Comments for https://horrormoviepodcast.com Reviewing the Hell Out of Horror Movies. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:12:31 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Sal Roma https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50739 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:12:31 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50739 ********SPOILERS FOR IT**********

Was Bev truly a damsel in distress though? Up until her capture, she had basically been the savior of the Losers Club, always being the one to save the gang, particularly in the house the first time and being the one to slow Pennywise down. Sure, she was put in a Pennywise based coma, but you’re also looking at possibly the only child that ever dealt with Pennywise that due to her not being afraid, she was captured yet not actually dead. I’d compare it to what happens to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. She may have been petrified, but she helped save the day thanks to everything she did. Same thing applies here. In order to allow the other members of the Losers Club to look as if they’re actually contributing, you needed to take out the MVP of the Losers Club to stand up.

Due to their age and the overall innocence of all of their relationships, I didn’t find Ben’s kiss to be insulting or dated, although admittedly, a bit creepy especially if Bev wouldn’t have woken up. I simply saw the kiss as a reminder of Bev’s most important relationship to help her regain her strength and likely the result would have been the same had any of the members of the Losers Club kissed her. Perhaps even a group hug would have helped brought her back too.

Considering all she had been through throughout her life, being captured by Pennywise and needing some help didn’t hurt her in my eyes. With all of the abuse from her family, I would have expected her to be a bit of a pathetic individual who struggles to have any form of backbone or social skills. Yet, not only is she still strong enough to hold herself together, but she conquered her own personal demon. Quite the difference in comparison to Eddie just standing up to his mother.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 126: Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Killing Ground (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017) and Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2016) and Remembering Tobe Hooper by Andrew Fulton https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-126-annabelle-creation-2017-and-killing-ground-2017-and-the-belko-experiment-2017-and-be-my-cat-a-film-for-anne-2016-and-remembering-tobe-hooper/#comment-50734 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:16:51 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4367#comment-50734 I am planning on watching Hounds of Love this weekend with my wife (she likes horror movies too). I watched Killing Ground last night and Jay was right, it was pretty brutal. I have the Devil’s Candy on my list of movies to watch too.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dino https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50707 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:02:42 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50707 I just realized I didn’t mention any of the things I loved! I’ll be brief because most of those things have already been discussed either on the podcast or on here…

First, I loved the coming of age story of the Loser’s Club. This is probably the best element of the film… their performances, chemistry, all of it was so good. I just wish we had more of it, though I don’t think we missed out with what we get.

Second, I loved the setting of Derry, Maine. Excellent world-building and atmosphere.

Third, Pennywise and the “It” monster. Yes! The performance, character design… all of it.

Fourth, I loved how the film juxtaposed a common childhood fear of adults with Pennywise. Both threats seemed equally dangerous at times. And while all the adults of Derry seemed to either be awful humans or indifferent, I wonder if that was always the reality or if that was partially the kids’ perception. Alternatively, I wonder if this is part of Pennywise’s “attack” on children, having a direct affect on the behavior of the adults in Derry. Whatever the reason, it really adds to the thematic complexity of the film.

Fifth, I loved the care that was given to the little details, whether it be a movie theater marque advertising ANOES part 5, or the creepily threatening librarian lurking behind Ben during the library scene (so subtle, but one of my absolute favorite moments in the entire movie), this film was filled to the brim with wonderful little details.

And, finally, I loved how they just went for it.

Job well done.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dino https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50705 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:40:22 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50705 Solid review, fellas. It for me is an 8.5/10 for me after my initial viewing, but I could see that rating going up over time. For now, it’s that because there were three issues I had with the film…

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Issue #1: I was thrilled with some of the stylistic choices, which includes some of the CGI. The CGI I had most of my issues with were the moments when Pennywise opened up real wide… I would have preferred that been done using more practical methods. Still, not a big deal. Stylistically, though, I had bigger issues with some of the camera work and editing. Namely, the moments of “shaky cam” when Pennywise was dancing, or when he was running at the camera. I did not love those decisions.

Issue #2: The pacing, both in the overall structure of the film and within individual scenes. For the overall structure, I loved how the movie was a virtual rollercoaster with scary set piece after scary set piece. But the movie seems to stall a bit just past the mid-way point, after the kids go into Pennywise’s house for the first time. I like that it slowed down for some character building, but the overall effect for me felt a bit uneven. My bigger issue with pacing, though, had to do with the pacing within those scary set pieces. I wish Muschietti had shown a bit more patience in building up the tension before jumping to the payoff. For me, this really only successfully happens in three scenes: the opening scene with Georgie, the library scene with Ben, and the garage scene with all of them. Those scenes were executed masterfully and had me legitimately uptight in suspense, but the rest of the scare scenes seemed to blow their load a little too quickly. They were still fun and effective in their own way, but I feel like there was a lot of potential tension left on the table.

