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‘IT’s’ $117 Million is the Best Horror Box Office Opening EVER!

‘IT’s’ $117 Million is the Best Horror Box Office Opening EVER!

Horror floats down here.

While Hollywood has suffered one of the worst summers in years, the horror genre is laughing all the way to the bank. Universal kicked the year off with massive successes, including Jordan Peele’s Get Out and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, both topping $250 million worldwide. In fact, David F. Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation could topple $300m. While we’re all celebrating these successes none are as important as Warner Bros./New Line Cinema’s IT, which has shattered September records by topping $100 million during its opening weekend.

In fact, early estimates are reporting that IT has exploded to a whopping $117 million opening weekend, making it the best horror opening ever.

That $117 million is just here in the States, with early international reports just coming in adding $62m to the total. Early Sunday morning estimates have the worldwide gross at $179 million. An interesting comparison would be to Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which shared a similar debut. That ended its domestic run at $325m and worldwide at $750m, which would be absolutely insane for a horror film. $500+ million worldwide is all but guaranteed. UPDATE: As of Monday morning it’s being reported that the domestic take is more along the lines of $123 million!

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

I’m not a fan of box office reporting but, as we all know, Hollywood is reactive. These numbers mean something, and IT‘s ascension from problematic (and nearly shut down) to greatness will impact the entire industry. You see, IT has saved fans from continually being served fast-food horror. The studios have become accustomed to underspending on our genre, with budgets dwindling down to the $5 million range. That’s quite literally what it costs to make many independent films you see at Sundance or Toronto these days.  Each movie is its own miracle but every horror movie just can’t be made for $5m and be good. On the flip side, in the early 2000s, studios were most definitely overspending on our genre, making it nearly impossible to recoup their expenses. Like I said, Hollywood is reactionary and IT has saved us from the terrors of under-budgeted genre films; this massive opening is a signal to the executives that people will show up for high-quality horror productions. It’s just up to them to hit the breaks a bit and find a happy place between under and overspending.

Speaking of…hopefully, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Pictures don’t forget how they got here. When Cary Fukunaga was attached to the Stephen King adaptation, it was originally a Warners production. From what I’m told, budget concerns initially caused the studio to hit the breaks, and that’s why it was shifted over to New Line. There, Fukunaga exited the project and Andy Muschietti was brought in to retool the film to fit into a lesser budget (reported at $35 million). Even with the lesser budget, they spent a lot in comparison. You just can’t cheat quality and IT proves this on so many levels.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen a horror movie with this kind of backing and now I’m longing for it all over again. It’s time for the studios to transition out of the micro-horror mindset and get back to the basics. They need to support the genre and get behind refreshing projects without letting the budget get out of hand and thus killing their own monster that they created. There is a place where horror can live that delivers both profits and quality. The closest we’ve been to floating up from the sewers is with New Line’s Conjuring franchise, which continues to be a box office beast that’s also made within reasonable budgets.

Strap in, dear readers, it’s time for the great horror revival! We’re only just getting started…



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COMMENTS

373 Comments
  • Christopher Nickerson

    Just waiting 20 years for BD to suggest a Rob Zombie remake

    • Knut Lilium Redfield

      He’ll probably set it all in a trashy red-neck setting~ Where the boys will have long hair, and constantly drop the F bomb. And Pennywise with some tragic origin story or something.

      • DJV1985

        My biggest gripe about his reboot of Halloween right there. I hated that he changed the concept of Michael being evil just because he was born that way and not raised in a family that seemed to be right out of a Manson tribute.

        • Knut Lilium Redfield

          I know right? That could have been saved for an original character but he had to blow it on an iconic murderer, taking away every single aspect of mystery that shrouded Michael.

          • Michael Howell

            the director cuts of both films are horrendous. however, i don’t mind zombie’s remake of the sequel, only for the single fact that it’s not a replica of Carpenter’s, but Rob’s own psychological take. but ONLY the theatrical version.

  • jasonlives1986

    I’m confused by the correlation between how much a movie makes and th3 quality of th3 movie.

    It was fine but it was also a mess

    Maybe when WB gets their hands back on f13 we will get something in trhe works there.

    Also. No way WB let’s this well dry up. If IT 2 is just as successful you can expect some non canon sequels.

    Which might make for a better movie since they’re having a hard time sticking with the source material as it is

    • Michael Howell

      if you’re going to the theatre to see an adaptation of a 1000+ page novel with expectations to be 100% true to the material, then why did you bother buying a ticket? the film was spot on for what they had to work with. go back home and stick to your book.

      • jasonlives1986

        Movie was fine.

        It wasn’t spot on.

        Do to mandate to have multiple films.

        More concerned with the shitty transitions between scenes, especially early on. It just kind of hanging around harassing kids without much attempt in their life.

        Could of done a way better job at showing the kids actually having dealt with this issue inst3ad or a pow wow in th3 street saying hwy this clown is haunting me, oh hey I know where it lives let’s go!

        Movie was good. Not better than the show. Looks better cause it has tens of millions of more into it but fails at showing the simple things.

        Certainly not the classic this site rated it

        • Michael Howell

          my only gripe with the film was – the focus on Bill and Beverly the entire time, felt like the rest of the losers club were underdeveloped.

          • jasonlives1986

            Richie was best character I thought. No development sure but he brought the funny

          • Michael Howell

            hopefully, the sequel will focus more on ben and Mike. who gives a fuck about stan.

          • Saturn

            Indeed, they should really be killing him instead of Kenny.

          • jasonlives1986

            A character superior in the original. That movie showed how his fear led to his downfall and not fully trusting his friends led to the break in the friendship IT was looking for

            One of my fav scenes in that movie was when Bill talked about how Stan was the last one to see IT that summer and the flashback to him and Stan jetting off on the bike.

            Stuff I think this new movie missed out on

      • Bla Blah

        I thought the movie was really good, but that it has its issues like Jason said.
        The CGI was extensive and very noticeable for example, which was my biggest complaint. The scares were also very repeatable in the sense that a LOT it’s shape shifting had to do with dead bodies and it got tired after awhile.
        It’s good but it’s not the greatest horror movie ever let alone the best of the last few years. That has nothing to do with it being a spot on adaptation of the book, I don’t give a shit about that. The movie is, like far too many movies today, overhypped and given way too much credit. My expectations were set way too high

  • jasonlives1986

    Ps

    If not for the hurricanes in Florida and Houston this movie smashes deadpools record biggest R rated opening ever.

  • Colonel Ives

    I’m not not for box office reports as well. but let’s cross our fingers so for high quality horror films and I think mother will do well at the box office too

  • Khy

    I had to pull over on the way home and call my priest for prayer. This movie fucked with me. Scariest film hands down. As someone who’ve read the novel at least thirteen times in the past three years- I am very proud.

    • Knut Lilium Redfield

      It was that scary? Wow! I can’t wait to see it.

      • Khy

        Very unnerving. Good luck!

        • Knut Lilium Redfield

          Thank you! I hope you can sleep easy though. Without Pennywise coming to you in a dream.

      • Necro

        Absolutely! Just saw it 18 hours ago and yes ‘IT’ is so good on so many levels!

        • Knut Lilium Redfield

          This is getting me all the more excited.

          • Necro

            Well remember go in with your own expectations. I just told you my opinion, it does have its flaws, but nothing even close to major. In all honesty IN MY OPINION if you don’t like this after you’ve seen it, then please tell me 2 things: 1) What you want from a Horror film (cuz this has it all) and 2) Why you even bother to call yourself a Horror fan (whether you’re a casual one, or a hardcore enthusiast). When the film ended last night the entire theater gave ‘IT’ a standing ovation! No joke!

          • pablitonizer

            People applaused on friday night! Agree with you, if horror fans don’t like this…WHAT DE HELL DO THEY WANT FROM A HORROR FILM? The giant pennywise scene was absolutely fantastic!

          • Knut Lilium Redfield

            They’ll trash just about anything that looks good.

          • Khy

            I went very early Friday so there were only a few people but the few people did applaud as well haha

          • Necro

            Yeah I’ve been to many Horror films in theaters and I can’t honestly remember a film getting a standing ovation after it ended.

          • Knut Lilium Redfield

            um… okay. I’ll be sure to remind myself of going in with low expectations.

      • Michael Howell

        you’ll float alright

        • Knut Lilium Redfield

          -cue pennywise laughter;

    • Trapjaw

      “As someone who’ve read the novel at least thirteen times in the past three years”.

      Having been burned badly by Tim Currys version, this statement gives me great hope.

      • Khy

        At the end of the day just go in and remember that its a movie that has a lot of ground to cover even for its healthy 2 hour and 20 minute run time and be open minded. There are changes and alterations but most of them are so in line with the characters, their world, and even King’s material that they are actually welcomed and feel NATURAL- they aren’t just random changes for random changes, they have reasoning that pushes the story forward. But there is also so much that the miniseries skipped over from the novel that the movie focuses on and it is so sweet to finally see a lot of those elements actually come to life. Pennywise best of all because he actually feels like a foreign being that can appear anywhere and everywhere and he, or I shall say IT, enjoys feeding. Its so much like how in the novel when King writes “Derry is its personal killing pen, it enjoys eating and sleeping” and gets the fact that this is a HUNGRY, no STARVING creature across way better than the miniseries.

