The South by Southwest festival offered audience members a special insight into the upcoming horror reboot IT this past weekend. Ahead of it's September 8, 2017 premiere this year, those that witnessed the footage of the complete trailer argue that it had people literally jumping out of their seats in fright.
The 1986 novel by horror writer Stephen King saw his creation adapted to a miniseries for ABC in 1990. That three-part run showcased Englishman Tim Curry in the lead role of Pennywise/IT/The Clown. But this incarnation will see 26-year old Swede Bill Skarsgard as the villain of the piece.
Judging by the film synopsis, the movie will hark back to what made the character so scary in the first place.
"The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie. We then move outside, where Georgie is chasing his boat in a rainstorm as it floats next to the curb. Suddenly, Georgie runs right into a street barrier, which knocks him down on the ground. He then watches as his boat sails into a gutter. He runs to the gutter and tries to see if he can see his boat. As he looks deep into the sewers, Pennywise abruptly appears before the screen cuts to black."
New Members Inducted Into The Losers Club
The group of children who are terrorized by Pennywise are all seen in the title, a detail that Bloody-Disgusting expand upon.
"Then we are shown the members of the Loser's Club meeting each other and realizing that they've all been seeing the same entity, before one of them finally says 'The Clown.' Once that happens, the teaser then moves into its centerpiece, 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."
Popping Up In Unexpected Places
For those that did see the 1990 series through their fingers, they know just how frightening the character is. Given the trailer footage, the horror is only being amplified to another level.
"The trailer then blows through a flurry of shots, as most trailers are wont to do. The most striking image from this succession of shots is the unforgettable moment when blood flows out of Beverly's sink, only in Muschietti's film it spews out like a geyser and blasts her in the face. 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. The teaser ends with Bill walking down into his flooded basement, where Georgie's ghost taunts him by repeatedly screaming 'We all float down here!' before 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."