There’s something about the premise of killer clown entertainment that seems mainly the domain of pre-teen boys (I write this as a former pre-teen boy myself), but It, the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic, is, like the novel itself, really reaching to be something much more than the simple campy scare-fest the basic premise suggests. Killer Klowns From Outer Space or a carnival-themed episode of Are You Afraid of The Dark? this is not.
The film boasts a surprisingly packed creative crew and a promising cast of up-and-coming young actors. In a time of a so-many artsy and considered horror movies (see: Get Out and Raw, and the likes of upcoming films like A Ghost Story and the remake) from the looks of the trailer It seems poised to find a sweet spot as a big box office hit and a potential critical favorite. remake) from the looks of the trailer It seems poised to find a sweet spot as a big box office hit and a potential critical favorite.
The teaser trailer certainly has audiences both spooked and eager for more.
New Line Cinema certainly set out to make a classic.
Originally, director Cary Fukunaga, of both Beasts of No Nation and True Detective‘s first critically-acclaimed season, was attached to direct. He ultimately dropped out, but not before penning a script of which he retains credit. Argentinian director Andrés Muschietti, best known for directing the Jessica Chastain sleeper horror film Mama, was instead brought in.
Pennywise the Clown, the titular It, is played by Bill Skarsgård (yes, Alexander’s little brother). In case you’re wondering what he looks like out of clown paint, here you go:
The group of children protagonists, known as The Loser Clubs, is headed up by Jaeden Lieberher (who you last saw in St. Vincent) and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame.
Meanwhile, cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, best known for his work with director Chan-wook Park on films like Old Boy and The Handmaiden, is onboard. Janie Bryant, the Emmy-winning costume designer best known for Mad Men, is handling wardrobe.
In other words, a lot of talented firepower for a movie about a scary clown, but fans of the novel (not to mention the cult classic miniseries) know the story deserves nothing less for its first foray to the big screen.
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