Stephen King’s It terrified readers upon its release in 1986 and went on to be the best-selling book of that year. The inevitable filmed adaptation hit TV screens in the form of a miniseries in 1990. With the first trailer dropping this week for the 2017 big screen, big budget adaptation of the Master of Horror’s work, now seemed like a good time to revisit Pennywise and the Losers’ Club as they were more than a quarter century ago: is It still the frightfest that kids of the ‘80s and ‘90s remember It being?
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
Much like no one has been able to match the brilliance of Jaws when it comes to shark movies, there have been countless attempts at recapturing the lightning in a bottle impact of The Exorcist when it hit theaters the day after Christmas in 1973, with none coming anywhere close to the 40 year-old classic. Incarnate is another attempt.
If you’re excited by the idea of lots of scenes of a woman sleeping in an apartment while a hooded figure lurks in her closet, drinks milk, and goes through her photos, then do I have a recommendation for you.
If Tom Atkins delivering lines like, “I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is they’re dead” in the most Tom Atkinsy of ways doesn’t excite you, this movie is not for you. And, you probably hate America.
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