“It” evokes fears in audiences

Quickly becoming the highest grossing horror movie to ever be released, "It" stuns audiences with its simple yet frightening plot.

Pennywise the clown hides behind his signature red balloon.

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Pennywise the clown hides behind his signature red balloon.

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Who knew a red balloon could be so scary? The latest movie adaption of Stephen King’s novel It is the perfect combination of humor and horror.

The movie has just become the highest grossing horror movie ever to be released (beating out 1973’s cult classic, The Exorcist), and its 2017 release date was no mistake. It comes 27 years after the 1990’s release, and Pennywise the clown appears every 27 years to torment children in the sleepy town of Derry, Maine. The movie is set in 1989 creating the same Stranger Things-esque vibe that seems to be becoming a trend.

The movie is set around a group of misfit kids that all get together after children in their town keep disappearing. The opening scene in the movie was the scariest part. Georgie, a young boy, gets lured by Pennywise, and then he disappears. Fast forward a year, and the movie picks up with Georgie’s older brother Bill still convinced that Georgie is alive, and he’s determined to find him. The movie is set around all of the kids coming together to face Pennywise and their biggest fears.

The script itself was good, but the actors were the ones who really made the movie shine. Bill Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise was hands down the best part of the movie. He had the creepiest smile and had this ability to make his eyes look insane. The kids’ performances were the heart of the film, they manage to carry the film, which is an impressive feat, due to their age. They bring the professionalism and skill of any veteran actor.   

The kids’ performances were the heart of the film, they manage to carry the film, which is an impressive feat, due to their age. They bring the professionalism and skill of any veteran actor.”

— Ingrid Lundberg

The movie is not the traditional jump scare horror movie that some love, so if you are going into the movie expecting constant jumps and bathroom mirror scares then you are going to be disappointed. But, if you go in wanting an all-around movie that manages horror, humor, and growing up, then you will not be disappointed. If you like a movie where the kids’ home lives can be scarier than a demonic clown, then It is your must see movie of the fall. I promise It will not let you down, just remember if anyone ever asks you for a balloon, just say no.  

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