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Resurrecting Stephen King’s novel to coincide with the legend of the evil entity IT, comes the first chapter in the two-part big screen adaption 27 years after the original.

The storyline follows seven children living in the town of Derry, Maine. In the town kids have started to disappear, including the younger brother of Bill, the leader of the self-named, Losers Club. As the group is hunted by Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) they are forced to face their fears and come together to survive.

IT was not short of jump scares, fickle moments and humour. The writers did an exemplary job of connecting us to the characters, with the dialog between them being the most compelling part. Director Andy Muschietti has done a skilled job in executing the vision that will not let down expectations. Not oversaturating the movie in special effects made it look and feel believable more than was anticipated.

Although it was tough to be fearful with a grin on my face from the witty lines coming from the characters, I think this will be a hit with horror fans and general moviegoers alike.

★★★★

Reviewed by Riley Hooper