IT’s Horrifying

Jason Winegar ‘21
EE Staff Writer

“It” movie poster.

If you like horror movies then “IT” is the movie for you. Director Andrés Muschietti’s version of the Stephen King novel, “IT” is about the seven teen outcasts Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff). They live in the town of Derry, Maine.

One summer, they are confronted by an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgaͦrd) that comes out of the sewers every twenty-seven years and kidnaps children. Each of them must face their greatest fear in order to find the missing children and stop Pennywise, but will they really be able to defeat this force of evil that has been terrorizing Derry’s children for years?
When the young heroes are not facing this deranged form of evil, they are confronted by bullies, abusive parents, and even a love triangle. The biggest bully they must face is Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton), who scares, beats, and even cuts them.

On the side, Bev needs to face her own problem. She needs to deal with her father (Stephen Bogaert) who sexually harrases her.
Another problem they are challenged with when they are not fighting Pennywise is the cliche love triangle between Bill, Ben, and Bev. Ben and Bev had a connection when talking about a band they both like and they flirt throughout the entire movie, but Bill and Bev have an interesting history that neither of them can get over. Who do you vote for?

Critics have been applauding Muschietti’s work. The New York Times says that “IT,” “…really has outpaced all others,” and that the movie has, “…hair-raising effects.” The New York Times even calls IT himself the “…lethal manifestation of evil of the world.”

“I feel as though the sucess of this major motion picture is due to the months of previous advertisement and the sucess of the original film,” junior Dan Parillo said. “ Although the movie had its share of jump scares throughout and was entertaining to see with friends on a Friday night, it did not live up to the hype portrayed by the media.”

Personally I found the movie to be more comical than most horrors. There were a couple of scenes that made the whole theater ring with the sound of laughter. In addition, I liked how there were many jump scares in the movie, even if you saw them coming. I believe that “IT” is a great movie and a good horror to start with if you have never seen one before.

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