IT’s back! Are you ready for the return of Pennywise the Dancing Clown? No? Too bad! Because Warner Bros. Pictures has dropped the first trailer for their big screen adaptation of IT. And it’s giving us the creeps!
The movie is based on horror icon Stephen King’s 1986 novel, which was first adapted into a two-part television miniseries in 1990. That show fueled the nightmares of an entire generation and carved its own special place in pop culture history.
In a little Maine town named Derry, children are disappearing and when six-year-old George vanished after a storm, his big brother Bill begins his own investigation. Bill befriends six other kids, united by the troubles they have to face day-to-day including school bullies and a monster in the form of a clown named Pennywise.
For best effect, watch the trailer below with the lights off. If it proves too much, grab a friend!
I’m a huge fan of the book and the original miniseries, which I still find unsettling today, so I’ve had my doubts. Moreover, Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise in the 1990 miniseries is simply terrifying and pitch perfect and I have a hard time imagining Bill Skarsgard being able to match that performance.
Let’s not forget that acclaimed filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, who wrote the script and was set to direct it, exited the project two years ago citing creative differences. That’s not a good sign especially if you love Fukunaga’s work and support his vision. He was replaced by Andrés Muschietti who directed Mama (2013).
But the atmospheric trailer, which doesn’t quite give us a full view of Pennywise, is effective enough to give me a glimmer of hope. Plus, King himself endorses this remake.
We just have to find out for ourselves when IT opens in cinemas here on September 7. One thing’s for sure… you may not look at a red balloon the same way again!
Will you be giving IT a chance? Tell us!