        Also, seeing ICONIC landmarks around Derry(that once again, the miniseries skipped out on) that are noted in the novel is so fucking awesome. Even the tiniest of things like the Neibolt street house being next to the largely black Baptist church near the train yard- all sweet stuff for book fans to catch.

        I’ll shut up, I don’t want to go into every thing. But this was definitely made with love and I enjoyed the hell out of it! Go in and have fun!

    • pablitonizer

      It was fucking amazing! The opening scene disturbed me in so many ways, I was shock as everyone else in the movie theatre. Great jump scares, great tension built and great comedy moments to break that terror atmosphere, after all they’re still kids

      • Necro

        Yeah me too Pablitonizer I just saw it last night, and that scene with ‘Georgie’ is still running through my mind! I can’t help but feel so bad for that kid!

        • pablitonizer

          Absolutely! And what about the giant pennywise scene? I just LOVED it so fucking much! I didn’t expect that one coming at all… I’ll probably see it again, I need to re-enjoy so many moments!

          • Khy

            My freaking family are trying to get me to wait to see it again next Saturday but I really, really, want to see it NOW! I can’t wait all that time!
            My favorite moment was the headless boy chase- that was such a wonderfully surprising nod to the lore in the novel about the boy’s head being found in the woman’s tree after the Easter egg Ironworks explosion. Loooovveed that!

          • Knut Lilium Redfield

            Just wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray release, then you’ll be able to watch it all the time. Okay, not really but you know what I mean.

          • Khy

            I’ll break the disk that’s how much I’ll watch it

          • Michael Howell

            mood

          • Necro

            Oh the way he came through the screen tripped me out big time! My wife jumped like hell to! Yeah the last time I had so much emotion for a film was ‘Evil Dead 2013’. This was just so fucking good! I definitely want to see it again because I normally don’t do anything but matinee at the theaters, so many disrespectful people who sit there and talk makes me have homicidal impulses. Besides all that even if I would’ve been the only one in the theater I’d want to see it again!

        • J Jett

          pablitonizer and Necro, you guys (along with Khy) have convinced me to go see the movie (i was on the fence about just waiting for it to release on BR)!! i’m going to try and so see it today!

          EDIT:
          i’m going to see it tomorrow at a matinee price ($$$ is a tad tight for me but this movie sounds worth it!).

          • Creepshow

            This movie is fantastic. Why would you wait to see this, but rush out to see Resident Evil and Underworld crud?

          • J Jett

            um EXCUSE ME, Creepshow, all the cool kids think the RE movies are amazing and awesome (i genuinely love both and consider the UW movies quality). i’m just one of the kool kids. see? i’m SO cool that i spelled it in the kool way! LOL. 🙂

          • Creepshow

            Haha! You’re a good sport.

    • le4therfac3

      i loved every second of it but didn’t find it scary at all. jumped only once. but i guess that’s all subjective.

    • J Jett

      Khy, WOW! you and i tend to have very similar tastes! i can’t wait to see IT now!

  • Ryan

    Not bad for a stealth prequel to Venom, tho.

    • Saturn

      Shhh, that’s only revealed in Chapter 2 : Spider-Man Must Die!

      (ahem, think about it….)

    • zombie84_41

      I thought Venom was actually really good. But what happen to Rose though?

  • m△cs

    I knew it…amazing

  • Knut Lilium Redfield

    The fact that this movie is doing so incredibly well… Really makes me happy and proud of the fact that this was done with care. I just hope the sequel will be just as good if not better. Okay maybe not but still.

    • zombie84_41

      Same. If they get the same writers it could be. But we need fantastic adult actors.

      • Necro

        I think Elijah Wood would be a good choice.

        • zombie84_41

          Yeah they could use him for Stan. Lol get Jonah hill to play the fat kid LOL

  • BCB

    Did I miss it, did any of the Losers actually say “Beep beep, Richie”?

    • Michael Howell

      no, only penny said it to him directly

      • BCB

        That’s what I thought.

        • Michael Howell

          Finn Wolfhard completely nailed it as Tozier, though. Best comedic relief i’ve seen in a horror film in a while.

          • BCB

            I really liked the Eddie character in this movie as well. Had more of an edge than the TV version.

          • Michael Howell

            oh definitely, he was almost just as funny as Wolfhard. didn’t care much for eddie in the book or the mini series

          • Khy

            Eddie was perfect. He actually stood on his own two feet and didn’t feel like the sickly burden he was in the miniseries. I also thought his humor meshed well with Richie’s which makes their bond all the more stronger. The role was definitely elevated yet they still respected his character!

          • Khy

            Finn definitely showed he can be versatile. He was so straight laced and Bill-like in Stranger Things, it was nice to see he can be completely different!

  • Adam Matthews

    Im totally delighted by these numbers because maybe it’ll do for horror what scream did ..but i was honestly let down by this movie – there was no suspense, no worry of whether a character would die which meant all the scares were just jump scares characters who did die did so and it was quick and they were never mentioned again (patrick) … it just fell a bit flat for me, that said i want it to do amazingly well and i do look forward to the sequel 🙂

  • Knut Lilium Redfield

    http://i.imgur.com/s8JxIcn.png I thought I wanted to share this since I wanted to make a quick graphic of the evil sob himself. Please be nice.

    • Jada Maes

      BEAUTIFUL

    • I might print this out and put it on my pillow for my girlfriend when I go to work, she *loves* clowns, hahaha

    • sliceanddice

      that’s fucking majestic.

  • Khy

    Only two small minor complaints I have about this otherwise wonderful movie-

    SPOILER WARNING. SPOILER WARINING!

    1) Mike & Ben. So I understand they decided to have Ben relay Derry’s history to the Losers mainly out of simplicity because he is always at the Library, he just moved here, so why not have him be the one who finds out about Derry’s horrific past? I get that. I just thought it left Mike with nothing to really add. I know they gave him the gun and him taking out Henry, but I worry that in part 2 Ben will be the one who stays and Mike will be left with not much. Ben already has his weight loss, the Bev/Bill triangle, and now the researcher but what will Mike have? I hope they don’t go down that route. That’s the only thing I wasn’t fond of.

    2) Speaking of Henry, is that it? Is he dead? Are they planning on doing a reversal and having dead Henry be the one who appears to Victor and Belch and making them kill the adult losers in part 2? If not I really don’t understand why they decided to kill Henry off this early- unless of course they’re going to give that mostly to Tim Rogan- maybe have him be manipulated by Pennywise not only to kill Beverly, but all the other losers because he thinks she’s a “whore”. I will wait until part 2 before I consider Henry’s early demise a misstep. It might be perfectly set up for something.

    Also are they saving Greta Bowie for any thing special. She had a bigger role than she ever did in the novel.

    • Michael Howell

      mike’s character was flat this go round. felt like he was just beat up the entire time. but bowers most definitely isn’t dead, he’ll be back with white hair.

      • Khy

        Yeah, I felt bad for Mike and for the actor who played him. He was really pushed aside. Thought honestly Mike become more integral as an adult, but still.
        Henry could be badly injured, maybe even hospitalized for the next 27 years, then when Pennywise comes to see him- he gets healed and goes back to Derry to finish it. I can see that.

        • Michael Howell

          he’ll definitely come back to try and finish the job, regardless of how they decide to write that.

          • Khy

            You’re right. That’s what the writers are paid for, I shouldn’t worry about it!

    • zombie84_41

      My only gripe was the disappearing new kids on the block poster. One min its there with song then its gone nothing on the door at all. Was it a dream ?

    • Papa_spoosh

      Well Mikes thing in the sequel will be that he’s stayed behind, hasn’t forgotten and has kept tabs on them all. His role to the kids group was most definitely robbed but it has no bearing on his importance as adults. For how great the kids were together, I wish they spent just a little time being just friends. Built the dam.. make the fort. time restrictions I’m sure had a lot to do with it. I think we’re going to hear of one real messed up stuff with Henry and I still think he’ll be alive and take the blame for the murders. He might wash up somewhere along with the no-longer floating bodies

      • Khy

        Yeah I feel better now. I don’t see them going out of their way and making more work for themselves. There’s already going to be a lot to cover in the final movie.

  • Saturn

    Fantastic news – it’s been a pretty good year for horror – long may it last!

    • Necro

      It may be a little premature, but 2018 is looking alright so far. Now that is if certain scheduling stays the same. After all it is only September, hence premature.

  • plutohiller

    The movie was great. Intro by far the most disturbing. The biggest gripe (maybe spoiler) I have is that Pennywise didn’t get enough dialogue. His monologue with Georgie was so damn good, I wanted more of that with the other kids. The rest of the film he’s just used as a menacing figure. Definitely a fun film with creepy atmosphere and a great cast.

