Stephen King’s “It” Remake: Teaser Trailer Review
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, remakes are here to stay.
And while I am not a diehard fan of the retelling of a classic, I can buy into the idea if done appropriately, such as the 2004 version of “Dawn of the Dead.” In that particular case, the movie was approached from a fresh angle. Aside from a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse inside of a shopping mall, there was little reminder of the original; which is how a remake should be handled. Because if I want to watch the original, that’s what I’ll do. But I am vehemently against copying a movie, character-for-character, scene-for-scene, in only an effort to revamp it for monetary gain. Take for example, another Stephen King story, “Carrie,” which was beautifully portrayed in its original form; nothing needed to be done to retell this novel, yet for some reason there remain three separate versions, (which are nearly identical to the first, save for a few minor changes), one sequel, and thankfully, a very canceled broadway show. Please stop rehashing this story! There are far too may talented, yet undiscovered, storytellers who can come up with a much better plot line than the reconstituted pile of cheesiness that has been grated into the majority of remakes.
That being said, I really wanted to give the new “It” a chance, because the original miniseries happens to be one of the most frightening experiences from my childhood. And I am not a member of the “I hate clowns” camp either. I still think “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” deserves a spot amongst the movie related tattoos that adorn my body. My mother recently reminded me that I had a history of Coulrophobia, though I had to correct her, it wasn’t clowns that I feared, but rather Pennywise who was the culprit.
So, much like any other self-respecting horror fanatic, I was eager to give him the chance to scare the living daylights out of me again. The teaser trailer, though premature with a fall release, seemed very promising, until it wasn’t. Based on what I saw, it just might be, another verbatim vomitfest. The only thing that seems to have changed is Pennywise got a makeover, and Georgie incites disturbing laughter by smacking himself on the head while chasing his paper boat. Maybe the latter was a good addition after all, and maybe none of us should be laughing at a kid hitting his head, but we live in an age where the “Cash Me Outside” girl gets to be a millionaire for telling off her mom, and a new episode of “Ow My Balls” is coming to your Facebook feed soon… We’re allowed to laugh, and we did. So maybe this retelling is brilliant in its own right… time will tell. The best thing about the original Pennywise was that he was likable, and kind of cute, and he was Tim Curry, which made him inevitably frightening and delicious at the same time. Updated Pennywise on the other hand sort of resembles a bloat-headed version of a few boys I flirted with as a teenager – trust me, no one wants to relive that.
I realize the original was supposed to be a somewhat family-friendly miniseries, and the new version is a film that probably doesn’t have as many censorship constraints which usually equals: scary as hell. But I did not see anything in the teaser that would make me excited enough buy a ticket for it in theater come September when it is released; yes, this is a hint to the studio to mix a more compelling trailer because I want this film to be amazing. 🙂
Sagan Amery is a content creator, horror movie fanatic, and vocalist of the hard rock band, Hail Sagan, out of Los Angeles. For more information, or to contact Ms. Amery, please visit www.hailsaganofficial.com