Stephen King's "It" opens with record-crushing

What are your thoughts on the reports about Bill Skarsgard having disturbing dreams following his role as Pennywise in Stephen King's "IT?" He is an "it" and able to shape shift into other entities. Experiences Bill and his friends have lead them to realize that there's a creature, who they dub It and often appears in the form of a clown, that's been killing people and terrorizing the town for more than a century.

While it's great for the scare factor, it's not so great for clowns. It has a lovable cast and one of the best horror villains and they all give awesome performances.

The main story focuses on Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) whose little brother Georgie went missing 6 months prior. Parents, teachers, and authorities are either indifferent, in a drunken stupor, or are downright hostile to the things that the kids are trying to say to them. This young lady owns the movie and has one of those rare electric personalities that promise a bright future. This film takes place mostly in 1989 while the book (and mini-series) was in 1958.

Then there's the horror element - which is, arguably, the main draw of the movie. King's description of Pennywise demands a character made up more like Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight. The story has a fullness that makes you care for the characters mental health as much as their physical. The nostalgic feel complements the best part of the story...the power of friendship and connected groups.

While many of us were skeptical about It during its production - they lost director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) early on due to creative differences and the first images that were released of Pennywise were laughably bad - the movie has fully redeemed itself. As for me, I found It to be passable but a bit drawn out and not all that scary.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen. The movie's Friday take alone was bigger than the previous September crown holder, "Hotel Transylvania 2", which pulled in 48.5 million USA dollars for the three days in 2015, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Deccan Chronicle - 2 Stars: Indulge in this misadventure if horror works for you in spite of the repetitiveness and the good old mirrors, open doors, shrieks and shrills still scare the daylights out of you.

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