    • Khy

      I’m sure Pennywise will get more “performance” time in the sequel with the adults. The kids portion have always been mostly about the scares understandably.
      I agree though! We need more.

    • zombie84_41

      Well they said in the next part they will dive more into the back story of pennywise and have him have more dialogue. There are so many awesome scenes too.

      • Necro

        Are they going to completely unveil everything about him? I mean if it’s one thing Horror fans have a problem with is when a character’s origin/backstory is completely unveiled. By the way Bro I absolutely LOVED this film! I mean I can’t remember a film us fans and myself were so adamant about! Also BD is usually vacant on a Sunday and boy it’s jumping today!

        • zombie84_41

          Ya the movie was fucking fantastic. I haven’t been this excited about a horror movie in a long long time. It was a pure bred classic. And its killing it at the box office. So happy. Also I’m not sure if they will unveil all about the character i was reading somewhere they were going to give him a good proper backstory. And give him more lines to say and all. I have huge faith in this team of writers and directors, that’s if they keep the same writers and director.

          • Necro

            With the success of this movie I doubt any writer or especially the director is going to willingly leave the next movie! Willingly that is. And yeah I agree with you I have a lot of faith myself.

          • zombie84_41

            Dudeee (hope you been a guy this whole time because I been calling you bro and dude lol I feel bad if you were a girl) Lol but I just read that the director of IT is making a ROBOTECH movie . Ummmmmm fuck yeah. Do you know how fuckin happy I am now. All we need is a legit live action VOLTRON and life be complete it was suppose to be but IDK wtf happen.

          • Necro

            HaHa! Yeah I’m a guy!

          • zombie84_41

            cool cus I would of fell like a dick for being yo bro and dude always

        • zombie84_41

          you know what I was thinking to. We should make like fan BD page on FB where we can disgust horror, how we feel about movies, shoot the shit, and all. I think that be a cool idea for all of us.

          • Necro

            You know I’m down Bro!

          • zombie84_41

            Ahright I set that shit up as some group page then I will just post it in the links and all.

          • Necro

            Definitely sounds good to me!

  • Demented Daniel

    Maybe it (pun intended) will help revive R-rated horror movies.

  • Wow, I was not expecting the box office to be THAT huge! That’s well over twice what Hannibal (2001) made in its opening. I hope this prompts Universal to drop their “action hero monster” bullshit and make a real Universal Monsters universe.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing a slasher cinematic universe. Our biggest chances of that happening is if New Line can get Leatherface back, and start it off with Jason, Freddy, and Ash.

    • Khy

      This is a win for R rated horror big time.
      I also think this might get Warner to really examine Freddy Kruger. I’d love to see A Nightmare On Elm Street revived- but the RIGHT way- not that generic Platinum Dunes bore fest we got back in 2010. But to have WB get together a director with a strong vision to bring Freddy back to the world of entertainment. WB maybe be sloppy in their DC superhero department, but they are actually killing it on the horror front.

      • Especially with today’s technology. They can do some very creative things with Freddy’s dream world that simply wasn’t possible in the 1980s. I’m still trying to figure out why that disappointing remake didn’t take advantage of that (all of his kills were claw based, and the character had no imagination or personality in that film).

        • Khy

          Mainly because Nightmare ’10 had no heart or true effort put into it. They hired a “yes man” director who had done nothing but music videos, wrote an unimaginative screenplay that played like nothing but a “Freddy’s greatest hits” bargain bin fan fic, then nabbed a bunch of pretty actors who shared no chemistry with one another(Though Kyle Gallner and Katie Cassidy were good).

          Hopefully they have taken not from things like The Conjuring(the crooked man really put me in the mind of Freddy) and now IT and attempt to turn Nightmare into an “event” horror film as well rather than a cheap cash grab.

          • The Drucifer

            Nightmare 2010 felt like the most cynical attempt at filmmaking ever made.

          • Sadly, most of the reboots that come from Platinum Dunes are the exact same way as their Elm Street reboot. The only two ideas that studio seems to have are “Let’s do a boring retread of the original films without any creativity” or “Let’s do an origin movie without any decent ideas”.

            The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) – The only good horror remake they have made

            The Amityville Horror (2005) – Retread of the original

            Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) – A dull, unimaginative prequel

            The Hitcher (2007) – Haven’t cared enough to watch it; with the rest of their films, why bother?

            Friday the 13th (2009) – Retreads the events of the first four films in a modern setting; with a Pseudo-Jason that acts and kills nothing like Jason. He steals kerosene, grows weed (seemingly to attract victims, despite “wanting to be left alone”), takes prisoners, let’s locals live, shoots bows-and-arrows, slowly tortures people and sets bear traps to keep others from saving them, ETC. He’s basically Jason-in-name-only.

            Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) – Exactly what Khy said

            Friday the 13th (cancelled, 2017) – An origin story that no one asked for, or wanted. Aaron Guzikowski’s script has leaked online, and it was indeed horrible. Let’s just say, if you hated the “updates” given in Jason Goes to Hell, you would’ve hated this film.

          • The Drucifer

            I forgot about The Hitcher…I didn’t bother with it either. Platinum Dunes outside of TCM and the first 20 minutes of Friday could never do anything right. You could practically see them checking off the bullet points given to them by the focus testers.

    • zombie84_41

      Well we know the universal monsters universe is going to be shit already cus that mummy movie with cruise was garbage.

      • Michael Howell

        should’ve just been a monster movie about scientology starring tom cruise.

      • J Jett

        thanx god we have THE SHAPE OF WATER coming out soon (which is basically, according to early reviews, is an excellent Creature of the Black Lagoon-ish movie). i can’t wait for that film!

        • zombie84_41

          Yeah Del toro was inspired by the creature and had this movie in his head since he was 6 he said. So I’m glad he got to finally make it. he gave up his cut of pay to make the movie how he wanted. Now thats a fucking director. We got MOTHER, The shape of water, 2017 was the best fucking year for horror.

      • That’s why I hope they start from scratch and do it right this time. Enough with the safe “action hero” garbage that the Universal Monsters never were, you know? These are horror characters and the original Monsters films were actually controversial for their time.

        • zombie84_41

          You and me both but they already tried it 3 times LOL each time they fucked up more and more. Which I honestly don’t know how they can. Its truly not that hard to make a good monster movie.

  • karadur

    Have you considered adjusted inflation. For example Avatar is best selling movie of all time without inflation adjusted. If you account for it then Gone with the wind is number one and Avatar is ranked 15. The average price of the movie ticket was 39 cents in 1939 and $7.50 in 2009.

    • Papa_spoosh

      I think if you adjust for inflation, you might as well find a way to adjust for illegal downloads and the percentage of people willing to wait a short period of time to watch at home. The home video market vs what it was before… etc. Times aren’t what they were before so I take the numbers at face value

  • jasonlives1986

    Just an fyi, a mother and her two kids under 10 sat next to me and I could hear a kid as young as 6 in the front row talking through the whole movie.

    Maybe parents are just too dumb to know it was a R movie or really just didn’t care.

    • Khy

      I don’t really have an issue with parents bringing their kids to see this(My parents took me to see Scream for crying out loud) as much as I have an issue with them bringing their kids who they know won’t shut the fuck up. In that case, stay the hell home.

      • jasonlives1986

        I have zero problem with it. Not my business.

        I just meant thst it’s what’s adding to the boxoffice tally. Lots of kids including my nephew wanted to see this and it appears that they are.

    • zombie84_41

      I hate when they do that. That has happen to me. Maybe they couldn’t fine a babysitter in time or IDK. But its so rude. Esp during a horror movie when you want to be scared.

    • Cure4Humanity

      Yeah there was a couple with their kid who was about 7-10 I’d guess. He however was quiet at least. The teens in the theater were obnoxious as shit though. i really loved the film but the audience was pretty bad. I’m probably going to check out another screening when i know it will be empty.

    • Creepshow

      There were two 3 year olds, a 5 year old, and probably a 7 year old in the theater when I went. Every child had a “single” adult guardian.

      There is no pill for “common sense”, and it cannot be taught. Some people are just flat-out retarded.

  • Bart Crowe

    The best part was that “IT” was rated “R” meaning less awful PG-13 horror movies. I agree that Hollywoo shouldn’t rush out and go crazy with big budget horror movies or we’re back to bland under budget PG-13 horror movies.

    • zombie84_41

      I agree with you here, a little. But also R horror could prove that it could be lousy as well. There have been plenty of R horror movies that have been so shitty. And some are even coming out soon. That Friend Request movie looks like shit. Looks like the pulse meets unfriended. But PG-13 horror movies haven’t been good since IDK when, maybe when the first RING remake came out in the 2000’s.

