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Andres Muschietti (2017)

129min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The 1990 TV mini-series based on Stephen King's novel It scarred a generation and made the killer clown a genre staple. Director Andy Muschietti's artful take on the horror tale really is one of the most gripping and glowing of King dramatisations. This time the focus rests firmly on the first encounter seven outcast tweens have with an ancient child-killing, shape-shifting entity in their Maine home town. It's cleverly placed in the same time period that the book was written, and the 1980s look gives it real scope, while the affectionate King references provide a fun nostalgic texture. The kids, who call themselves The Losers' Club, face less-tangible personal demons than in the mini-series, and the result is well-sustained suspense, where the threats seem palpable and the fully developed punches aren't pulled. There's a creepy roadside-drain prologue and a nightmare sewer-system closing confrontation with evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård on disturbing form), though the bloody bathroom scene is the stand-out shocker that's on a memorable par with The Shining's lift sequence.

Summary

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of their small New England town. Horror based on the Stephen King novel, starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis.

Cast & Crew

Bill Denbrough Jaeden Lieberher
Pennywise Bill Skarsgård
Richie Tozier Finn Wolfhard
Eddie Kaspbrak Jack Dylan Grazer
Beverly Marsh Sophia Lillis
Ben Hanscom Jeremy Ray Taylor
Stanley Uris Wyatt Oleff
Mike Hanlon Chosen Jacobs
Henry Bowers Nicholas Hamilton
Hobo Javier Botet
Georgie Jackson Robert Scott
Patrick Hockstetter Owen Teague
Gretta Megan Charpentier
Leroy Hanlon Steven Williams
Director Andres Muschietti
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Aug 2019
Drama