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Published on October 3rd, 2017 | by Max Morin


The so-called horror movie “It” isn’t scary, but it’s compelling

Everyone can agree that the Hollywood theme of rebooting old ’80s and ’90s classics is getting old. That being said, there have been some pretty creative reboots, including a fifteen year old Spiderman and a female Ghostbusters gang. However, the one that takes the cake is Stephen King’s “It”.

This new highly anticipated horror movie blew me away with its creativity and originality. It wiped my memory clean of the original, making me forget it was a reboot entirely. This movie completely earned the money it made and is a must-see fall blockbuster.

What’s the first thing that goes through people’s minds when they think about a horror movie? Is it scary? Well “It” isn’t. I rarely found myself in suspense and never really had any moments of genuine terror. It’s not nearly as frightening as other films such as “Insidious” or “The Conjuring.” However, the execution of the character development makes the story more compelling and captivating than both of the aforementioned films combined.

In those movies, random characters introduced as the main cast seem two dimensional, and you wouldn’t care if they lived or died. But “It” introduces a clever, fun, witty cast of screwed-up funny kids, that you would be horrified to see get picked off one by one.   

All in all, the movie is much more entertaining than most horror movies, fusing comedy and quality filmmaking beyond the familiar tropes. This in turn made for a much more successful movie, and definitely a more enjoyable one to watch. Although there were some errors every now and then, such as a poorly edited shot or even a scene with a bad transition, these were more than forgivable mistakes, as each viewer inevitably becomes trapped in the world of “It” and Stephen King’s cruel imagination.

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