IT upends horror movie norms.
Conventional wisdom dictates that good horror movies aren’t supposed to show their respective monsters. For example: Jaws rarely shows the shark, The Babadook obscures the Babadook, and the witch barely appears in The Witch, and on the surface, this idea that audience should seldom get a good glimpse of the monster is quite understandable because after all, what could possibly be more frightening than a lurking terror that can’t be seen?
While this notion of adhering to a well established golden rule is admirable (and budget conscious) and a good rule of thumb for new and independent filmmakers, it must be said the actual beings that go bump in the night are themselves visually just as frightening as their phantom counterparts.
I mean, if a grizzly bear approached me, I would be shitting breakfast tacos because grizzly bears are terrifying, and the same can absolutely be said about Pennywise who is cannibalistic shape-shifting murder clown.
He’s fucking scary. Deal with it.
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Well, I’m sufficiently disturbed.
To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to see the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. I was never too fond of the original 1990 tv miniseries that admittedly hasn’t aged well aside from Tim Curry’s excellent performance, and judging by the trailer for the new remake, I thought the new IT was going to be yet another Hollywood movie trying to capitalize on the 80s nostalgia craze and be a flick that only specializes in jump scares.
In essence, I feared IT was going to be SHIT.
But thankfully, IT is actually quite good. In fact, it’s really good. So good in fact that IT joins the lexicon of truly exemplary horror films that have been released since the modern horror renaissance began a few years ago and would make a great double feature with recent horror classics such as The Babadook, It Follows, The Conjuring, Get Out, and so many others.
Yes, it’s really that good.
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