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Writers Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and director Andy Muschietti’s rendition of Steven King’s novel IT was arguably the best cinematic version of a horror novel that has been seen in years. While being completely horrifying, like most horror movies connoisseurs prefer, the film also had a large comedy aspect. The character Richie (Finn Wolfhard) acts as comedic relief just like the 1990 version, with hilarious vulgar jokes and lighting up the movie after scare scenes.

This film is about a gang of kids, self named “The Losers Club.”  Apart from battling a demonic clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) through out the movie, they also become closer as a group. The main character, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), lost his brother to IT and was very determined to get his revenge. As the film progresses Bill and his 6 friends see different versions of IT.  For example Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), who is Jewish, see’s a disfigured women in his temple.  Also Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), a hypochondriac, see’s a leper.  IT takes the form of whatever they are most afraid of.  This is the reason they call Pennywise “IT.”  Although Richie sees the clown because that is his biggest fear, he is also the last to see IT.

While massively creative and filled with heavy detail, IT (2017) may have also completely outrun the 1990 version. Tommy Lee Wallace’s (1990) version was much more psychologically terrifying because it lacked jump scares and the advanced graphics that Muschietti and Palmer had in theirs.  Wallace messed with the viewers mind not their fear. However, the latest film had more resources pertaining to special effects, which led to better scares and more surprises. It could be argued though that because these movies were made 27 years apart, of course the newest film will be better.  In contradiction, Palmer’s casting decisions and Muschietti’s more gruesome and disturbing scene choices, knocked Wallace’s version out of the park. Also, in comparison, Wallace made a 2 episode televised series of the novel while Palmer has made one film with hints of making the rest of the story into a sequel.

Both renditions of this novel are outstanding but Muschietti and Palmer’s creation captured the fear that King really aims to give his readers.  And, while most directors and writers have trouble capturing that, the 2017 version with out a doubt accomplished that obstacle along with many others. Special thanks to IMDB for all info.

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