Ever since IT’s September 8 release date was announced, our imaginations have been running wild wondering how this classic Stephen King novel will look on the big screen. It’s not a good sign, seeing as in Derry, imaginations tend to get you in trouble...
All that 80s nostalgia
Set in the summer of 1989, IT takes place as the world prepares to put down the hairspray and usher in the era of grunge. The 80s were a sweet, simpler time and the nostalgia at least takes the edge off this otherwise terrifying tale. Expect to be welcomed into the age of neighbourhood bike rides, oversized spectacles and tube socks pulled up to the ankle.
The Losers Club
If we’re going to follow anyone on a frightening journey, we’re glad it’s the Losers Club. The kids that make up this rag-tag bunch are each dealing with personal and social struggles that we all can relate to, and there’s nothing more heartening than seeing them overcome their fears and take down the bullies – even if they do come face-to-face with a haunting clown along the way.
We fell in love with Finn Wolfhard as the leader of the pack in Stranger Things, so we’re doubly excited to see him facing equally strange situations in IT, this time as wise-cracking Richie. Bill Skarsgård undergoes a horrifying transformation to become Pennywise, so much so that we barely recognise him. If his performance is half as creepy his outfit, our excitement for IT just reached whole new heights.
Pennywise is scarier than ever
Take one look at the trailer for IT and it’s hard not to be horrified and intrigued by gruesome clown Pennywise. Director Andy Muschietti has said that Skarsgård’s portrayal of Stephen King’s hideous baddie has a sort of childish sweetness to him that’s quick to turn sour, so we’re positive this Pennywise will bring all the thrills and chills we’ve been waiting for.
Bring on the fear
Speaking of thrills and chills, when it comes to seeing IT, we’re most excited to get scared. There’s the fear of creepy clowns, of course, but what’s perhaps even scarier about the being known as ‘IT’ is just that – it’s just an ‘It’. It can take the form of anything, multiplying all the ways It can terrify us, including those we didn’t even know. When it comes to the ways in which IT will freak us out, the possibilities are endless. And we couldn’t be more excited.
All that’s left to do is sit back and prepare to get scared. With Pennywise, that’s just about guaranteed.