Joel’s Journal - Entry #150 - 3/29/2017
Today’s journal is going to be a little different, and we’re focusing on one thing. IT!
As a monstrous Stephen King fan (pun most DEFINITELY intended), I almost spit out my lunch yesterday as I skimmed through Twitter and stumbled upon the trailer’s release. So, without any further words, let’s dive in.
I’m not film critic, but I do appreciate good stories, and when movies take good stories in book form and try and convert them to film, things can get a little (read, a lot) lost in translation. The original It movie was great, mostly because Tim Curry was so fantastic as Pennywise the Clown. However, the TV film skipped over a lot of the grittier aspects of Stephen’s King’s book, something this supposedly R rated film probably has a lot more creative license to delve into.
However, I want to focus on the modernization that seems to be happening of the newest film. I’m not talking about the story itself, judging by the brief settings seen in the trailer (WHOOP Oshawa!) and character’s clothing, the movie takes place some years ago, I’ve read it’s been moved up to the 80s, while the timeline of the original book is the late 1950s (when Georgie Deborough is killed by IT). I think this timeline is better, more Stranger Things meets paranormal horror. For those who haven’t read the book, Georgie is the cute kid with the boat the beginning of the trailer. He’s Bill’s little brother, Bill being our main character and hero. This is a great scene, and a pinnacle moment for the book, hence why the earlier movie (and now this one) are sticking to the script on this scene.
I want to talk about two other frames in the trailer as well, though let’s be honest, I could probably write for hours about this trailer, which is less than three minutes (just wait until the full movie comes out!) Okay, let’s look at this first one –
Perhaps I didn’t have the most common reaction this scene as many would. Instead of covering my eyes and looking away as the slides flicked faster and faster, moving more and more of the wavy hair away from what appears to be a woman’s face, only to reveal not a woman’s face, but that of Pennywise, my eyes opened wider and wider.
I released something along the lines of OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, and then burst out laughing with childish glee.
This is an absolute genius reworking of an old scene from the previous movie and the book as well. That first scene, instead of a projector coming to life, it’s an old photo album, and it’s a picture of Georgie, a school photo, that first winks at Bill before his face melts into a ghoulish smile and starts to bleed all over the floor. When the scene ends, Bill’s mom comes into the room, picks up the dripping book and puts It back on the shelf. Parent’s can’t see It. Who knows, perhaps the photo album scene could be in the movie as well, but this is an AMAZING reimagining and bodes well for the quality of the rest of the movie.
And now THIS.
Gross right, I know.
This is a scene not quite verbatim from the book, but I’m excited about it nonetheless. It’s probably one of the scarier Pennywise moment.
In the bathroom at her house, Beverly Marsh, the only female member of the Loser’s Club (the self-made name of our group of heroes) has her first encounter with It, when she starts hearing the voices of dead children coming from the sink drain.
She peers closer, closer, before a balloon inflates from the drain, growing super large before exploding and covering the bathroom and Beverly, in blood. It’s a scene the original adaptation stuck to pretty closely, but one that has been once again modified for the newer adaptation (with the help of what looks like some pretty good special affects).
Now, we don’t see a balloon in this frame, but it’s possible it could have exploded before the frame begins. Regardless, happy to see this part in the new movie.
Many critics of the original adaptation, slammed the director for leaving this scene out, during which, one of the Loser’s Club encounters It at an old abandoned house (29 Neibolt Street). IT takes the form of a diseased leper and chases him down the street. It’s a truly terrifying scene in the book, and one I knew was going to be in the new movies because, well, I saw the house being built of course!
29 Neibolt Street is actually on the end of James Street here in Oshawa, and over this past summer, the facade that makes up the horrible looking house, was constructed and the street converted to a dilapidated neighbourhood. I called it, right about….here….that this was going to be used for that scene. If you don’t want to read my full post from August 2016, I’ll just pull the important bit for you here
BUT, if you want further evidence, here’s your confirmation that this house is indeed 29 Neibolt Street.
Look at that poor kid running from that dirty leper.
Those perhaps look like werewolf claws, don’t you think?
Okay, that’s enough from me today, I was just super stoked about getting a first glimpse at this after seeing the house being constructed throughout the summer and having to WAIT SO LONG.
Well, in the meantime, keep doing what you love and doing it well
And thanks for reading,