Andres Muschietti’s IT adaptation doesn’t let Stephen King’s much-loved novel down

With “It” receiving some positive early buzz, we made a decision to single out some of the best King adaptations that lurk among the many, many bad ones.

We’re a matter of days away from the new and updated version of Stephen King’s classic tale IT and to celebrate we have a brand new featurette teasing us what to expect from the film, along with details of midnight screenings set to take place at ODEON Cinemas.

USA Today said: “The infamous clown is plenty freaky, though it’s the youngsters, bursting with hormones and one-liners, who make It one of the better Stephen King adaptations”.

Brought to life once by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries adaptation, Pennywise the clown towers over terrified audiences in theaters this weekend. His face is more pointed, with eyebrows perched high and his voice oscillating between giddy and grave, making every bit of idle chit-chat chilling.

During an interview with EW sister company INSTANT, Wyatt Oleff, who plays a member of The Losers’ Club, recalled the young actors’ first time meeting Skarsgård in his Pennywise costume. Now though he looks more frightening than ever before.

“There was a point in my career where people were calling me Horrormeister and, you know, the scary guy”.

“This is a novel that’s 1,500 pages, and if there ever was a flawless book to split up into two movies, it’s It”, Andy’s sister and creative partner Barbara Muschietti says in a separate interview. “It’s got heart. It’s got, like, a “Stand by Me” element”.

“I think to play a character such as his with a complete mental state of being a maniac it was definitely something that was new to me and I had fun playing around with”.

“I think I find it easier to be that insane, maniacal, really angst-y character more than I find playing a charming, nice boyfriend-material guy”, he recalls. And while Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is clearly the big “crowd pleaser”, It doesn’t forget that he’s also just the front man for a shape-shifting entity (the much-derided “space spider” of the novel). They have expectations I’m not going to live up to. We need to be creative to come up with something that doesn’t feel like a repeat of the movie we just told.

“Do you think this one will be as good as the original?”

Now that we’ve gotten one scary element out of the way, check out the trailer below to see if you’ll be willing to sit through this film in the spirit of Halloween. In It, when the scene teases you that there’s going to be something, it’s really there.

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in “It.”