      • Bart Crowe

        True people in the theater were laughing at Friend Request. I heard the people behind us trying to figure out if it was a fake trailer or not.
        There have been good PG-13 horror since The Ring like Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, Room 1408, and the Insidious movies to name a few. The problem is most PG-13 movies feel like they aren’t made to accommodate the rating but instead feel like R rated movies that have been edited down to make it PG-13.

        • zombie84_41

          Oh yeah I forgot about drag me to hell, 1408, and insidious. Those movies were boarder line R I like when PG-13 movies are like that. Not when the studios dumb found them to pretweens. Like its annoying and makes the general audience feel stupid.

  • Jerome Radosh

    Too bad the Conjuring franchise got hit with that big lawsuit. If they lose that the franchise will be finished. I liked the first two I have not seen the spin offs yet. But it would be a shame if all that came to such an end.
    The IT film was very good. They better make the second half asap!

    • Michael Howell

      since when did it get hit with a lawsuit and why? i was wondering why a third script hadn’t been in the works yet

      • Jerome Radosh

        I remember reading about the lawsuit having to do with the films infringing on a book written about the Warens. And that author had a deal where the stories could not be used as a basis for a film or fictional story. Or something to that affect. The lawsuit is for something like $900 million. Basically all the money they made so far. But perhaps it was thrown out.

    • Khy

      I wouldn’t worry about that lawsuit at all. You probably won’t hear much else about it because WB might just pay the defendant off or devise an arrangement. They’ve faced things like this before.

  • zombie84_41

    I’m so happy IT is killing it at the box office. I was thinking today it kind of sucks we won’t see more IT movies with these kid actors they did so damn fantastic I sort of want a NETFLIX tv show in vein like Stranger Things. Just because they were so good together. This year was a huge win for HORROR. And hey we still got MOTHER, which looks insane too. Here’s hoping that will be dope.

    • Khy

      The director said Part 2 will have flashbacks of the kids, so I think they’ll definitely bring them back in some capacity for said flashbacks. I doubt it’ll just be only stuff from this movie but all new scenes that we didn’t see. That said, they better get started fast because some of the kids have already had growth spurts the year between filming and release- I can’t imagine how many more they’ll have by September 2019. Unless those flashbacks will consist of showing us what happened to them a little bit after the first battle with Pennywise. The start of high school, getting ready to leave town, forgetting ect.

  • zombie84_41

    Yeah bro. That scene was insane. I was like WTF when I was watching it. I don’t remember that in the old one. I have to rewatch the old one. Maybe tonite I will.

    • Necro

      There wasn’t anything close to that in the mini-series, I mean they showed Curry opening his mouth really wide with his nasty teeth, but nothing beyond that. Also you mentioned that movie ‘Mother’, that looks fucking twisted! I hope so anyway, cuz I didn’t like Aronofsky’s last film ‘Black Swan’ (IMO), so I hope he brings it with this one.

      • zombie84_41

        If the review I read on JOBLO is any indication of what to expect from Mother we are in for a wonder surprise. They said it is really fucked up and that the last hour gets so intense. I loveeeeee Aronofsky alot every movie the man makes is a classic. My personal fav is The Fountain, a highly underrated film.

        • Necro

          I hope so! It looks so disturbing! The only film I haven’t seen is ‘The Fountain’.

          • zombie84_41

            WHAT! You have not yet seen The Fountain. That movie is a must see, you might not like it because it is a very hard movie to understand, and alot of people put it down for that reason. Its not something you put on and chat with friends with it playing in the background. But once you see it and get it, it’ll forever change your life. Also it always makes me cry. Plus you get a score from MOGAWI (back when they were good) And Clint Mansell, so that a huge fuck yeah. (PS… you should watch the movie SUNSHINE too that a fantastic movie by danny boyle another underrated director, next to del torro.)

          • Necro

            It’s cool I usually watch movies by myself so I’ll check it out and let you know.

          • zombie84_41

            lol likewise

  • J Jett

    so that’s what Pennywise’s teeth look like!! what is that pic (above) from? his teeth looks awesome/gnarly!

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      The projector scene.

  • C-3PO’s

    Points to the one review (not here) that compared It to a vagina dentata.

  • IWC-3PO

    That toothy photo confirms that “It” is a prequel to “Venom”. Obviously the symbiote merges with a circus clown before it meets up with Eddie Brock….

  • Khy

    Since this one has done swimmingly and all we have left is “Chapter 2″…Can they try to shoot for 3 hours with part 2? It’s the conclusion after all!

    • Michael Howell

      they might as well, though, audiences typically don’t like to sit through more than two hours without it being tedious

      • Khy

        Yeah that’s always the problem. “Blah it was too long!” but It’s a risk worth taking in my opinion.

        • Michael Howell

          make it 6 hours for all i care. can we say extended directors cut bluray?

        • The Drucifer

          It needed an extra 15-20 minutes. I want more of the losers hanging out being kids.

          • Michael Howell

            personally, i think that would’ve slowed down the pace of the film. like we get it, they’re buddies….give pennywise as much screen time possible

          • The Drucifer

            The pacing was almost too quick. Dread had no time to marinate.

          • The Drucifer

            It really need the development for Bowers and his gang. They really served no purpose in grand scheme of things. I wanted to see more of the losers home life. I really just wanted more movie it’s a world I love. I think it says a lot about the film that I just wanted more.

          • Khy

            I think this is where an episodic series would really shine. And I don’t mean like the two part miniseries. I heard the miniseries was originally planned as 12 hours, then 8, then 6, and then the network whittled it down to just 3 hours.
            That said a 12 -14 episode season revolving around the kids I think would satisfy a lot of people who wanted more out of both adaptations when it comes to spending time with the kids just being kids.

          • The Drucifer

            I commend what they were able to stuff into an admittedly lengthy(for a horror) film. They did a lot with background story telling and had a nice shorthand in terms of getting points across.

            IT is a book that demands room to breathe and honestly I think they preformed a minor miracle. I hated losing Mike(my favorite character) to a short running time. Mike and the Bowers Gang lost almost everything in this film to the point the nerd in me wishes they were just cut.

          • Khy

            Mike especially was painful for me. My only hope is that he gets done the justice he deserves in part 2. Even if he does, I still kinda feel bad about Chosen Jacobs not getting any real shine. Mike is so much more than a token- he’s the reason they even come back to defeat IT- he chose to stay in Derry and keep the candle in the window so the others find their way home. I really hope they respect that in 2 at least.

          • The Drucifer

            This 100%! biggest flaw in the film.

        • boxcar182

          I only complain of a movie being to long if the movie has bad pacing. IT went by quickly for me because i was never bored but always entertained. I could have gone another hour.

          • Khy

            This is exactly why IT part 2 could easily hit 3 hours and I doubt anyone would complain, especially if they keep the pacing tight, the story building, and the action going just like they did with this. Plus, people will already be going in with the mindset of this being the final battle, so why not indulge a little? Fingers crossed.

          • boxcar182

            I totally agree! Hell, give me 4 hours! But give me an intermission at hour 2 haha

          • Khy

            LOL Tmi- but I had to go to the washroom when the movie started but did not get up out of my seat once because I did not want to miss anything. Eventually I blocked it out of my mind. I waited over a decade for this project to finally hit theaters, I can wait a few hours to pee lol
            But yes, intermission if needed, please haha.

  • Matthew

    The movie was nearly perfect from a narrative/acting perspective. BUT for Christ’s sake, tone down the CG. Either try to use practical effects, or consider the Hitchcock rule and refrain from constantly showing the monster. The final few seconds of the Georgie / storm drain sequence were nearly ruined with the CG overload.

    • Jay Brezzy

      There were a fair amount of practical effects….Not 100% obviously. It’s no longer 1983 man…This is where things are. Director’s vision can actually be recognized now with cg sometimes…Other times it’s lazy. The CG wasn’t lazy. I say this while I’m sitting here drawing the small demon’s from The Gate… wanting to sculpt this in clay….So I’m a fan of practical over CG.

      • Khy

        I thought the CGI was good. There’s no way to demonstrate the over the top and unlimited powers of Pennywise without it. I loved seeing IT change on a whim or just with the snap of a finger and all the crazy cgi just demonstrated how hilariously insane(in a good way) it all was. Very chaotic. If there was one film to go overboard with CGI it’s IT. They can finally do all the crazy gags King wrote 31 years ago and I’m happy they are taking advantage of it.

        • Jay Brezzy

          100% agree with this. It would be like having a blob movie… without CGI….Yeah no. Certain times it’s needed. People are acting as if this is Star Wars: Episode 2, where 90% of everything you saw was CG. This was a great fusion of the two crafts. The deseased leper was great use of lots of practical. Pennywise emerging from the fridge was a great use of CG. I’ve heard so many people saying, ” just use a contortionist ” lol. You just can’t please everyone I guess.

