IT DVD Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.

The Review
I really feel for anyone working as a clown at the moment, you are going to have it tough because IT is truly terrifying.

Man I love a good horror, and too often they come along promising so much and delivering so little. But IT is a brilliant and bloody horror from start to finish.
Argentine Mama director Andy Muschietti deserves so much praise here. He stepped in on a project that had lost its original director (Beasts of No Nation’s Cary Fukunaga) and Pennywise (Will Poulter) and was probably bound for straight-to-TV obscurity.

But Muschietti re-wrote the script to be more faithful to Stephen King’s book, cast Stellan’s boy Bill Skarsgard (Atomic Blonde), and now has one of the year’s most anticipated movies.

And Bill isn’t clowning around here either. I was freaked out as a kid by Tim Curry’s Pennywise back in 1990, but Bill is the new stuff of nightmares, with freaky twitches, disturbing speech delivery and a scary ability to make his eyes go in different directions.

Kudos to the makeup / wardrobe / special effects teams as they have created a truly phenomenal monster. Some of the best scares are him just standing there and that’s something.

And you get such bang for buck, with so many classic and inventive scares right from the opening scene. IT was great fun watching it in a jam-packed theatre, even though most were watching through their hands over their faces.

But for all the blood-soaked screams there’s still a beating heart to this horror, with the Losers’ Club of all-too-relatable social outcasts providing moving moments and some much needed comic relief.

The kid with the coolest name, Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, looks after most of the laughs and breaks the tension thankfully. But there are many subtle sight gags, like the local movie theatre showing Nightmare on Elm Street 5, or the Jewish kid who always puts out his bike’s kickstand while the others ditch theirs.

The Verdict
Get along to this as soon as you can, IT is just such horrific fun on the big screen with a packed audience getting the poop scared out of you. Not just one of the year’s best horrors but one of the year’s best movies.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 7th September 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language & horror
Duration: 135 minutes 
Genre:  Horror
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
Director: Andy Muschietti (Mama)

The Extras
Whenever Pennywise's eyes look in two different directions, there are no special effects used for that. Director Andrés Muschietti had planned on using CGI to achieve this, and informed Bill Skarsgård of this, but Skarsgård then demonstrated that he could do it on his own, and that is what is used in the final film.

Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andrés Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his mannerisms as Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It (1990).

In an interview with Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård recounted a scene he shot where he had to scare a large group of children. When he first walked onto the set in full costume and makeup, some kids were intrigued, some were scared, and one started shaking. However, after the scene was shot, all the children were crying due to how scary Skarsgård's performance was. Skarsgård admitted that he felt extremely guilty about this and he apologized to all of the child actors after the camera stopped rolling, ensuring them that the whole thing was just pretend.

About 6 months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job".

The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King.

27 is a number that often becomes associated with this story. This movie is set to be released 27 years after the original television release. In the book, it is mentioned that "It" returns to Derry approximately every 27 years. Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, died at 27 years old. This movie released one month after Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) 27th birthday.