Maniac Monday: This weeks pick is “It”!

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By: Myri Nieves

Hey guys, welcome to another installment of Maniac Monday’s! If you don’t remember from my last post, this is brought to you in an attempt to cure the Monday Blues. We’re going spooky this week and presenting the remake of It, starring Bill Skarsgård as Penny Wise the Dancing Clown.

In the Town of Derry, every thirty years the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind mutilated bodies as the evidence that something is wrong. A group of seven kids – known as The Losers Club – will discover the horrifying truth on what is causing the mass murders and will honor a pact to try, against all odds, to stop IT.

Why I’m excited about it: I have to say I had my reservations about this film before. I’m not big on remaking classic horror films because they usually end in disaster (Nightmare on Elmstreet and Friday the 13th, anyone?) and as a big fan of the older films, I turn my nose up to remakes that threaten the original. However, when I watched the trailer and saw that it was not only close to the original but with possibly better effects, I grew a little excited. If it really builds on the subject matter and allows us to enjoy, symbolically and contextually, the material of IT then it’s sure to be a smash.

I would say one of my big, big reserves is the appearance of Pennywise himself. The creature’s true nature cannot be seen, however, it disguises itself as an otherwise appealing and alluring clown to lure children in. Of course, it can be argued that no clown really has any kind of appeal when it comes to looking innocent or cute. Even Bozo terrified children’s nightmares so I can see the enigma that is created when you put the clown as the face of unspeakable evil while trying to maintain the whole ‘cute’ persona. It’ll be interesting to see Bill take on the titular role that was more or less made iconic thanks to Tim Curry’s incredible performance.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti – who directed 2013’s Mama – it’s sure to be packed with good effects and a proper script. I’m a bit worried about the story direction as I was one of the few that did not thoroughly enjoy Mama to the fullest extent, but Andrés has two source materials to pull from so it’s very hard to go too left field on it.

No matter what your thoughts, just remember that down here with us, you’ll float too. Get ready to sail your paper boats on September 2017.

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