One of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read was Stephen King’s IT, mostly because this novel hits so many different fears. Visual fears like Penny Wise the Clown, fears of losing loved ones, fear of the unknown, and so on, it is truly one of the author’s best works and IT is finally getting a theatrical release. I know what you might be saying, “but what about the 1990 Tim Curry led movie?” Well that was a made for TV mini-series, and not HBO, but for CBS (I believe) so it was drastically toned down. The filmmakers did a good job of relaying scares but their hands were tied as to how far they could push it.
I’m not sure if Bill Skarsgård can escape Tim Curry’s ever looming shadow as Penny Wise the Clown, in all honesty his performance will be how I probably judge this film adaption of one of my all-time favorite books, but the trailer seems very intense.
Also, when this film was in preproduction there was talk of breaking it up into two parts, one taking place when the main characters are children and the other while they are adults. Anyone who has read the book or seen the mini-series knows the plot is woven through both eras of the characters’ lives (probably why it was a mini-series and not a movie in 1990) so trying to put all of that in one movie might make for a jumbled mess. However, in this trailer we only see the main characters as children so hopefully they went with the two-part formula because there is a lot in the novel that I would love to see make it to the screen, especially a lot of the sub plots the mini-series didn’t even touch.
So watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.