The book ‘It’ was written in 1986 by Stephen King, this novel was his 22nd book and the 17th released under his name. The book and film follow the experiences of seven children as they are terrorised by an evil entity that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. The story is set in Derry, Maine (1989).
The entity appears in the form of ‘Pennywise’ The Dancing Clown to attract its preferred prey of young children. Pennywise feeds off fear and says “they taste better” when they’re terrified. He believes children are easier to scare and that’s why he mainly seeks them.
‘It’ by Stephen King has always been popular with movie critics and lovers of horror flicks but the recent addition to the saga, “IT Chapter Two”, has left viewers unsatisfied. Compared to the previous movies, it isn’t scary at all. Throughout the movie, there are one or two moments that I had jumped at and I was scared but I didn’t keep that feeling throughout the entire movie. Richie Tozier, member of the Losers Club had become a comic in later life and constantly lightened the mood with a joke, not that I was complaining. But even moments that were supposed to be scary, just weren’t.
Don’t get me wrong, ‘It Chapter Two’ is a good film but is it a good horror? The story is engaging and leaves viewers wanting more with each passing minute, wanting so desperately for the characters they’ve grown attached to, to survive but it doesn’t leave them terrified beyond belief like its predecessors.
I believe the book covers important issues such as abuse, depression, disorders, homophobia, suicide, body image and traumatic experiences. King states that the book tackles themes such as “the power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes into adulthood and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice”.
For a horror movie, it exposes important issues and topics that the majority of people go through. Each character has an issue or problem that some viewers may find relatable and furthers their liking of the movie. Beverly had an abusive father, Richie suffered from homophobia, Eddie had an overbearing mother, Stanley had OCD, Bill felt guilty for the death of Georgie, Ben was overweight and Mike watched his parents burn alive. I believe exposing these issues/problems is what makes it a good film.
The movie concludes with Bill opening a letter from Stanley explaining what he did and why he did it along with the remaining five of the Losers Club going their separate ways yet again but promising to always come back to each other. Ben and Beverly finally get together, Bill returns to writing the ending of his book, Mike stays in Derry and Richie continues his comic career. All trying to forget the horror of Pennywise, The Dancing Clown.
Katelyn Hillary – TY Press