          • Matthew

            Here’s the thing, though. SPOILERS….I felt the Georgie scene in particular was problematic. Great set up, great tension, excellent voice and facial expressions by Skarsgard. Then we get the teeth, the shot of poorly rendered armless Georgie crawling away, and then he gets sucked into a storm drain he’s likely 3x too large to fit through so effortlessly. I applaud the fact a child gets maimed in the opening scene. But the rubbery, weightless digital over the top obviousness of it all snapped me out of an otherwise gripping sequence. In the book Georgie died t disappear. He’s found bleeding and dead by neighbors who carry his bloody body back to his hysterical mother. I think that would’ve been an even more horrific end to that sequence.

          • Matthew

            After Pennywise emerged from the fridge, and started taunting Eddie — that was my favorite scene. I loved how he played that scene with a kind of maniacal whimsy. It was very unsettling but it was all in skarsgard’s delivery – not the effects. I LOVED the movie, I just felt some of the biggest scares could have been executed better from a technical standpoint.

          • boxcar182

            There’s a lot of things from this movie that aren’t in the book IT. Don’t watch it thinking you’re getting a page by page reflection on the big screen, it’s an adaptation.

            I liked the change up of Georgie being taken away in the sewer drain. I agree though that it would’ve been disturbing seeing Georgie dragged into the drain and get stuck and have pennywise viciously pulling him down.

          • Sky Ferreira

            Hmm, there were some instances where I noticed the CGI was a little off, but it never stole my attention or took me out of the film, it was more of a fleeting glance. Overall, I thought the effects, both practical and CGI, were very effective, especially the body mangling sequences where Pennywise is twisting and contorting. Made my skin crawl.

            As boxcar182 said, seeing Georgie forcefully ripped through a small gutter would have been so brutal. I guess we can’t have it all. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • boxcar182

            Pennywise contorting and just moving in an unnatural way was really well done I thought. The scene in the basement (“you’ll float too…you’ll float too”) was really well done and super intense.

            I want to go see the movie again now haha.

          • Grimphantom

            Yeah i do agree on that with that scene, i think they should’ve gave it more time of how Pennywise was changing also would’ve loved that the arm was tearing off along with the kid screaming like hell, i felt his scream was a bit tone down, not his fault but i think his reaction of getting his arm ripped off should’ve been more screaming in agony.

            Honestly, i like it more that they didn’t find out what happen to the boy, kinda gives the suspension on what truly happened to him.

  • Sky Ferreira

    Legend snapped!

    • sliceanddice

      I’m still really worried you’re actually Sky Ferreira…? Whether you are or whether you are not it is still worth noting that you are a hero of mine. However, if your really a dude called Roy or some shit… your probably still a hero anyway.

  • guest

    just imagine- the pennywise prequel-
    and his parents spinoffs!
    and his siblings spinoffs!
    $$$$$!!!!!!!

    • Khy

      Pennywise Vs Annabelle Vs The Crooked Man Vs The Nun
      October 2020. Get ready.

      • guest

        $$$$$!!!!!!1

        victor crowley says 🙁

    • EmPleH

      I need to know how his childhood was! Did he come from a redneck family? Was he abused as a kid? Was his mother an exotic dancer? Was he picked on in school? What about his grandparents? I need answers!!!

      • vee

        pennywise is not human..he is other worldly . A demonic entity.

      • Dylan Gutierrez

        Rob Zombie, is that you?

  • Steve

    Brakes vs breaks. Look it up!

  • MODOK

    Now just think of how much more it would’ve made if not for Hurricane Irma. I doubt too many people in Florida and the rest of the Southeast were able to see a movie this weekend.

  • Jay Bennett

    After watching it last night, my only main critique was repetitive scares (which was predicted) and the CGI was not very good at all. Other than those its a pretty solid movie!

    • boxcar182

      The CGI was a little shoddy but I would argue that it kinda made the scenes more….off. In a creepy way.

      When Pennywise shows up to Eddie by the house. They way he was moving was disturbing.

      • Jay Bennett

        Ah that was fine, I was thinking when he burst out the projector screen.

        • Trav

          The burst out of the projector screen part was the best part of the movie for me. The previews didn’t give it away, and I really wasn’t expecting it. The scares really did get me, and while they did use a lot of CGI, it was good enough to where it really didn’t bother me that much. Overall, while I didn’t see Get Out or Anabelle: Creation, this might have been the scariest movie of the year for me, and it really lived up to the hype. I look forward to see what Chapter 2 brings!

    • Mr. Meeseeks

      It was cartoonish, but forgivable.

  • J Jett

    HELP/QUESTION…….any idea where that picture above showing Pennywise’s teeth is from? i don’t remember seeing that in any of the trailers or tv spots.

    • Caterpillar

      You are correct that it’s not shown in any of the trailers. It’s from the slide show sequence. To say more would be to spoil what was, for me, the scariest moment in the film.

      • J Jett

        thanx Caterpillar! 🙂

    • Khy

      Go see the movie! Come float with us, damnit!

  • YAY!!!

  • Tyree

    I see a lot of peeps on here discussing teens talking through the movie. Good thing my brother and I are seeing this in the morning when the kids are at school.

    PS: You’ll float, too…

    • Khy

      I went at 10:40 am lol

    • I saw it with a bunch of teens yapping and one fight broke out at one point! My local drive in is showing it so I might need to go back and see it again there.

  • sliceanddice

    “I’m not a fan of box office reporting ” FOR FUCK SAKE! you are so full of shit! Recently, its all you fucking talk about!
    Otherwise, yup. this is nice. saw it today. it was fun. not scary at all, but it didn’t need to be. nice gateway horror film with a solid central performances and a monster i just wanted to see more of.

  • boxcar182

    I had soooo much fun watching this movie. The scares were great, pennywise was goofy yet terrifying and the kids chemistry was stellar and hilarious. I was never bored, the 2+ hours went so quick but I loved every second of it. Bring on Chapter 2!

    • Necro

      Yep!

  • Ocelot006 .

    “I’m not a fan of box office reporting”……..Brad, meet Brad. He disagrees with you.

  • BreeBennett

    This is amazing, we are living in another horror era and its revival. It started slow in 2013/2014 and now it’s reaching its peak. Horror was never so mainstream like this and it’s so good that our beloved genre is getting out of the underdog status.

    • scream4ever

      It’s always 18 year increments (Psycho in 1960, Halloween in 1978, Scream in 1996, and in 2014).

      • BreeBennett

        OMG!! So true.

  • I haven’t seen the movie because will be released next Thursday in Portugal, however even if I will hate IT, I will be happy about its success because it’s a huge and successful step to the rated R and horror movies.
    I hope Hollywood doesn’t be afraid to produce more rated R films.

    • Necro

      Trust me Pedro, you won’t hate ‘IT’! Trust me! If at the very least just read the comments in here.

    • Khy

      Pedro, if you come with us, you’ll float too!

  • dukeblues

    Haven’t seen it yet but I suspect people enjoy horror movies that are not cheap, teen only movies.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Oh no…this film is amazing. You should for sure see IT

  • Khy

    *Starts singing in my Reverend Jackson Sayer Halloween 4 voice* “Oh we’ll gather at the rivvveeeer, the beautiful, beautiful, rivvvveeerrr…”

  • Bloodspatta

    Amazing news and so well deserved. I’ve sen it twice.

  • Cue the forced book sequel that bigwigs will ransom from King somehow, and the never ending string of semi-sequels, prequels, and spin-offs. The only possible good thing I see coming from this is maybe a video game.

    • Richard Hawes

      Better get a Red Dead Redemption style Dark Tower game before a Losers Club game come on

    • Travis_Bickle

      Uhh….you didn’t read the book did you?

      • Uhh… yeah, I did. In fifth grade after watching the miniseries. Are you new to the world of terrible, money hungry Hollywood?

        • Travis_Bickle

          The sequel is going to be out in 2019, two years from now. This is not some cash grab Saw movie. This movie was technically the second half of the book.

          • That’s not a sequel; that’s the second half. I’m referring to a whole new book sequel.

          • Lee W Dalgleish

            No one will force King to write a sequel to the book. He has no intention/interest in doing so. It wouldn’t work to continue with another IT book.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Oh god, they’re not going to do that. This isn’t like Annabelle where the source material is so broad you can make up characters.

    • Jada Maes

      He’s already said he won’t write about Pennywise again, and I doubt the King is in any position in life where he can be forced to do anything he doesn’t want. Two flicks, that’s it. And hopefully people finally realize you just need to stick to the material.

      • Here’s hoping, but I never underestimate the sheer power of the ignorant majority.

        • Jada Maes

          There’s plenty of other King adaptations coming (the one I lust for is The Overlook Hotel). The studios will be busy enough if this turns trendy.

          • KSE1977

            Somebody optioned Dr. Sleep, so I imagine that will eventually come out.

          • Jada Maes

            Yes pleez, gimme the True Knot 🙂

  • Grimphantom

    Hope with this, studios try to learn from this that people want R-rated horror movies, we don’t care if they don’t show gore just a few decent amount but having a horror as PG13 they don’t give much creativity for the writers and directors to come up with a scene that does need to be gory.

