Previously adapted as a TV mini-series in 1990, Stephen King’s hefty bestseller is back as a two-part movie, the first of which introduces The Losers Club – a Stranger Things-like gang of adolescent outsiders forced to confront the evil force festering at the heart of their hometown.
The shape-shifting entity of the title is one Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård), a boogeyman in greasepaint and frills who awakens every 27 years to prey on the local children. Any adaptation of IT succeeds on the strength of its young ensemble cast – the kids here have a great rapport – and of course its monster. For fans of the mini-series, Tim Curry will always be the definitive Pennywise, but Skarsgård’s impish, malevolent portrayal is guaranteed to haunt the nightmares of coulrophobics.
IT works as both a horror film and a coming-of-age tale that echoes another King favourite, Stand by Me – a winning combination that’s made it the highest grossing horror film to date.
Release Date: 20 December 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray 4K
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
DVD & BD
- Deleted Scenes
- Pennywise Lives!
- The Losers Club
- Author of Fear
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- Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook with Alternate Artwork
DID YOU KNOW
- The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not “established” enough. They went on to create Stranger Things, which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie in IT) and pays homage to Stephen King.