Issue #3: Turning Bev into the damsel in distress at the end. This is my first exposure to any version of “It” – I have not read the Stephen King novel, nor have I seen the 1990 mini-series. So I’m not sure if this is how it played out in the source material or not (my understanding is that it’s different in the book), but I literally rolled my eyes at Bev’s fate. Not necessarily that she’s the one who was taken by Pennywise… after all, he feeds on fear and she certainly had the most to fear in her life than any of the rest of the Loser’s Club… but the fact that the boys suddenly muster up the bravery to go rescue the girl. AND THEN, what ultimately snaps her back into reality is a kiss from a boy… and not just any boy, but the boy who has a secret-but-not-so-secret crush on her. Never mind the fact that she was the one of them all who was the bravest, strongest and least afraid of Pennywise for the entire rest of the film.

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Those were my three issues, which is what brought my rating down to an 8.5/10. That said, the stuff the film gets right it gets REALLY RIGHT, and this is the movie I most want to re-watch over and over and over again so far this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if I loosen up a bit on my three issues above upon re-watch and my rating goes up.

Anyway, awesome movie… absolutely loved it.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50704 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:39:35 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50704 Thanks for the Stephen King quote, AnDread.

I hope some studio’s (particularly, ahem, Universal) will be influenced by the success of IT. This is the type of monster movie I want to see.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50703 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:32:18 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50703 I don’t know if that was the film maker’s intent but I love your theory for the balloon colors!

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50702 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:28:48 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50702 I have two more clown movie to mentions, though they aren’t really “killer clowns.”

The legendary Lon Chaney played a clown in Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) and things don’t go well for him. He definitely is a sad clown. This film is more drama and not really horror. Clowns remind me of court jester’s who are always being abused by the kings in films.

The second film is Night of the Demon (1957) which is the inspiration for Drag Me to Hell (2009). In it the antagonist, who is a practitioner of black magic, has a Halloween party for the town’s children. He dresses as a clown and does magic tricks for the kids.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dino https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50701 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:18:43 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50701 Sage advice, nonetheless.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dino https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50700 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:16:27 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50700 Somehow, a raincoat seems even shadier than a clown costume (unless it was raining, I suppose).

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dino https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50699 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:14:32 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50699 Hey, LeAndra… welcome to the comments! Awesome to hear about your relationship with It… I wish I had that background with the source material because it feels like this 2017 version is chock full of Easter eggs.

Good news is we’ll be getting even more It discussion when (if) the Wolfman returns from Alaska!

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50698 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50698 I also heard that the Joker was inspired by Conrad Veidt’s character in The Man Who Laughs (1928). Which is a great film, BTW. Coincidentally, another border-line horror film, The Bat (1926), was an inspiration for Batman. I’ve seen the remake with Vincent Price from 1959 but not the original version.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 126: Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Killing Ground (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017) and Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2016) and Remembering Tobe Hooper by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-126-annabelle-creation-2017-and-killing-ground-2017-and-the-belko-experiment-2017-and-be-my-cat-a-film-for-anne-2016-and-remembering-tobe-hooper/#comment-50693 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:05:58 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4367#comment-50693 In Hocus Pocus (1993) the parents get bewitched and go to a dance but there aren’t a lot of monsters…

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 126: Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Killing Ground (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017) and Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2016) and Remembering Tobe Hooper by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-126-annabelle-creation-2017-and-killing-ground-2017-and-the-belko-experiment-2017-and-be-my-cat-a-film-for-anne-2016-and-remembering-tobe-hooper/#comment-50689 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:53:03 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4367#comment-50689 Andrew, have you seen Hounds of Love (2016 though I think it counts as a 2017 wide release)? It’s kinda messed up but it’s an Australian film and I liked it. Also, if you liked The Loved Ones, check out The Devil’s Candy (2017) by the same director, Sean Byrne. It’s not really an Australian film, though.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 126: Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Killing Ground (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017) and Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2016) and Remembering Tobe Hooper by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-126-annabelle-creation-2017-and-killing-ground-2017-and-the-belko-experiment-2017-and-be-my-cat-a-film-for-anne-2016-and-remembering-tobe-hooper/#comment-50688 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:47:26 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4367#comment-50688 Belko’s high on my list still. It is a great cinema experience. Films I’ve seen in the theater tend to creep up higher on my end of the year list. Plus this one seems to have a lot of rewatchability.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 126: Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Killing Ground (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017) and Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2016) and Remembering Tobe Hooper by Dark Mark https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-126-annabelle-creation-2017-and-killing-ground-2017-and-the-belko-experiment-2017-and-be-my-cat-a-film-for-anne-2016-and-remembering-tobe-hooper/#comment-50686 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:40:54 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4367#comment-50686 Colin, I love that Creature From the Black Lagoon is one of your favorites on Letterboxd!