    Also hope this open their eyes, especially Universal and Netflix since both The Mummy and Death Note turned out like crap where one tried to be all action and less focus on the horror and we have another one that it’s R-rated but it was more of a pile of teen drama crap than having a mystery and scary scenes with beings that we never knew existed.

  • Kaijudude

    These are all good points, but hopefully other studios take a good , hard look at what made this movie a success , rather than just using the cookie cutter and expecting the same results, because that’s EXACTLY how you derail success .

    Oh and not to be an asshole , but brakes Brad , brakes.

  • Ima Badlady

    Still debating whether or not to see this.

    • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

      Oooh, you simply MUST give us an update on this riveting personal drama of yours, we’re all half dying with anticipation! Fuck the film, THIS is were the tension is at!

      • Ima Badlady

        That is the art of the cliffhanger my dude.

    • Creepshow

      Go see IT. Great film.

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    Deserves it and bodes well for the future of horror.

  • Travis_Bickle

    This is one of the best horror films I have seen in 10 years. Simply amazing. Please go see IT.

    • Creepshow

      Yup, it was good stuff. I find it hard to complain about the CGI, when most of what that characters saw, wasn’t real anyways (or was it?). For me, it made it more freaky.

      • There were a couple moments I felt they could have done without (namely his dancing). Otherwise the CGI was never distracting.

        • CR

          Yeah, his jig dancing was unintentionally hilarious.

          • Brian McNatt

            Are we sure that was unintentional?

  • Pf Mahan

    I heard reviews say it’s more of a comedy, sounds like watered down hollywood crap

    • Creepshow

      It’s your choice to believe that shit. But you’ll miss out.

      • Right. The moment I saw (SPOILERS)


        Little Georgie crawling across the pavement with a gushing bloody stump I said aloud “Oh my god!” I realized right then this wasn’t some watered down, cookie cutter Hollywood crap. I strapped in for the ride right then.

        • Meatwad

          I feel the same way! This movie, even albeit,… another remake. Hit all the marks and got rid of all the crap of the original! Don’t get me wrong the original holds a ‘special place’ in horror, but this is sooooo much better!

          Haters go ahead and hate, but IT was good and its going to breathe life into this genre we all love!

          • KSE1977

            This movie was not a remake. It was a feature film adaptation of a book. The original adaptation was a TV series. People don’t call the TV miniseries of the Shining a remake of Kubrick’s the Shining movie. The two had surprisingly little in common for being the same story. Remake suggests that they were remaking the TV mini series, which outside of some broad strokes, these are different movies taking place in different eras, one featuring the past and present version of the characters and the other only the past.

          • Meatwad

            Good point. I stand corrected.

        • Travis_Bickle

          That scene was no joke. I wasn’t sure how they were going to approach it but dang…go big!

    • Jios

      It is amazing how people are getting excited about safe Hollywood popcorn horror.

      The real problem with contemporary horror is the lack of innovation in the independent releases.

      Hollywood almost always tends towards convention.

      • KSE1977

        Safe, R rated Hollywood popcorn horror? Kids being killed, violence everywhere, sexual assault, child rape, carving letter’s on a fat kid’s stomach? Yep typical safe Hollywood fare.

    • Jack Walters

      No, it’s actually good. Check it out. First Hollywood movie I’ve cared for in quite a few years.

    • Brian McNatt

      In the original novel, Bill and Richie manage to briefly incapacitate IT with a fake Irish accent and sneezing powder. If you think including elements of comedy in this is watering it down, I’m not sure you read the right book.

    • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

      It’s entertaining enough, but I don’t know what fuckin movie these people saw… it is very much recycled generic Hollywood horror in tone, only based on a better story than usual (though it messes that up a bit at times).

      And yes, it plays up the comedy angle a lot. Some of it works, but sometimes… there’s one stupid little part towards the end where I literally heard the theater groan in unison.

      Overall, a mixed bag. Don’t go in expecting a thoughtful movie, more like the horror equivalent of Transformers.

  • clive

    Loved IT. The kid cast was perfect, Horror and cinema needed this, and they got it. Go see this movie. Really really enjoyable.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Hopefully this will get New Line to jump on making an actual good Nightmare On Elm Street reboot.

    • Doubtful.

    • I was thinking the same thing. I won’t be surprised if we get an announcement in the next month or so. New Line has been ramping up with The Conjuring-verse and now this. It makes since for them to exploit their other popular IP.

      • Ocelot006 .

        And if I recall correctly, doesn’t WB/NL get the rights back to Friday The 13th in January? Plenty of 80s nostalgia to mine there.

        • Mark

          They won’t get them back if a movie is made…or I should say…starts production before and while it’s been in trouble I’m pretty sure to keep the rights they would just throw a movie together

        • You are correct, assuming the F13 legal issue gets promptly swept under the rug.

          • Ocelot006 .

            ‘Hey there Victor. We got a couple mil left over from It. Take it and shut the fuck up for forever. Get yourself a decent sized tombstone.’

            Problem solved.

    • Adam Clifton

      Exactly what I was thinking. Only get a competent director that knows what he’s doing. Not just someone who wants to get in good favour with Michael Bay.

  • llcc1103

    Cliche Loud music, Loud jump scares, CGI overload. Studio watered down hack job nonsense. This is all the marketing. Thats all they have. I just personally thought this movie was nothing special. How many times does Pennywise have to CGI jerk and run? God so many things that could have been better. Oh well I guess im alone in this thinking haha

    • Andy James

      Not alone, I agree!

  • Tom Beavin

    I have never read any of the books and, until now, I’d only seen 2 of the movies; 1 was the NBC tv broadcast of IT in 1990, and the other was The Night Flyer on dvd. Even with all the scary scenes from every movie I had ever seen, combined with all of Hollywood’s finest, Japan’s largest, and all CGI 8-legged or slithering freaks, I would still not be prepared for what I saw on the very big screen. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a 37 year old man and I am absolutely terrified of Stephen King’s IT. But, on an upside, I think this is as good a movie experience as it was when I went to see Power Rangers with my bosses. And if people have any doubts as to the quality of this movie, take a look at the box office figures because the numbers don’t lie.

  • Jason Revelation

    Just wasted $8 seeing It. An unimaginative, predictable, carbon copy of the original, which was much better. Tim Curry played Pennywise best and they should have brought him back for this one. Instaid you get second rate CGI and the fakest fake blood I’ve seen in quite some time. The dialogue between the teens is worse than 30 year old construction workers. I never cussed like that when I was that age nor heard anyone else talk like that. Worst of all, at my theater, I saw at least half a dozen ‘parents’ with children under 10 years old; the youngest looked to be about 6 or 7. At an R rated horror flick. The hell is wrong with you?

    • Pete K.

      You are in the overwhelming minority with your opinion.

      • Jason Revelation

        And proud of it, because I’m not a sheep. You keyboard warriors are all in a huff because someone doesn’t like it but aren’t pissed off that people are taking young children to watch it. That’s what you should really be outraged at.

        • Ever thought that people collectively like something because it’s good? Not everything with a popular opinion is just people following trend. Agreed about the children though.

        • KSE1977

          Brother you need some anger management or something. Not sure why people disagreeing with you are unimaginative, keyboard warrior sheep, but generally the person throwing out insults is generally what they are flinging at others.

    • oreochips21

      Calm down dude!!! Dang. I guess you were the type that stayed inside your house.

      • Jason Revelation

        Quite the opposite. It appears it’s the shut-ins who never get out love this kind of cookie cutter drivel.

    • Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but it’s funny how most of the negative reviews I’ve read are like this one. EVERYTHING IS SHIT. TERRIBLE MOVIE. BURN IT WITH FIRE. Considering the overwhelming positive response there must’ve been a single thing about it that you didn’t completely detest?

      • Jason Revelation

        Never said burn it. Your words. Like I said, completely predictable hollywood staleness.

        • I know you didn’t say it literally, I just mean that the negative reviews seem to be overly negative as if almost for the sake of being negative. Just an observation, I’m not here to try and tell you that you have to enjoy every movie you see

          • Mark

            So someone can’t be overly negative but it’s all over for people to be over the top praising a movie lol specially when in reality it’s a bog standard horror movie…it only looks so good because the past 10 years most horror has been bland shit

          • Same goes for people going batshit mental about it as though it’s perfect, but most of the positive reviews I’ve seen have got criticisms too. It’s mostly the negative ones that are too exaggerated.

            I wouldn’t say it looks bog standard at all. Your comment is just another example really.

    • Oni

      Tim Curry? How, exactly, do you want Pennywise to scare children in a wheelchair with only half a moving face?

      And that isn’t even the dumbest opinion you had.

      FYI Both Stephen King AND Tim Curry praise this movie and criticize the original.

