Stephen King: IT stuns with $103 Million opening, Chap

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in the horror thriller

A group of young kids is just trying to get by, enjoying their youth despite one of them living under the abuse of a father, or dealing with the loss of a sibling. It's really not, though, once you watch the new version and you realize that it's completely different. The rest of the cast includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jaeden Lieberher and Jackson Robert Scott. Four years later it was turned into a mini-series of the same name that aired for ABC - one that featured a memorable performance from Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but ultimately hasn't held up well through the years.

Furthermore, the snappy, comical dialogue between the young cast - coupled with a cool 80s soundtrack - offers moviegoers some much-needed reprieve from the menacing villain that lurks around the corner. But it never forgets to scare the crap out of you. "When you're making a movie about a monster, you have to hit them pretty hard just to establish his lethal power and get people terrified about the possibilities that he would show up at any second".

"There's no way I would be a writer or a novelist without Stephen King", said Grahame-Smith, author of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", both of which were adapted for the screen. Visually, Muschietti keeps a steady pace, choosing to make it count when Pennywise strikes, putting more horror on display than the original did (or could).

There are shades of Stranger Things, Stand By Me, and The Goonies in this offering but enough of its own unique vibe to separate the experience into something new and frightening. Not to mention fans of Stephen King and the horror movies will be heading to the theater as well.

Adolescence is terrifying. It is in that transition from kid to adult when it slowly occurs to you very little protects you from the risky realities of a cold, cruel world. "Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues". IT movie has all the elements. If Skarsgard's hope was to terrify a generation of kids like Curry did - he certainly lived up to it.



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