Fall is finally here, which means pumpkin spice lattes, football games and of course, my favorite of Halloween traditions, scary movies. What better way to celebrate the leaves changing than to get mind-numbingly terrified at a movie? Classics such as Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Scream can always hit the spot, but what about the newly released horror movies? Specifically, what about the the remakes? The Mummy, Rings, and Alien: Covenant all stayed true to their original plots. Not only were these movies successful their second time around, some of them did better than the original! The movie It, for example, received a 6.9/10 on IMDb and 62% on rotten tomatoes in the 1990 version. But the recently made It received an 8.1/10 on IMDb and 86% on rotten tomatoes.
I went to see this movie to see what the hype was all about and, let me tell you, it was worth it (NO SPOILERS AHEAD). Pennywise the clown has only become more blood chillingly terrifying throughout the years. It is beautifully made. Stephen King has such a unique style that the remake captures perfectly. I am impressed and that does not happen easily. Although It exceeded expectations, the recent release of the remade movie “It” has brought about a lot of controversy. 2016 was the year of the clown. They were everywhere… and they were dangerous. So not only were many peoples’ life long fear of clowns coming to life – people like you and me were encountering them daily. Fast forward a year, a new version of It comes out, and, you guessed it, the clowns are back. Red balloons are being tied to sewer grates. People are, yet again, terrified. Perhaps that is why the producers decided to make this movie now? Maybe the timing was just perfect enough to light a spark of fear in the world’s heart that the clown epidemic might be returning for round 2.
Whether or not this prophecy will be fulfilled, no one can argue that this movie, despite a few questionable CGI moments, is extremely successful. I only rated this movie a 7.5/10, because I am very hard to please and I have only seen one 10/10 in my life (maybe that is what I’ll write my next post about). But a 7.5/10 is a C, and C’s get degrees.
Despite minimal flaws, the remake of It holds true to it's original plot and is beautiful made. Very scary, I recommend!