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by David https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50637 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:10:26 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50637 I think I posted this on the wrong episode.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Sal Roma https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50635 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:47:59 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50635 Considering what a monster hit IT has been, what are the chances that all we’re getting is one sequel? I realize all they can in terms of the book is one sequel, but considering Pennywise popped up several times in history, there seems to be room for some IT prequels. In this day where studios are constantly trying to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to possibly series, I feel as if most haven’t realized that IT’s success should, in theory, be the start of something far bigger than just IT Chapter 2.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by "Creepy" Cary https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50613 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:17:27 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50613 Loved this review! I’m not a big fan of Stephen King and the 1990 “IT” doesn’t hold any real nostalgic value for me so I went into the movie not really expecting too much.

I enjoyed the new “IT” but it won’t be making any top 10 lists for me. I am, as you are, thrilled though to see an “R” rated horror film doing so well. That’s good for horror fans everywhere.

My one big critique of the new “IT” that I don’t *think* you all touched on was that I felt that there was too much humor in it. They obviously wanted this Pennywise to be more menacing than the Tim Curry’s version – and he was. But I felt like they kind of counteracted themselves by having so much comedy in it.

Then again, I never read the book so I don’t know how comical the book is either.

Terrific episode! Highly anticipating your thoughts on “Mother!”. That *is* a film that will make a top 10 list for me for sure.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Dark Passenger https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50612 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:56:42 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50612 Good to hear! I finally have somewhat of a free weekend and should be able to hit it up this weekend. I won’t be going in cold, but from what I can tell, it will be my kind of f’d up movie. It seems like it will stick with me afterwards, which is what the movie is going for. I hope more people go to it this weekend.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by David https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50611 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:39:43 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50611 Jay, you shouldn’t go around killing spiders lest some great Lovecraftian being comes out of the ether and decides that you are insignificant enough to swat without mercy or remorse.

Just get a glass and a postcard.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Hanns https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50610 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:16:09 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50610 I’m glad you included All Hallow’s Eve in your recommendations. I really like some of the parts (even the alien one which REALLY freaked me out!). You can’t escape that clown. 😉

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by The Crysilisk https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50606 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:08:53 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50606 This was a great episode. I watched the miniseries version of IT a few days before watching the 2017 IT. I love them both for different reasons, but I won’t get into that right now. Jay brought up the different colored balloons in the 1990s IT vs. the 2017 IT. I had noticed this difference when watching the movies, but hadn’t given it a whole lot of thought until now. My theory is that the balloon color changed because of the different focuses of the two versions of the movie.

In the 1990 version, the main focus was Bill and Georgie, so naturally, the color of the balloon was yellow, the color of Georgie’s raincoat. Bill was obviously very traumatized by Georgie’s death, and the raincoat is the last thing that he saw his little brother wearing. IT often appeared to Bill as Georgie and the Loser’s Club ultimately decided to go into the sewers because of Georgie. Bill led them down because Pennywise killed his brother and they wanted to stop that from happening to other children.

In the 2017 version of IT, the main focus was on Beverly. She is a very strong character, but very vulnerable as well because of the abuse from her father. I would argue that her greatest fear is of her own womanhood, which was represented by blood. This is shown by the bathroom scene, by her fear of her father seeing the tampons she had bought at the store, and her father’s repeated question, “Are you still my little girl, Bevy?” Because of Bev’s fear, the balloons in the 2017 IT are red, like blood. To further my point that Beverly is the focus of this version, she is eventually the reason why the Losers Club go into the sewers to fight Pennywise. Beverly had been kidnapped during a moment of weakness and they went to save her.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Jonathan B https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50605 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:56:56 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50605 Mother! might be my favorite film of the year. IT and Get Out are up there as well. If you are going to see Mother! I suggest going in as cold as possible. It’s fantastic.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by Jonathan B https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50604 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:56:06 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50604 If you are a fan of audio books – the reading by Steven Weber is fantastic. Granted it is like 45 hours long but if you commute a lot or are taking a road trip I highly recommend it. He has his own unique interpretation of Pennywise and I found his Georgie seen just as riveting as in the films.

