The first full trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It has arrived and looks set to terrify a whole new generation of movie goers.
Horror icon King’s 1986 novel was previously adapted into a two-part mini-series in 1990, which became a cult favorite for one simple reason – actor Tom Curry’s nightmarish portrayal of Pennywise the demonic clown.
Here’s the trailer for It:
Pennywise is undoubtedly one of the scariest characters ever created. A child-eating monster, complete with fangs and claws, who can change his appearance – transforming into your deepest fears.
Judging by the trailer for It, director Andrés Muschietti, whose previous feature was horror Mama (2013) starring Jessica Chastain, looks to have crafted an aesthetically beautiful picture. Muschietti has previously stated that he wanted to stay faithful to the book – something the 1990 TV version failed to do.
The opening of the trailer glimpses the infamous sequence where a little boy named Georgie meets Pennywise down a rainy sewer. And for anyone who has read King’s novel will know, this disturbing scene sets tone of the rest of the terrifying story.
The new movie, who is also titled It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club, will center Georgie’s older brother Bill and his group of young friends who set out to find destroy Pennywise. Much like the 1990 version, the alternative title would suggest that a second movie will center on the group when they are adults – although that all depends on the commercial success of this film.
Before the new trailer, reaction online to the new film’s development was somewhat negative due to nostalgia for the mini-series and the casting of 26-year-old Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Fanboys have a habit of overreacting to casting decisions before seeing the actual movie – remember the silly tantrums over a decade ago over Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker in The Dark Knight?
For anyone who hasn’t seen the 1990 Stephen King’s It mini-series in a while – take it from me, it isn’t that great. Tim Curry’s performance is fantastic, and is the only reason to watch the two episodes which have a combined run time of over three hours.
Thankfully, the reaction to the creepy new trailer has been positive, and fans of the book will hopefully get a proper movie version which will do the source material justice.
Author King has already seen the movie and reportedly called it “wonderful.” Now that’s what I call a recommendation.
Stephen King’s It opens in theaters on September 8.