Expectations for Andrés Muschietti's remake of It are floating higher than the kids trapped in Derry's sewer system right now. Stephen King himself recently praised an early screening of Pennywise's return to the big screen, and we all know that the prolific author isn't easy to please.
However, the movie also has its fair share of critics who worry that It won't live up to the original TV adaptation. Sure, Tim Curry's performance as #Pennywise single-handedly ruined the mental health of an entire generation back in the '90s, but detractors shouldn't compare the two films without seeing them both first.
While we're still fervently scouring the internet on the daily, desperate for just a glimpse of the official #It trailer, lucky attendees of the #SXSW Conference and Festivals have just been shown the first teaser in its entirety, alongside a full scene from the movie too. Did these chosen few sell their souls for such a rare opportunity? Probably, but that's not the most important question here.
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What Happens In The Teaser Trailer For 'It'?
Until we can see the teaser trailer for ourselves, it's hard to verify exactly what the promo entails, but Bloody Disgusting have provided us with a detailed description that sounds extremely promising... in a depraved, killer-clown sort of way;
"The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie."
Anyone who's read the book or seen the '90s adaptation knows where this is going, as we cut outside to follow Georgie chasing the paper boat in a rainstorm. Inevitably, the adorable present floats into a nearby gutter. Desperate to reclaim the boat, George bends down to look closer into the sewers, when Pennywise suddenly appears before the trailer cuts to black. Pennywise is back to doing what he does best... Lurking in sewers being creepy AF.
The trailer then shows the members of the Loser's Club as they discover that they have each seen 'The Clown' around Derry, before moving onto the promo's centrepiece...:
"... 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.
It's exciting to hear that the It remake will include the iconic carousel slide scene, hopefully reimagining the scares in a way that still freaks us out in new, original ways. Another iconic scene from the TV adaptation recreates the iconic moment when blood flows out of Beverly's sink, although things take a more extreme turn here.
That's not all though:
"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.
"Long bony fingers"... Consider us officially obsessed with this trailer, despite not seeing a single moment of footage. However, it's the ending that sounds like the most terrifying part of all, where Bill hears Georgie's ghost taunt him in a flooded basement, before the terrifying climax:
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."
While it's disappointing to hear that there was no clips of Bill Skarsgård speaking as Pennywise, we imagine that this big reveal will be held back to build anticipation further.
What Happened In The Exclusive Scene Shown From 'It'?
Bloody Disgusting also described a short excerpt that was shown alongside the trailer at the SXSW. Taking place just before Ben Hanscom is attacked by Henry Bowers and the rest of the bullies, the scene showed:
"Bill, Richie, Eddie and Stan at the entrance to the sewers in the Barrens, as they debate on whether or not to go inside. Before they make a decision, they are interrupted by Ben, who abruptly shows up, beaten to a bloody pulp."
While this doesn't give much away in terms of story, it's refreshing to hear that Muschietti chose to focus on the children rather than just gratuitous #horror shots of #Pennywise, suggesting that the cast's dynamic will play an pivotal role in the proceedings.
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At the end of the day, it's impossible to judge the quality of a film based solely on a short teaser and one excerpt. Having said that, attendees who saw the exclusive It reveal have thrown out words such as 'impressive' and 'terrifying' in their description of the footage, hyping us up more than words can say.
The '90s TV adaptation of It will always hold a special and disturbed place in our hearts. After all, Curry's Pennywise destroyed my childhood in the best way possible, helping to put my psychiatrist's kids through college. However, we shouldn't let nostalgia blind us to the possibility that this new remake could improve upon the original, perhaps even turning out to be #StephenKing's best movie adaptation yet. All they've got to do is cut out that damn spider...
Do you think that the It remake will be better than the '90s TV movie?
(Source — Bloody Disgusting. Poll Image Credit: New Line Cinema)