I Ain’t Afraid of No Clowns

I admit I’m way behind in horror movies. I love them, but I used to only really watch vampire themed horror movies or sort of teen witch themed things. What that means for all of you is that I have loads of traditional horror movies to write about. This week I’ve been reading a creepy carnival short story book, it’s called Carniepunk and I love it so far, I’m definitely going to write about it at a later date so keep your eyes peeled, and thought why don’t I give that IT movie a watch. I’m capitalizing both letters just to make sure it actually looks like a title instead of just a typo of the word it. I know people who are terrified of the movie and of Pennywise so I decided this was definitely a lights on sort of watch.

At the end of my day I snuggled down in my bed and popped in the movie. The calliope music for the menu screen was definitely creepy, though any calliope music seems just a tiny bit eerie to me. I knew the movie was long, but I didn’t realize it was actually a two part miniseries. This confused the heck out of me when the dvd stopped halfway through the story. Totally just had to flip the disc over for the rest of the movie. It was a lot of movie to watch, especially after the super long AHS episode that was on that night, but I made it through.

Okay, so now’s the part where I reveal what I thought of the movie. Don’t hate me King fans, but I just thought it was okay. I, um, almost fell asleep a couple times during the second half, which probably shows how much I wasn’t scared by what was going on. Admittedly I don’t get creeped out by clowns. Twisty was my favorite Freak Show character, The Joker is my favorite male Batman villain, and I even went as a clown for Halloween one year very very long ago. I think I was four and I didn’t even have makeup on so I was really just a little kid in a goofy jumpsuit and a hat. Tim Curry is great at being a scary character, though I wasn’t scared watching him, he definitely sold the crazy killer clown aspect. Fun fact, he auditioned to do the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and didn’t get the part because test audiences thought his voice was too scary. He’s unrecognizable as Pennywise and if I hadn’t known it was him in advance I totally would have had no idea.

I liked the flashback portions of the movie a lot more than the parts where The Losers Club was all grown up. I mean Seth Green was a goofy nerd afraid of werewolves, which hmmm, now that I think about it is interesting since he plays a werewolf in Buffy. Joss, did you do that on purpose? Someone find a way to ask him this very important question! The effects were actually better than I expected, Bev’s dad in the tea time scene had some intense makeup work going on and Pennywise’s melting face was really cool.

For those of you who have seen the movie or read the book, I haven’t read the book, but I’m totally okay with book spoilers if it helps me out here, I have some questions for you. First, why did Eddie have to die? He revealed he was a virgin who had never loved anyone, except the Losers, and then he just dies. Why, why couldn’t he get out alive and meet a nice person to live out the rest of his hypochondriac tinged life? Second question, what the heck was Pennywise? Is he a demon? Ancient God monster beast a la H.P. Lovecraft? I actually was less scared of the clown because I knew he was just this weird disguise for a bigger monster. If he had been a messed up dude in a clown suit eating kids I probably would have had to sleep with the lights on. Third question, why did the Losers all start forgetting everything again? Does this mean that even though they destroyed his spidery body that Pennywise was still somehow alive? I just assumed after this happened that they would all have normal memories again. Sort of a follow up to that last question, if they are losing their memories again, how does Ben and Bev getting married work? Will they get to remember everything because of the power of love or will they one day wake up in the same bed, with a baby, and think “Who the heck is that and why are we sleeping together?” Final question, how hard do you think it was to be in this movie and ignore having blood filled balloons pop on your face without you being able to acknowledge them? I watched that library scene and knew I’d have been fired as an extra. I totally would have screamed or flinched, so props to you library people!

Let me know your answers, opinions, and whatever else you want to say in the comments or on Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp or @kleffnotes.

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