Let get this out of the way right up top. I'm not a Stephen King guy. I've only ever read The Stand
. I've seen a bunch of the movies. Carrie
scared the shit out of teenage me.
That being said, I was more than a little intrigued when an update to IT
was announced. The original TV movie was a solid effort, but it was still just a TV movie. A lot of the ugliness of IT
just wasn't going to make broadcast television.
When the Wonder Twins, much to their mother's dismay, announced they wanted to see the story of the Losers' Club and Pennywise, I became their advocate.
We had watched Stranger Things
which clearly owes a debt to IT
. The boys dug the cosmic menace of the story. Well, if they liked the homage, they were going to love the original.
Not familiar with IT
? Here's the premise:
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
IT is the King movie King fans have been waiting for for a long time. The movie stays true to the source material and is all the stronger for it. Yes, some adjustments were made, but the story remains intact.
Special features included in this release include:
- Pennywise Lives! - Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
- The Losers’ Club - Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production,
- Author of Fear - Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
- Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film
As a hard R-Rated horror movie, IT served as a barometer of where the boys are maturity wise. They asked questions about things they saw. They were creeped out as they should have been, but, more importantly, they were really drawn to the bonds between the members of The Losers' Club.
I'm curious to see how they handle the sequel featuring the grown up versions of the kids. It, for me at least, was the less interesting part of the book. The landscape of this movie makes me excited to see what the folks at Warner Brothers have up their sleeves.
IT is available now from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment on digital, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD.
Check out IT! Get down with the clown!