I have had a penchant for horror films since I was a kid. I remember the kinds of flicks that would show me demons in different disguises: a nanny, a pet, a doll—and this was even before Anabelle hit the theatres and we were introduced to The Warrens.
I would cover my eyes then fear every dark corner of our house for a couple of nights after that. But despite the terror, I would still watch a horror series (Okatokat), or a new horror film: Sceam, I know what you did last summer, Friday the 13th and some of its franchises, Freddie vs Jason, Stigmata, Poltergeist, Jason X, Joshua, The Orphan, Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Exorcism, Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara. My list could go on.
I grew up with them and became tired of the formula: a demon that would possess someone, a scary figure that would appear or float somewhere, or a monster that woud decide to kill random people—and who could forget—leads who, instead of running for their lives, would choose to exchange a dramatic dialogue just when they are about to be eaten alive. If as a younger viewer I would probably scream, at this age, I would laugh at these scenes.
Though they may be successful at giving me the chills, at the end of the movie, I would somehow feel empty as I would be left with questions like why that girl, how did that become a ghost, why would that ghost want to kill that person. And the weirdest I have asked is this: why always Christians?
So, I would always root for horror films whenever they air because I am looking for a difderent kind of scare.
Then I have seen “IT.” Stephen King’s “IT.”
I have read a couple of times that King’s horror novels are truly frightening and I was so curious that I jumped in to the killer clown bait.
I was not disappointed. It was worth it!
It is not a ghost. It is a clown
Who is a kid not afraid of clown?
Me. I was not.
But then inasmush as there exists a real phobia for these guys, I was awestruck at the mystery of the character. This clown is not a demon as evils are, but was surely a human once. It was not a doll or a monster in dusguise. It is a monster.
It is psychologically creepy
It has a new formula for a shock.
The evil presence does not appear in the usual places and when you expect it. What I loved about the bombs in this film is that they deviated from your expectations.
The movie somehow blends with the audience’s subconscious. As I experienced, it takes your fear to be that evil form. Thus, though the watchers see the same picture or character on screen, the intensity of the panic is different for everyone.
Moreover, the film would continuously imply that you can control fear only if you choose to. And that the movie is only as scary as the voices in your head.
But if you are that movie goer who is after the visuals, then you may only notice the frightening effects but not hear that message outright.
It justified the belongingness of the lead roles
As in the 1990 version, the story focused on a group of kids’ dilemma with Derry’s curse: the 6% higher than average missing persons’ rate every 27 years.
At first, you would think that they met for a basic reason such as being schoolmates; but as the film deepens, you would be introduced to the mental capacities of each kid that probably pulled them close to each other, and possibly, as new targets of whatever “it” is that is terrorizing the town.
It did not rip off childhood from the protagonists
The kids were plunged into a pool of what they are afraid of both in real ife and within the existence of the evil clown. But regardless of the situation they were in, they still reacted like how young people would behave.
Comically, when things would get too much, they would remind themselves that it was “summer” after all. As if they were just playing some kind of a boardgame or something.
Lastly, the girl’s character is something else
I don’t know if it was just me, but the dominance of male players is evident in this film; hence, the presence of the only female lead added flavor to the already whimsical cuteness of the boys.
What is even more interesting is that even if the film presented character development subtly and shortly, the movie was able to give depth to each of them. The dialogue and the behavior of each individual allowed the audience to know and understand the characters more. Especially, their choices. But this girl in the picture has more into her than what was being showed onscreen.
In the end, the clown did not choose to hurt her and one of the boys thought maybe because she lacks “fear for it.” The audience seemed convinced, but as I saw it, following the antagonist’s preferences on victims and the repeated reminder of what her “demons” could be, it made me think that there is another reason the clown would never want her. And no, I am not dropping a hint.
I was waiting for the movie to spill the beans but well… to my dismay, it preferred to leave the judgment to the moviegoer. However, I was delighted at the end credits.
You know why? It is just the beginning of the story! There is a potential sequel! I definitely hope not after 27 years though.
Ultimately, you would need to watch “IT” to perfectly understand me. But if you are looking for a type of horror that is terrifyingly applaudable, this is it.