      “TV is a hurry-up medium, and the budget is a little bit on the low side . . . and in the 80s, there were a lot of things you can’t do on TV. You weren’t supposed to show children in jeopardy on TV, and that’s what It’s all about.” -Stephen King

      “I hated the ending when I turned into a stupid, unconvincing spider.” -Tim Curry

      • Jason Revelation

        It’s called imagination; something you and everyone else who eats this garbage up are painfully are devoid of.

        • KSE1977

          Lol insulting people? So now if people like a movie you hated, it is somehow them who are wrong? I would say given how many more liked it than not, by your logic, would suggest that it is not them, but you.

    • James

      Tim Curry was good for the show but he was nothing like the book at all.

      • Jason Revelation

        The book is always the best version of just about any movie that’s based off it. Most people don’t read anymore anyways so…

        • Lee W Dalgleish

          Most people don’t read? Really? lol
          I’m on my 20th book of the year so far 😉

          • KSE1977

            Not bad. Also, not to mention statistics are showing a trend of people starting to read more books, versus a few years ago. Still plenty of us avid readers out there

          • Lee W Dalgleish

            I’m aiming for 30. That’s the target on my Good Reads app. I’d have read more than 20 so far if it wasn’t for The Stand & Tommyknockers. I do love a good book. At the moment I am reading Ready Player One.

          • Jason Revelation

            Yes, most people don’t anymore. Kudos to you for not being like the rest.

    • MrBoo

      Ooo girl, calm yourself!

      • Jason Revelation

        lol nice avatar

        • MrBoo

          Thanks honey.

    • KSE1977

      I will bit. In what was the movie a carbon copy of the TV series? No adult versions of the characters, no werewolf to be seen and the characters by an large got some time to develop. Not to mention stuff that was added and not in the book. I get you don’t like it and consider it highly overhyped, but give me a break. Also, the kid’s dialogue was more in line with what Stephen King wrote, as was much of the movie.

      • Q.

        Tim Curry is an elderly man who had a stroke and is in a wheelchair… hardly menacing and probably good they didn’t bring him back for this one. If you thought there was too much use of CGI as is, trying to make Curry a menace would have put you over the edge.

      • Jason Revelation

        Not the TV series, but the original movie. I found it difficult to be scared when I knew exactly what was coming. I had honestly hoped they would have added on to the story, like when the kids were grown up and had to come back after 27 years. No new plots anymore, just rehashes of originals. kinda sad.

        • Bouncy X

          there is no tv series and original movie….the “original movie” with Tim Curry was a two part tv movie that aired on television in 1990 and was eventually released on dvd and blu-ray. the dvd (least the original release) has it in two parts as it aired but i recently got the blu-ray and they edited it together as one 3hr movie on that release.

          as for showing the kids grownup…. that’s what the 2nd movie will be. i personally don’t get why they didn’t make it all in one shot and waited like this but the 2nd half of the story will come and be told in the next one.

          as for rehashing the original….they’re both based on the same book so as different as one might be to the other, its inevitable they’ll redo some of the same scenes/sequences.

    • SutterKane

      I don’t know where you grew up but by the time I was 12 in Philadelphia I was speaking at a pretty profane, drunken sailor level, as was just about everyone else around me.

  • Luca Vasto

    I adore the old tv movie and i can’t wait for this theatrical remake 😉

    PENNYWISE FOR PRESIDENT

    • Adam Clifton

      I thought you already have a clown for president

      • Luca Vasto

        sorry adam im italian and trust me, maybe Trump is not the best president ever, but compared to italian politicians Trump is a MASTER

  • Lee W Dalgleish

    I saw the film last night and absolutely loved it!. Bill as Pennywise is fantastic. He does something so completely different to Tim. He’s more creepy and unearthly. The film is more creepy & graphic than scary but the jump scares are good.
    The kids are wonderful. They work really well together and their relationship together is perfect. I was a bit unsure about a couple of tweaks for the film like the fate of Patrick Hocksetter and a couple of the things that IT presented itself as to the kids but it still worked really well as a film. I look forward to the second part. I am left wondering about how the fate of a couple of characters will affect part 2 though.

  • Mark

    The movie was good BUT it’s well overhyped, people are going well overboard with the praise.

    It was nothing special, I think it’s because last 10 years we have had either the same movie over and over again or movies that are just about gore so it’s a change to have a movie that is not like that. I also find it hilarious that there is a site like bloody and the people on it who bitch and fucking moan about horror movies using CGI and how all horror should be practical effects but don’t care about the horrid looking and fake looking CGI in this movie

    Your all dumb fucks

    • llcc1103

      It blows my mind. I couldnt BELIEVE how bad some of the CGI was. I turned to my friend so many times confused that they actually had cgi this bad. Muschetti is a hack

      • S.

        $35 million dollar budget.

    • Rick-Taylor

      The way you wrote that last sentence kinda makes you a hypocrite. Might wanna re-check that.

    • J Jett

      Mark….it’s “YOU’RE”, not “your”. so who’s the “dumb fuck” again?

    • Necro

      Blah blah blah blah

    • SutterKane

      When insulting the intelligence of people simply because they liked a film you didn’t, the least you could do is use proper grammar.

  • Rick-Taylor

    I am not a Stephen King fan. I feel many negative imitations of him tend to be spot on. Anyway, I saw this movie and really liked it. It did have a big 1980’s feel and I was around the same age at that time. Yeah, I do have some negatives for it; the bad CGI, that montage scene, some children movie tropes, the kid playing Street Fighter 1 on the 2nd player side and it shows him as Ryu. But, chilling out and not looking at it with a microscope, it was fun. People well versed in horror movies won’t find it scary (nothing of King’s is scary), but more entertaining and comical. I’m sure people who are scared of clowns or things that are askew will be horrified.

    • Bouncy X

      regarding Street Fighter….haven’t seen the real machine in real life since back in the day but didn’t those have a coin slot for each player meaning you could play from whichever “player” you wanted and still be player 1 if you were playing alone?

      or was that only for the 3-4 player machines?

      • Rick-Taylor

        Street Fighter 1 operated on a character select by which side you played on. 1 player side was Ryu, 2 player side was Ken.

  • Shay Lauderdale

    I also just recently watched the Mummy. That movie would have been better if It came out before the Mummy did. They would have made a much better Mummy movie on a smaller budget & to have scaled it back some as well. Because there were some good parts in that film that where buried alive in CGI & WAY to much action…….If they do get to continue the Dark Universe with more monsters, then a focus on the horror & the heart of the story will help that franchise out……

  • Pf Mahan

    I just wish we could do horror with real dread and darkness, when you put humor in it, it weakens it and makes it feel safe, the Trailer to It was very effective, I just knew it was gonna blow though,I am sure the next one will not be as profitable as this one, I believe people were fooled by a very clever marketing strategy. Please notice how often I used the word It. jeje

    • boxcar182

      You have to look at it from the perspective of the kids. They were a tight group who teased each other and goofed off. Even the book wasn’t really a straight up horror novel. It was drama with horror elements. They’re at that awkward adolescence stage that are dealing with a very terrifying thing. And when that terrifying thing was on screen, it scared them. It was mainly when they were together they were cracking jokes and poking fun at each other.

  • steadymobb

    This film needed MORE Pennywise! We get an awesome intro w/ dialogue in the first 5 minutes and then that’s about it. The rest of the film we just see him jumping towards the camera with bad blurry CGI effects. Very lame.

    Very questionable CGI

  • The_Gentleman

    If you didn’t enjoy this movie you are fucking dead inside. It’s big-time, audience pleasing entertainment. There’s certainly a debate to be had as to whether it’s “real horror” (whatever that stupid phrase means) but we had a great, fun time with it. Seriously, some of you guys seem to just fucking hate life. This was a joyous experience.

    • Demetra

      Personally, this movie did not scare me. Actually, most horror films don’t anymore. However, it was extremely entertaining. Probably one of the most entertaining horror films I’ve ever seen. It gets an A from me.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Cosign!

    • Necro

      4.5 out of 5 from me!

    • boxcar182

      I would call this a horror/drama. Even the book was a drama with horror elements. It was a very entertaining film.

      • Satanzilla

        I believe the term is drorror.

        Or Horma.

    • Tor from Yucca Flats

      wish people stop calling it a horror movie. its a family night out drama that happens to have a creepy clown in it.

      • James

        No it’s clearly a horror movie through and through.

  • Travis_Bickle

    The thing I loved the most about this movie…it was a breath of fresh air from the GARBAGE going on in the country right now. No politics or hidden messages, just solid scares, great characters and some quality laughs. It was very refreshing. Now that Trump has managed to infiltrate AHS I needed a break from this world. I will for sure be seeing IT again, asap.

    • Michael Howell

      ryan murphy has clearly ran out of ideas, i mean, this purge/clown thing he has going right now *yawn*

      • Travis_Bickle

        It’s bad, I mean really bad. One episode deep and said NOPE!

        • Satanzilla

          Thought it was solid and much more interesting than say coven or hotel.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Well, that is like comparing a turd…to a turd with cologne sprayed on it. Coven and Hotel are unwatchable, however this season I don’t think should have happened. I think they could have dropped the political message just done horror. It worked for the first two seasons…not sure why they stopped after that.

