“You’ll float, too. You’ll float, too. YOU’LL FLOAT, TOO!”
Stephen King has been delightfully freaking us out with his penchant for horror stories the last five decades. His 1986 classic, IT, (the best-selling book in the US that year and likely source of coulrophobia in everyone who read it) was adapted into a two-part miniseries in 1990 and grew a cult following as it featured dark thematic elements which have become King’s signature. Unlike many of my current friends, clowns have never bothered me in the slightest. If anything they just seem a bit weird. Then I watched the trailer for the cinematic remake and holy Ronald McFucking Donald…
I am in no way a proponent of remakes, especially if it works right the first time (looking at you, Point Break), but that teaser trailer is fantastic. The slide projector scene alone (which is altered from the novel in which they are looking through a living scrapbook, but this version works so well and shows they put some real effort into keeping the effect in the story alive while making it their own) is enough for me to purchase a ticket. The opening scene with poor Georgie (Spoiler: meeting strangers in sewers will never go well), has a climax that I’m super eager to see how they handle it. While there are some who are disappointed in not getting better glimpses of Pennywise’s face, given all the exposure he’s received in the photos released, I think it’s more effective to focus on the tone and fear the protagonists portray. I’m also glad you don’t hear Pennywise speak. It leaves some mystery as to how they’ll approach his whimsical side used in luring in his victims. Kids in
1950’s 1980’s small towns were dumb but not that dumb. Although (spoiler again!) Georgie.
I’m currently reading the novel to prep for the new movie, and with King’s expert narrative skills and character development I was immediately connected to the actors and every frame. Although King’s books are often better than their celluloid versions (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive), and not to mention the big shoes Bill Skarsgård has to fill following Tim Curry’s iconic role, this certainly feels like they’re on the right track to delivering an equally horrific experience.
IT embodies whatever fear lurks within each of us. IT feeds on fear and manifests as a warped interpretation of innocence in the manner of a manic clown to prey on children because their fears have yet to be locked away. And those fears inside us are us. IT knows you, and IT will find your fear and devour it. The trailer asks, “What are you afraid of?”, and it has perhaps never been better answered than by Uncle Stevie himself who once said, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
IT floats your way September 8th.