Okay so first off let’s get this out of the way, I hate clowns. They’re so frickin’ creepy. So, me going along to see It meant that I had to pop on my big girl pants and tackle my fear head on.
As a coulrophobic clowns are on my ‘avoid list’ so I never watched the TV series as a child. So, when I was watching the movie, it was without any preconceptions, just the overwhelming hope that I didn’t get scared shitless.
Based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel, this movie tells the story of a group of downtrodden children in the late 1980’s who are terrorised by an evil clown named Pennywise.
One by one children in the town continue to go missing, but the adults seem to be completely oblivious. “It’s summer, we’re supposed to be having fun. This isn’t fun, it’s scary and disgusting!” states one of the children hunting down the shape-shifting demon that’s terrorising the town of Derry, Maine.
“Chapter One” as this movie has been dubbed is set in the Summer of ’89. Here we see poor little Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) get dragged into a storm drain by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) a psychotic clown with a penchant for murder.
Unable to accept that his brother is dead, his older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) tasks his group of outcast friends to help find the lost boy. Little does he know that he’s just enlisted his buddies on a suicide mission that will take them through woods and into the sewers, in search of Pennywise.
The clown feeds upon the fear of each of the friends, praying on their weaknesses. The only way to defeat him is to stick together, but knowing this he attempts to separate and murder them to save himself.
I wouldn’t say that It was a scary movie, it’s more creepy than anything. I’m happy to report that the clowns, yes plural clowns, weren’t that scary after all. In fact, It is more of a horror-adventure movie; The Goonies meets Nightmare On Elm Street. You get the nostalgic weirdness of Stranger Things but with the chills you’ve come to associate with any Stephen King material.
By Ruth Walker