        • It’s already better than any part of Roanoke (except Kathy Bates).

          • Travis_Bickle

            Roanoke sucked, but at least I didn’t have to see or hear about Trump or politics.

    • SutterKane

      This x’s 100. I am so sick and tired of hearing about Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and everything connected to them. I would gladly sell my soul to the devil if we could fire both of them directly into the sun and have a “Men In Black” type mind eraser of the last 18 months,

      And all the mediocre “Social Commentary” coming from people who couldn’t have held a political conversation with a monkey 2 years ago is one of the worst side effects.

      • You don’t mean people like Jennifer Lawrence do you? she is one of the great thinkers of our times. lol.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Remember all the great demon movies after the Exorcist?…….oops

    Okay remember all the great shark movies after Jaws?….oops again

    Remember all the great horror alien movies after Alien?…..oopsy

    Remember all the great slasher movies after Scream?….dammit

    Remember all the great found footage movies after Blair Witch Project?…..crap

    Remember all the great Japanese horror remakes after the Ring?…..big oops

    Alright remember all the great found footage movies after Paranormal Activity?….uh oh

    Remember all the great R-rated supernatural horror movies after the Conjuring?….yikes

    Hollywood never spawn a confetti of greatness after the success of a horror film. It just leads to bland rip-offs. We are just gonna get a loud Shining remake out It’s success. ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy’ being typed out onto an IMAX screen in the Overlook screening room until a twenty foot axe rips out of the screen.

    • Unknown User

      We live in a different time.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Yeah. Sure we do.

    • SutterKane

      Cynical, but sadly pretty accurate.

      I’ll hold out hope for a few good results though. I read somewhere once that “The Omen” was given the green light as a direct result of “The Exorcist” being a hit. If we can get at least one or two decent budget, quality films to piggy back off of this, I’ll consider it a success.

    • Tor from Yucca Flats

      get ready for bunch of cheap clown knock off films.

      • Ocelot006 .

        More like a bunch more remakes.

      • I’d love to see Asylum do their version of It, haha.

        “It Follows” would’ve been a good choice of title if someone hadn’t already taken it

    • I still have yet to see the film. Just 2 weeks to go before I see it. I like to wait, because if you go when it first airs, the cinema is packed to the max.

      • James

        This is the kind of movie that’s really good to see with a crowd.

    • MyNameIsRichardRoma

      hipsters, smh

      great demon movies after the Exorcist….The Omen

      great alien horror movies after Alien…..Aliens,The Thing, The Hidden

      Scream was a parody so that really doesn’t count.

      great found footage after PA…..Trollhunter, The Sacrament, V/H/S, Afflicted, Willow Creek, Chronicle, Creep, The Tunnel Movie

      great R-rated supernatural horror movies after the Conjuring….R-rated, supernatural, horror, jesus, want to narrow the field down a little more? You forgot “released in July”.

      nice try, though

      • Ocelot006 .

        Is R-rated supernatural horror really narrowing down the field? Supernatural horror is about 90% of the the theatrically released horror films right now. I’ll buy you a pack of gum. Show you how to chew it.

      • James

        So many hipsters complaining about this film.

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  • Satanzilla

    My suspicion is the movie was front loaded and virtually everyone who wanted to see it went the first weekend. Not taking anything away from the big number which is quite an achievement but I don’t think the comparison to Spider-Man is apt.

    Reviews were good but lots of the reviews admitted that the movie wasn’t particularly scary. Sort of like The Witch’s reviews. So I’m also not sure this will lead to lots of big budget horror releases.

    • James

      It’s actually still doing really well this weekend. The IMAX was packed to the brim this weekend so I don’t think it’s having any issues.

      • Satanzilla

        Actually it basically happened as I predicted — the movie is down over 60% this weekend.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    that header image confirms what i thought all along: pennywise the clown is fucking clown shoes.

  • Travis_Bickle

    A horror flick without horror? That’s just a movie

  • Travis_Bickle

    Huh?? The Shining is one of the best horror movies ever made. Perhaps I don’t understand what point you are trying to make.

  • Natebest

    Loved the film. It wasnt scary but the kids were awesome!

    This film might open the door to another freddy remake.

  • Travis_Bickle

    Still trying to get your point….

  • Evan3

    Let’s not forget. This probably only happened due to an almost epic string of no competition. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was the top movie the past two weeks. I went to a movie because my wife and kids were out of town and there was literally no other viable option but It playing.

    The real test will be Chapter 2. I doubt it lucks into another void of competition, so let’s see if the movie converted believers (it converted me into seeing the second one on DVD or streaming, def. not good enough to warrant a theater ticket).

  • Huck42

    Now if we can finally get an HP Lovecraft film made well, and with a high budget…

    • James

      Right? Start a new wave of adaptations of his work. There are so many good stories that could be brought to life on film. It’s criminal that it hasn’t happened already.

      • Huck42

        A dream of mine is an R rated HPL “cinematic universe”. It could culminate with a high budget, mostly animated adaptation of “Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath”

        • James

          As long as we get a good color out of space and haunter of the dark I’m in 🙂

  • James B.

    Hi BD! I do think the recent “Clown Sightings of 2016” had something to do with this. But, this Pennywise sholl looks much darker! That’s for sure. They dicsussed this on the Talk. I think they will redo Clownhouse, make IT 2, and ANOES next.

  • Clyde Gentry III

    Not taking anything away from the source material, but no doubt Stranger Things had a bit of an impact here. I call it a mash-up of ST and Nightmare on Elm Street. And if there had never been an IT book, some would say it was a copy cat of sorts. I didn’t think it was particularly scary, but it had it’s moments, the kids were great, Pennywise was very effective, AND it seemed like an 80s movie to me. It was more cool than anything else, and quite funny in parts. I enjoyed it.

  • The Night King

    This film was not an adaption of the novel, it was inspired by the novel. You can’t leave out eighty percent of the novel, alter many elements, and change the time period and still call it a film adaption of the novel. The director said yesterday that he even plans to make Mike a junkie in part 2.It was basically a collection of scenes from the book strung together with new material to try and make it all make sense in two hours. If people enjoyed IT and it leads to good things for horror then great. Was IT as good as people are saying? In my opinion no. People are just really hungry for something new.

    • marshally

      Majority of the filmgoers never read the novel, and probably more than a few of those hadn’t seen the original made for TV adaptation

      • Satanzilla

        Maybe the novels just not that great, or not very suitable as film material? I for one am glad there was no gang bang of Beverly.

    • Andy James

      Finally! Someone else who’s on the same page. I agree 1000%.

    • PuffPassPuff

      I personally thought that “IT” was a really good movie, not the best, but really good.

  • Mike Lawrence

    Anything that inspires more quality horror flicks to be made is good news.

  • Nelson Libra

    Hi, guys! Can you give me your opinian: why no one din’t say something about bring Stephen King’s Duma Key to the small screen or big screen? It’s a damn great book, an amazing story, so…why not???

  • Rage72

    I want a sequel to The Autopsy of Jane Doe!!!

  • Will Ft. Daft Punk

    I hope this starts a horror trend similarly to Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days later jump starting the Zombie rush.

    • art123guy

      ANYTHING that gets rid of the current paranormal/ghost rut we’ve been subjected to is fine with me. Personally, I long for the return of the creature features.

      • Will Ft. Daft Punk

        I hate those movies too. But they cost like a few grand to make and so studios keep pumping them out.

  • Lord Trigon

    Horror is dead!
    Oh wait…

  • Mike D.

    This may be the spark we need for horror to make a comeback. The industry has been dry.

    • Khy

      Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to reply here haha

  • Travis_Bickle

    Titanic…..that’s your response? Nevermind…you won’t understand. Bye

  • Travis_Bickle

    Yeah..as I said…you didn’t get it.

  • Travis_Bickle

    Bro, your inane..pointless responses are wearing thin. You ramble about absolutely nothing and totally missed my point. I could give a rats ass what you think about the movie. The company that produced this awesome movie has already made back 10 times there investment. They don’t need you.

    Putting out a movie like this shows that this is what the movie going public wants. People are sick of super hero movies and politics they are desperate for something different. This film allows for more like it to be made. Scary, well acted, R rated horror. It’s a breath of fresh air from the garbage they put out this summer. If you don’t understand that…it’s on you….i’m done, lesson over…class dismembered.

    • Satanzilla

      I saw, and liked, the movie. You seem to have so much tied up in this emotionally that you are completely freaking out if anyone says anything about it is less than sheer perfection. I joked about this before but it’s really getting a little sad now. Get out more. Get other things to care about. I mean seriously.

      • Travis_Bickle

        none of that made any sense. please don’t reply

        • Satanzilla

          It’s sad that you’re a typical horror fan loser — immature and obnoxious.

          • Travis_Bickle

            great, stop writing me

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