It’s Back and Better Than Ever

Madeline DiPalmer, Entertainment Page Editor

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With Halloween approaching, we prepare a list of all the classics we can jam into this  spooky  holiday. Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare before Christmas and Casper are all the ‘spooky’ movies one has watched since they were little, but as we get older, we love them just the same. But, if you’re looking for something more in the true genre of “horror” this halloween season, a Stephen King novel has yet again made a comeback to the cinemas and it truly does not disappoint.With Halloween approaching, we prepare a list of all the classics we can jam into this  spooky  holiday. Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare before Christmas and Casper are all the ‘spooky’ movies one has watched since they were little, but as we get older, we love them just the same. But, if you’re looking for something more in the true genre of “horror” this halloween season, a Stephen King novel has yet again made a comeback to the cinemas and it truly does not disappoint. Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. At 70 years old he is still going strong and keeping us engaged in his thrilling novels that turn into classics that then, turn movies that keep you on the edge of your seat. Stephen King has written over 90 novels in his lifetime. King’s novels stand out from others because of the twists and spins he always put on every one.  His most popular novels include, The Shining, Carrie, Misery, The Stand, The Green Mile, Stand by Me, and of course, It. Many of King’s books adapt such a fan based audience, that making it into a cinematic thriller is almost a must.  Even though there is and always be a true belief that every book is better than the movie, is that really still the case with the new, 2017 It?  Senior, Cate Bowman stated her thoughts on It, “I read the book prior to seeing the recent 2017 movie. I was surprisingly really interested in the movie, even after reading the novel. Although the book was better than the movie, I found the movie intriguing, scary, and very similar to the book.”  The It novel was originally published on September 17, 1986 and the movie came out four years later on November 18, 1990. It completely changed the game for horror movies back then. It is based on seven young kids who live in Derry, Maine. Pennywise, the killer clown comes every 27 years to try and kill on the town’s children.  These seven kids on their own get haunted by It in their own different way. This is until the kids come together as one, spending the summer piecing together what exactly is haunting their small town and what the goals of Pennywise are before it takes any more children. The story line brings you through each child’s personal lives and fears in how they face It. The movie then goes ahead to 27 years later and they find out the clown is back and going on a killing spree. They now have to go back to Maine and fight it off once again. In the 1990 version of  the movie they combined the characters childhood and adulthood facing It all into one, but the new 2017 movie they break it up into two chapters. So, we know all about the characters as children and how they fought Pennywise off from the 2017 first chapter of  It. We do know they will have a second movie about when the seven, young, kids are now grown adults and Pennywise has comeback. They purposely had the 2017 movie premier exactly 27 years after it predecessor. But, comparing the 90’s thriller to the new movie many think “Wow this isn’t scary at all”  because of our new continuously evolving senses to animation and because kids now are more desensitized to horror topics. So going into the new It movie, many had very high hopes hoping that this movie will take the exact story line and turn it into something even better than the first one.  Olivia Benjamin, a freshman, stated a comparison of the 1990’s movie and the 2017 movie, “I really enjoyed the movie, and not even just the horror aspects of it, but the way they made Pennywise. You really grow an attachment to the characters throughout the movie. I thought this movie was way better than the original as far as the acting and the way they told the story. I’m so excited for the second movie to come out.” The movie has a way of captivating the audience and putting yourself in the shoes of all the characters. All the actors were a perfect fit for the seven children and it almost makes you wish you were in their little “fighting off killer clown” clan. So if you want to be completely captivated by a bone chilling movie and terror stricken of a murderous, blood thirsty clown this fall, go see It.

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It’s Back and Better Than Ever