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Comment on Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017) by AnDread https://horrormoviepodcast.com/horror-movie-podcast-ep-127-creepy-killer-clowns-in-horror-and-it-1990-vs-it-2017/#comment-50597 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:13:21 +0000 https://horrormoviepodcast.com/?p=4386#comment-50597 Great episode! Love the discussion of clowns in horror before the reviews of It. Like I think Carl and Doc say, I find clowns a bit sad rather than scary or funny. They can also be a bit annoying. Other than It, the only killer clown film I find effective is Jon Watts’ Clown (2014/2016). I think Jay is right that what makes clowns scary to some people is their exaggerated features. It’s the uncanny, as so often in horror, when familiar appearances are distorted so as to look strange. They can also look like animated corpses, which also brings up the abject (corpses being abject due to being reminders of our mortality). Stephen King alludes to this in his inspiration for Pennywise:

“As a kid, going to the circus, there would be 12 full-grown people that would all pile out of a little, tiny car, their faces were dead white, their mouths were red, as though they were full of blood, they’re all screaming, their eyes are huge, what’s not to like?

“I started to actually look at kids, when I grew up a little bit….Kids are all terrified of them, and the parents are all like, ‘Aren’t the clowns funny, Johnny?!’ and Johnny’s like, ‘No, get me the hell out of here! These people are all crazy!’ Because they are monstrous-looking and children are really afraid of them. They do have that monstrous thing going for them.”
http://comicbook.com/movies/2017/05/02/stephen-king-pennywise-inspiration-it-tim-curry/#1

As for the most recent It, I loved it, and am very happy with how well it’s doing at the theaters. Really looking forward to Chapter 2. I’m curious though, does it’s success mean anything for horror? Will studios give more attention to horror? Will King adaptations be handled with more care, and try to capture a darker tone?

It (1986 novel) vs. It (1990 TV mini-series) vs. It (2017 film)
The latest episode of Streaming Horror Society tackles in-depth comparison of all 3 versions of It, with a roundtable between Jeff Hammer, Little Miss Horror Nerd (of Resurrection of Zombie 7), Channy Dreadful, End of Davez, and yours truly.
http://streaminghorrorsociety.com/episode-10-stephen-kings-it-discussion/

The novel is my favorite Stephen King book, and It has to be the most powerful monster that King has ever created. I also think It’s appeal has to do with its blend of childhood nostalgia and cosmic horror. I don’t even know that nostalgia is the right word. Childhood is rough for the Losers Club, beset by abusive or indifferent adults, and psychopathic bullies, not to mention getting eaten by a monster. But there’s also a certain magic to that time, something the book explores as being lost when you become an adult. It’s sad, yet inevitable. I also love the idea of a band of misfits working together to fight evil, whether that be human or inhuman evil. At 1,138 pages, sure it’s a bit bloated, but the rich characters and monster stuff holds your attention most of the time. 10/10

The 90s mini-series is fun, if a bit hokey, especially some of the dialogue and attempts at being scary (Pennywise coming out of a shower drain to scare Eddie, appearing as Ben’s dad to taunt him, etc.). It has a silly and adventurous tone, and they don’t really play upon It’s multiple forms much. Worth a watch but I’d always hoped for a darker, more serious version. 6/10

The new film definitely gave us that version. Pennywise is truly frightening in this film. Although I still have to say Curry’s performance in the 1990 version is more memorable – his charisma just leaps off the screen in certain moments – overall, Skarsgard’s was creepier. The kids have great chemistry together. And I was happy that we got more versions of It besides the clown.

That’s not to say that the movie doesn’t have flaws. I don’t like what they did with Bev and Mike’s characters. Mike has little to do for most of the movie. Bev is sexualized and, although you see hints of her strength, they really undercut that at the end. Speaking of the end…this part really disappointed me. Not just because of the Bev thing – the whole logic of it just doesn’t make sense, and It comes off as feeling much weaker than It should be. I actually prefer the 90 version of the battle between the Losers and It.

Overall, though, I was very happy with 2017 It. I hope they pull off the next chapter as well – or even better. 8/10

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