Published Date: 07/09/2017
IT is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
The film tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, who call themselves “the Losers’ Club.” Each of them has been ostracised for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call “It”.
For as long as the town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.
Bringing Stephen King’s seminal bestseller to the big screen for the first time, acclaimed director Andy Muschietti (Mama) says, “Fear is universal; it’s something we can all relate to. And what could be more terrifying than something that doesn’t just attack you, but attacks you with what frightens you most?"
First published in 1986, IT became an instant classic and the top-selling book of that year. Captivating readers for more than three decades, the perennial bestseller continues to be counted among the most influential works of the undisputed master of literary horror, inspiring numerous film and television projects in the years that have followed.
That was certainly true for the filmmaker at the helm of the movie. “I am a big fan of Stephen King, who was my favourite author growing up, so IT was a dream project for me,” Muschietti states. “As someone who loves making scary movies, I have always been fascinated by fear, and probably the time when you’re the most terrified is when you’re a child watching your first horror movie. It’s a feeling you won’t have again for the rest of your life, so it’s become a bit of a highly unrealistic quest for me to bring that sensation back. That helps me create because I believe you can only scare other people with what scares you, too.”
The terror of IT is embodied in the malevolent clown, Pennywise—devourer of children, connoisseur of fear. Bill Skarsgård, who took on the villainous role, says, “I was very familiar with IT and the character of Pennywise growing up. The way I look at it, he needs children to believe in what they’re seeing and to be afraid in order to consume them because fear seasons the flesh. To me, as a kid and even now, that is the most frightening concept ever.”
Andy Muschietti’s sister and creative partner, producer Barbara Muschietti, credits the screenwriters with finding that balance. “Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman were able to capture the touching facets of friendship between the Losers’ Club and even a brush with the first love of adolescence. But make no mistake: you are going to be scared,” she warns!
It sounds like we are in for a huge thrill ride when IT opens at Showcase Cinemas and we cannot wait!
IT is at Showcase from September 8
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