IT-ticipation: Freaking out about IT Movie rising soon

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in IT Image via Roadshow Films | IT movie |

I’m calling it…currently the world is gripped in a roiling IT-ticipation, awaiting the release of the new imagining of IT set for NZ cinemas on September 7th. What’s not to love about the story of IT, especially for not-easily-scared horror fans like myself IT really has so much to offer and ticks all the boxes from the checklist of creepy cool things to include in a decent ‘horror movie night‘ staple. I’m damn excited to see how IT is going to play out and from all accounts, early reports from overseas screenings is that it’s not going to disappoint! Here’s some of my thoughts leading into my viewing of IT this evening…

IT's coming...Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in IT. Image via Screen Junkies News | IT Movie |
IT’s coming…Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in IT. Image via Screen Junkies News.

It’s important to have a set of characters you really care about so you do feel scared when you live through what they’re going through onscreen; and I think The Losers Club definitely encapsulates that feeling; and of course they also act as the cinematic embodiment of us, the viewer. Which is why it’s a pretty good idea to be wearing your brown undies when you see a movie like IT as you’re bound to leave a few little rosebud impressions on the cloth once Pennywise really lets rip on the big screen.

The Losers Club in IT. Image via Horror Freak News | It Movie |
The Losers Club in IT. Image via Horror Freak News.

You know, big horror fan over here so it takes me a lot to get scared by a movie. I’m talking The Exorcist and The Shining are in my top 10 movies of all time list. So it takes me a bit to get scared and I’m looking for the new horror movie that’s going to totally freak me out. I’m looking for something that’s going to make me afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or obsessively check I’ve locked the front door, that kinda level of scared. For me the most recent scare-worthy flicks I’ve seen have been Lights Out, The Conjuring + Insidious Universe films and the total winner, Australian indie horror
The Babadook. So if IT can come close to any of those babies, I’ll be stoked.

Who'd win in a fight between The Babadook and Pennywise? Image via Paper Specs | It Movie |
Who’d win in a fight between The Babadook and Pennywise? Image via Paper Specs.

The drive to promote IT has been innovative, exciting and to be honest made me only the more hyped to see IT. I’ve also been loving seeing my non-horror movie friends squirm a bit when they’re subjected to some of the macabre marketing that’s accompanying the release of IT movie, like this…

Or how about this…

Or what about animated art like this

So…yuh! I’m feeling confident that this level of excitement from the IT marketing campaign means, people have seen it, it freaked them out and they want to freak me out too!

OK, I know there’s being attracted to a “Bad Boy” and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of crushes on ridiculous characters (Jesse Custer from Preacher, Hellboy, David 8 from Alien:Prometheus…) but there’s something a bit disarming about knowing that this new ultra scary imagining of Pennywise is also played by someone that’s kind of alluring to the eye in their everyday life. I mean Bill Skarsgård (Atomic Blonde, Hemlock Grove) is…well a Skarsgård, so he shares his genetic makeup with that other Skarsgård that sends hearts and pants aflutterAlexander.

Scary clowns are featuring in the upcoming season of AHS. Image via EOnline | It Movie |
Scary clowns are featuring in the upcoming season of AHS. Image via EOnline | It Movie |

Look, scary clowns aren’t really anything new but arguably since Tim Curry donned the red nose to become Pennywise in the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King‘s 1986 novel, I reckon IT or “the clown from IT” is probably one of the most referenced scary clowns. Of course you’ve got Insane Clown Posse fans, serial killer John Wayne Gacy painting himself as scary-ass Pogo the Clown, Ryan Murphy using the imagery of clowns in the new season of American Horror Story and let’s not forget the spate of scary clown gangs emerging this time last year in the UK, US and in New Zealand. What about the decent everyday clowns that are loosing pay thanks to the resurrection of Pennywise? Sidebar: How about Stephen King banning Donald Trump from seeing IT…did he go too far? Shouldn’t everyone including the POTUS be allowed to have a clown related code brown cinema experience?

So…I’m off to see IT tonight at a special screening before it’s released upon New Zealand cinemas tomorrow, September 7th. Will I love it? Will I be scared by it? Will I need to Napisan my undies after? I’ll let you know! But more importantly, drop me a note in the comments and let me know your thoughts on the upcoming IT movie and let’s chat scares.

One Take Kate



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