-They’re remaking IT (the movie based on the book) and released this full shot of the new Pennywise the other day.
-It’s definitely creepy.
-But therein lies the rub: creepy, is not “terrifying”. What is terrifying is the ability to look innocent and harmless while holding something sinister and gruesome under the hood.
-What child wouldn’t want to walk up the 90’s Pennywise? He’s got big red poofy hair, balloons and a friendly demeanor…AND THEN HE TEARS YOUR EFFING ARM OFF. That is the definition of a predator, and predators are legitimately scary. They scar you psychologically.
-It’s one thing to be a “movie monster” (Freddy Kreuger, Jason Voorhees, et al) and have an iconic appearance and chase horny teenagers around & kill them for fun, but it’s a whole other thing if you’re a monster with the face and costume intentionally meant to draw people in. Because it’s that draw that piques our curiosity and then destroys us, first as characters, then as an audience investing ourselves with those characters, and then with our imaginations.
-Hollywood forgot the above points, because they just want “scary-looking” (see every “creepy kid movie” that’s come out in the last 20 years), but the reason Regan in The Exorcist and Damien in the original Omen resonate with us is because they’re innocents who turn into evil. That transformation is called a “descent”. And descents are fucking scary. We’ll see how this pans out.
-Final Grade: C
Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter (twitter.com/josezuazua) and instagram (instagram.com/josezuazua).