Scariest movie I've ever seen; pure nightmare fuel
Just to make it clear, It is absolutely terrifying. It's said in the film industry that what you don't see is scarier than what you do--but It decides to go with the exact opposite formula, and somehow it's the most gut-wrenchingly unsettling movie I've witnessed. During the first scene I was practically overwhelmed with nausea; so much so that I thought I might have to exit the theater. The barrage of graphic, grotesque imagery combined with chilling sound effects, distorted, breakneck pacing and...well, a clown, is the perfect equation for an opening scene that's scary as hell. I don't know what about the first few minutes is so utterly horrifying. All I know is that I experienced a feeling I've only had before on amusement park rides; a visceral objection to the situation, and a bubbling sickness that grabs hold of you, ripping away all logic and injecting an instinctual terror into your every corpuscle. The second Pennywise opened a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, eyes crossed and jaw gaping, I was filled with an overwhelming urge to leave the theater; I felt a horror I've almost never experienced before, a kind of burning, fuzzy, detached sickness. There was just something so inherently wrong and twisted and unnatural about it, something that made me feel as if I'd consumed spoiled food; the silhouette shot of Pennywise's open tooth-filled mouth, a closeup as it bites down on the little kid's arm, eyes horribly bugged out, and then the dizzying camera angle depicting the boy as he crawls through his own blood away from the sewer grate. And so I just kind of sat there frozen in my seat with the rumbling ambient suspense noises quivering into my stomach. The only problem with having an opening this superbly scary is that the rest of the movie had a lesser impact on me; granted, the following several sequences (such as the one featuring a distorted, murderous painting incarnation) were unsettling, but each scene was progressively less intense. Usually horror movies build dread and suspense, producing a chilling climax--It did the opposite. The opening scene made me want to vomit, while the ending carried little weight. That's my main complaint about the film; the rest of it was very well done. If I haven't already made it clear, I don't think this is the best choice for the easily scared, or for young kids. I'm thirteen years old and have seen many, many horror movies, and this was truly terrifying. On top of that there's plentiful swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "f----t," "d--k," "retard," etc.) smoking, and blood and gore. Common sense media's 15+ seems like a good choice for this.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness