"It" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/17/20
A group of high school kids discover the presence of a malevolent entity stalking their small town that has taken on the appearance of a circus clown.
An adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, the 1980’s setting and presence of Finn Wolfhard in one of the lead roles are a pretty obvious indication as to which particular bandwagon It has hitched itself to. But the combination of likable leads, nostalgia, themes of coming of age and adolescent angst wrapped up in familiar horror mythology works for similar reasons that Stranger Things did. There is little of any real originality on show, some of the “if we all come to together we can do anything!” speeches are a little laboured and the effects-laden set pieces involving Pennywise tend to be a little overlong, but it is executed with enough style to make for an enjoyable enough shocker.
There are cliches aplenty as it plunders everything from Carrie to Ringu and it is very similar to the – in my opinion – superior Super 8, but there are enough spine-tingling moments to please fans of mainstream horror.