amateur, it was funny and not scary, the music didn’t fit, etc) I was expecting it to be a let down, but I came out excited and couldn’t stop boring my coulrophobic fiancee to death about it.

    *Spoilers/long comment ahead*

    The CGI quality, I think people are being far too critical. There’s times it looked almost cartoonish but I feel like it fits. The only time I found it to be off putting was when Pennywise bites down on Georgie, but that shot was over with in less than a second. Otherwise I loved the effects and thought they did a fantastic job with the budget they had. It was massively superior to the TV movie if you’re one of the crowd that likes to compare.

    A lot of people are commenting saying “I don’t get scared by horror movies so it wasn’t scary”. I don’t either, but I tend to rate a movie based on how many times I flinch, or cringe, or yell or laugh, and I did that a LOT in this movie. Ok so I didn’t lose any sleep, but some of the scenes really did stick with me. I’d seen the leaked Georgie scene that cut off just before the end like a lot of people, but seeing him on the big screen crawling and screaming for his brother with a bloody stump was pretty shocking and unexpected! There were quite a lot of ‘woah moments’ that I’d love to watch again (Bill’s basement, the leper, the head in the mattress and the Neibolt basement to name a few). It won’t scare a hardened horror fan, but it WILL scare some people, and not just the ‘casual horror newcomers’.

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgård either. Both characters are totally different. Curry played a sadistic comedian, Skarsgård plays an animal. The new Pennywise was brilliantly unhinged, feral and unpredictable and was so captivating every moment he was on screen. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the role any better.

    The main criticism I have is the music score. Someone else mentioned this on here and I agree that a different score could’ve made the movie a lot more unsettling (generic dramatic string-heavy scores aren’t really suited.)

    I just really, really loved this movie and would happily pay to see it again. I’m so happy to see it succeeding, and seeing the cinema absolutely rammed to the brim of laughing, shouting and screaming people last night was fantastic. I hope the sequel is just as entertaining without the brilliant cast of the Loser’s Club in this movie.

    • James

      Thank you! That one shot of it biting down on Georgie was the one thing that bugged me. Honestly I’m surprised they settled on that shot because everything else looked great and felt fitting for the character.

      And how amazing was the projector scene?!?!?

  • DeathApeDisco

    Just saw IT and all I want to do is go straight back in and watch it
    again! Pitch perfect casting. Some big deviations from the book (only
    major issues some of the choices around Mike and Beverley, and not
    showing Stan’s event – perhaps that will come), and of course only about
    40% of the story has been told, but the very ending made me scree with
    glee. Having read the book, the film makes a superb companion piece
    which is enriched by the book, provides worthwhile nods to it in
    particular moments and mise-en-scene, but stands on its own. What a
    fantastic job, fave film I’ve seen in the cinema since Pan’s Labyrinth.
    Even the moving of the kids’ part of the story to the 80s works,
    although they LOVE rock music and I HATE that one of the bullies now
    wears metal T-shirts – that’s lazy, and King wouldn’t approve.

    There are some spectacular misreadings IT among the reviews I’m reading.
    It’s not necessarily meant to scare US, it’s a film about what scares
    THEM. And dammit there was definitely something in my eye at several
    points as well.

    Otherwise, I’ve got nothing to say except I adored it.

  • Lucky7shots

    I agree with the review, but with that much praise a 4.5/5 is the least you could give it

  • liltrav88888

    I finally saw it and holy shit what a great fucking movie

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