It (1990).

April 17, 2017

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IMDb: In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

 

My neighbors, who are aged 10 and 6, love to hang in my room and watch movies with me. And since I’m usually into weird or old-timey movies, I figured to have horror films instead when they’re around.

Everything’s peachy so far. They are getting more and more captivated by the genre.  Some of the titles they’ve seen: Pan’s Labyrinth, El Orfanato, The Witch, Lights Out, Mama, Sinister, Conjuring and Goosebumps the movie.

As soon as the teasers for the new version of IT hit the internet, my little friends kept giving me spirited updates about the trailers. And so one afternoon when I was able to get off from work, we decided to watch the 1990 original.

Cheesy 90s-acting (on some of the adults’ performances) as well as some misogynistic undertones aside (what the hell is happening to the Beverly Marsh character? Even the kids are asking me why she has to be so touchy with all the boys LOL), it’s an old horror movie that’s worth visiting.

With all these recent horror movies that heavily rely on jump scare, Stephen King’s IT relies on its chilling and unnerving atmosphere, as well as its super spooky storyline (but of course!). That’s why it is so endearing for me because it’s reminiscent of the good ol’ Filipino horror films I loved when I was a kid. Tim Curry as Pennywise is nightmare-inducing. I thought my adult mind would be like ok scary clown, but hell no, THAT MOFO WAS NASTY I was scared shit and screaming witha kids lol.

I have a soft spot for stories with a group of kids and so the first half is my favorite. The second half unfortunately didn’t have the same energy as the first. The ending I think was ridiculous, but still, with the imminent remake, it’s always nice to revisit the past. If you’re an adult reading this, I think this movie is best enjoyed with kids in your audience hihihi.

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