New IT Movie Horrifies New Generation of Moviegoers (Spoilers Ahead)

Sun, 2017/09/10

In the autumn of 1990, the first "IT" movie premiered as a two-part TV miniseries on ABC which both captivated and horrified TV audiences with its unique storytelling and unsettling scenes of a child-killing clown that lurks in the depth of a small town’s complex and its aging sewer system. 27 years later, the first feature film adaptation of this classic Stephen King’s novel premiers in theaters across the country, providing a new and updated version of the story for all to fear. While numerous Stephen King novels have been made into full length feature films in the past, such as "The Shining" and "The Shawshank Redemption," others, like "IT", are more difficult to adapt to screen due to the unique storytelling methods used by King in his novels. For "IT," the difficulty came from the setting of the story, which was equally divided between two-time periods separated by 27 years: 1963 and 1990. Because of this and the already complicated storylines, the original miniseries was split into two, four-hour long segments.

Despite this challenge in adapting the story, this new film has solved this problem by splitting the story over two films, the first of which takes place in 1989. The second "IT" movie, which will take place 27 years later in 2016, will likely premiere in late 2018 or early 2019. You probably have noticed by now how the people behind the film are keeping the 27-year pattern synonymous with both the novel and now the films. This helps to add a sense of connection with the novel and miniseries, making this new film less of a reboot and more of a continuation for those familiar to the story.

Unlike the original miniseries, which was formatted for television and therefore limited in its language and graphic nature, this new film takes full advantage of its R-rating to make present the gruesome scenes and vulgarity that were found in the novel. What was once only implied to be hideous and violent in nature is now shown clearly, with no room for imagination as to what happens not only to the victims of the clown, but to the cruel and violent natures that people in small towns tend to conceal from those around them. With such a surreal and morbid look at small town America, viewers are captivated and horrified at the relentless nightmare the protagonists are faced with, one which constantly threatens to consume them all.