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Clowns are scary

Clarissa Koch, Staff Writer

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A few good scares isn’t all that is given to the audience who goes to see It. The film also provides a narrative of how children deal with fear at a young age compared to adults.

The film is able to bring out nostalgic reminders of your own childhood fears and hopes. Each kid battles their specific fears that the It embodies and haunts them with. It became an unexpected layer to a story that was promoted only as a remake on a classic horror flick.

Compared to the 1990 version, Andy Muschietti’s It goes into the young kids’ lives in great depth with promise of a sequel rather than jumping back and forth. Also many of the important aspects of each child’s fear was avoided or tip toed around in the shortened TV mini-series.

Muschietti’s adaptation greatly dug into those themes and formed a greater image. The hauntings of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Bill Skarsgard, brutally beat down on the lives of six young kids. They are challenged to face what terrifies each of them most.

When the fear starts to cloud their brain, it’s hard to decide what is real and what isn’t. The kids are forced to decide whether or not they want to live in fear or challenge the monster that represents what each of them is most terrified of.

Characters like Richie, Finn Wolfhard, Eddie and Jack Dylan Grazer, brought on an edgy humor that lit up the movie. Many of the jokes we can’t even say. The constant verbal battery was a bit of a relief for the nonstop jump-out-at-you scares that were sprinkled throughout and became common but still terrifying.

The idea of a clown that feeds and hunts through fear will leave a lasting in image in audience’s minds. Although the end titles revealed that this is only the first chapter, It floats well on its own.

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