There has been much speculation about the remake of It. To many horror movie fans, Tim Curry’s Pennywise reigns supreme in their minds. It’s because of that movie that I have an unadulterated fear of clowns AND Tim Curry. Many have written off the remake, stating that it can’t be as good as the original.
Well, after the preview of the first trailer at the SXSW festival last weekend, naysayers may have to reconsider their words.
Bloody Disgusting gave a vivid description of the trailer on their website, which I have included below. It’s far more vivid than anything I can come up with:
The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie. We then move outside, where Georgie is chasing his boat in a rainstorm as it floats next to the curb. Suddenly, Georgie runs right into a street barrier, which knocks him down on the ground. He then watches as his boat sails into a gutter. He runs to the gutter and tries to see if he can see his boat. As he looks deep into the sewers, Pennywise abruptly appears before the screen cuts to black.
Then we are shown the members of the Loser’s Club meeting each other and realizing that they’ve all been seeing the same entity, before one of them finally says “The Clown.” Once that happens, theteaser then moves into its centerpiece, which shows the members of the Loser’s Club looking at pictures on a carousel slide projector that suddenly acquires a life of its own and begins moving through the slides at an increasingly alarming speed. The pictures are of Georgie and his parents, and each slide zooms in on Georgie’s face before cutting to his mother, whose hair is covering her face. As the projector moves from slide to slide, the hair moves out of his mother’s face, and her face is revealed to be that of Pennywise himself.
The trailer then blows through a flurry of shots, as most trailers are known to do. The most striking image from this succession of shots is the unforgettable moment when blood flows out of Beverly’s sink, only in Muschietti’s film it spews out like a geyser and blasts her in the face. There is also a sublime image of Pennywise approaching two of the children (he has them cornered against a wall), but the shot is framed in a way so that only his long, bony fingers fill the screen. The children are in the background, out of focus but clearly terrified.
The teaser ends with Bill walking down into his flooded basement, where Georgie’s ghost taunts him by repeatedly screaming “We all float down here!” before Pennywise rises from the water and rushes at him, in a moment that had the entire audience screaming. It is at this moment that the screen cuts to black and the word “IT” appears on screen.
The movie had already been sold to me when it was revealed that Stephen King gave his stamp of approval upon a first viewing of the film. However, this description has won me over. Perhaps it may have won you over as well?
The trailer has yet to be released online. Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It will premiere in theaters this September.