Top 5 Scariest Reasons to Watch 'IT' for Halloween
Is 'IT' a Great Halloween Movie?
The 2017 & 2019 IT movies have become the highest grossing horror films of all time, barring inflation. The flicks center around the clown Pennywise, an evil entity that feeds off of people's fears.
It's a remake of both the Stephen King novel and the 1990 miniseries of the same name.
But how does the movie compare to those entries and is it worth seeing every Halloween? Critics certainly think so with a Rotten Tomato score well above the 60 percent fresh rating.
As a film viewer who has both films, I can honestly say that they're great movies to watch every year, whether it be the miniseries or the remake.
However, if you're not convinced, then here are the top five reasons why you should add IT to your Halloween marathon.
5. Realistic Child Characters
The main characters of Beverly, Bill, Richie, Ben, Mike, Stanley, and Eddie are part of the "Losers Club", and they are easily the most compelling parts of the movie.
When they're shown as children, they swear, they get into trouble, and they act like actual kids.
Horror movies are only scary when there are some stakes involved and when you have lifelike characters like these, then you become more invested in the film.
The most famous Halloween movie titled "Halloween" has everything to do with the realistic depiction of teenager Laurie Strode and her involvement in a terrifying situation.
I enjoyed watching these kids in the IT miniseries and the remake, and there's a lot of fun to be had this Halloween with these incredible child performances.
4. Creepy Scares
It wouldn't be a Halloween movie if there weren't some creepy scenes included.
One of my favorite scenes in the original miniseries was when Bill looks at photos of his brother Georgie and he winks back at him from the photo album. That gave me the creeps because it was both eerie and comedic.
There's a different sequence in the remake where Pennywise comes to life through an old projector, which was one of the scariest segments in the film.
There are a lot of other creepy clown moments sprinkled throughout these films and each are enjoyable in their own special way. I think what makes them stand out is that there's always an element of fantasy among those scenes.
The scary moments become creepy when their sole purpose isn't only to scare you.
If a scene can make you feel uneasy without jump-scaring you to death, then it's doing a very good job.
3. Horrific Real World Events
IT isn't just about fantastical scares though, some of the most horrifying sections deal with real world issues.
In particular the character of Beverly has to deal with a twisted, dark upbringing by her demented father. In some ways he's just as evil as Pennywise, but even worse because he represents reality.
I'm not scared of ghosts or zombies, but I am terrified of people like Beverly's father whom I know exist in the world today. Watching her deal with her father in the newest film was heartbreaking and made my hair stand at the back of my neck.
It's not just her father though that gave me chills, there are plenty of other adults and teenage bully's that I loathed.
They represent some of the true evils in this world and easily elevate this film from your average everyday horror movie.
2. The Opening Scene
Both accounts of the opening sequence to IT are absolutely horrifying.
Whether it be Tim Curry or Bill Skarsgård, their oddly laughable yet evil portrayal of Pennywise is terrifying in the films.
However it's the build-up to that famous opening scene that will make your heart hurt and scream at the same time.
Without giving anything away, you begin that scene with a touching brotherly bond between Bill and his younger brother Georgie and end with a downpour.
I love how that brief but poignant connection was created in the movies/novel because it told the viewers everything we needed to know.
If I had to pick the best telling of that scene, then I would go with the novel because of how descriptive and suspenseful it was but the film still does it justice.
For those who don't feel like spending their time reading the entire novel or watching the whole movie, at least see/read the opening scene because it's one of Stephen King's best.
Pennywise was already up there with iconic horror movie villains well before the rebooted IT movies were released, but now he's a household name.
I think he's just as iconic as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Dracula because of his out of this world persona.
When you see this clown, you don't know whether to laugh, cry, or scream in terror and the actors who play him have a lot to do with that.
I personally loved the Tim Curry Pennywise because of how much personality he gave him, but I also enjoyed Bill Skarsgård in the role because it introduced a new menacing tone to him that was fun to see.
No matter how great the other characters or kids were/are, when people think of IT they think of Pennywise or at least "that scary clown".
When the remake was announced, his new appearance was all that fans cared about akin to how people only care about Freddy or Jason in their respective movies.
Even if you hate horror movies or have no interest to see/revisit IT, you have to agree that Pennywise has become and icon and will be an icon for years to come.