New IT Adaptation

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Are you excited for this movie

  • YES

    Votes: 16 88.9%
  • NO

    Votes: 2 11.1%

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Mar 11, 2016
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So the trailer for the new adaptation of IT was released the other day and I like a lot of people are excited about it. However, while looking through the comments all I see are people saying something like "Ugh, this is just a cash grabbing thing filled with jump scares." or "This is going to suck compared to the original movie." These things kind of aggravate me because this film is not a remake of the crappy miniseries from the 90's it is it's own adaptation of the brilliant novel. This trailer to me looks like it's going to faithful to the book because we see brief images of Eddie with the Leper, the fire at the Black Spot, and 29 Neibolt St. I think most of the people who don't like the trailer have not read the book.
I would love to hear people's thoughts on this.
 

GNTLGNT

The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
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So the trailer for the new adaptation of IT was released the other day and I like a lot of people are excited about it. However, while looking through the comments all I see are people saying something like "Ugh, this is just a cash grabbing thing filled with jump scares." or "This is going to suck compared to the original movie." These things kind of aggravate me because this film is not a remake of the crappy miniseries from the 90's it is it's own adaptation of the brilliant novel. This trailer to me looks like it's going to faithful to the book because we see brief images of Eddie with the Leper, the fire at the Black Spot, and 29 Neibolt St. I think most of the people who don't like the trailer have not read the book.
I would love to hear people's thoughts on this.
....people that comment like that, simply love seeing themselves talk.....for us that know the work-cautious optimism I think would be a fair way to sum it up....
 
Mar 30, 2017
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I can speak as someone who has only seen the mini-series and not finished the book yet.

I don't think it's the content within the trailer that is bugging people, it's the LOOK. The trailer presents itself in a very modern movie way. Three good examples of that is the framing of scenes as jump scares, changing the picture book to a projector which to me is less effective. Hair blowing out of the face and showing the monster instead seems very modern horror movie and unoriginal along with using the same kind of MAMA scare with Pennywise running at Bill in quick speed. These are just very unoriginal moments and they feel tonally off.

So I kinda am with those people. It's not the content that's the problem it's the presentation, the music didn't help either. It felt very unspectacular, whereas the theme to the mini-series was completely dread inducing. Also, I'm not a fan of the switch to the 80's the 50's was perfect for the feel of the story and I'm still having a hard time understanding why they changed that.

HAVING SAID ALL THAT...I'm super pumped for the movie and I am currently trying to secure the poster from my movie theater that I work at.
 
Mar 30, 2017
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I love the 80's too don't get me wrong but it was cool that IT was a 50's horror story. It felt unique because of it. The cool thing about it was that we got the 50's AND the 80's. Now we get the 80's and present which is a horrible era of horror to me. :p
 

twiggymarie

Daughter of One
Mar 17, 2011
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Personally, I love that they updated it to 1989/present day. I have no qualms with that whatsoever.

Same here! I think they moved it up in the timeline to draw newer audiences in, which is a smart move (I think) on their part. I also feel that the slide projector thing is so 80s that it's genius on the part of the adaptor. Pennywise is timeless, (you know, being immortal and all), and while the trailer is obviously showing jump-scares and stuttered effects to draw in newer viewers, it seems like they will be staying truer the book than the series.

I just watched It with the brats on Sunday, and the entire time, I kept eye-twitching. And the ending was just cringe inducing. It's really probably not the fault of the producers as much it is the fact the movie was a 90s made for TV series. That combined with the cheap and cheesy cinematography and cheapening of the confrontation between It and the Loser's club just falls so flat. Tim Curry was still great, though. He was creepier to me in The Three Musketeers personally, however.

I'm pretty damn excited for this one, especially since The Dark Tower seems to be falling sadly short so far.
 

AchtungBaby

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Dec 5, 2011
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Same here! I think they moved it up in the timeline to draw newer audiences in, which is a smart movie (I think) on their part. I also feel that the slide projector thing is so 80s that it's genius on the part of the adaptor. Pennywise is timeless, (you know, being immortal and all), and while the trailer is obviously showing jump-scares and stuttered effects to draw in newer viewers, it seems like they will be staying truer the book than the series.

I just watched It with the brats on Sunday, and the entire time, I kept eye-twitching. And the ending was just cringe inducing. It's really probably not the fault of the producers as much it is the fact the movie was a 90s made for TV series. That combined with the cheap and cheesy cinematography and cheapening of the confrontation between It and the Loser's club just falls so flat. Tim Curry was still great, though. He was creepier to me in The Three Musketeers personally, however.

I'm pretty damn excited for this one, especially since The Dark Tower seems to be falling sadly short so far.
I agree with you on all counts.
 

swiftdog2.0

I tell you one and one makes three...
Mar 16, 2010
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Be careful with labeling and generalizing people based on their opinion of the trailer. You can't fairly assess someone's familiarity with the novel based on how they feel about the trailer.

I am one of the few that wasn't impressed with the trailer.

I have read the book multiple times. Additionally, I have a wide and ranging knowledge of the horror genre (film and print).

I wasn't impressed with what I saw. I have seen far too many bad movies made from top notch source material to get my hopes up.

What I saw looks to be cliched film making heavily influenced by some of the Japenese horror films of the last 20 years. Not trying to rain on anyone's parade. Just how I feel.

To paraphrase Dennis Miller, "That'a just my opinion and I could be wrong."
 

skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
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I'm wondering exactly what year the new adaptation is supposed to be set in? My daughter pointed out today that if it was set in 1990, opening it in 2017 and setting it modern day (27 years later, Pennywise's favorite time span) is a great marketing angle :)
 

Steffen

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....the time switch is no biggie.....kids are still lumped as "Losers" no matter WHAT decade they're from....that dynamic itself is timeless....all the speculation means squat until we see the film in it's entirety.....

Precisely. I'm already tired of seeing people talk about the "jump scares" (there was ONE, at the end) and being presumptuous about the entire film based on a two-minute teaser. It's a teaser - they're designed to be short, punchy and focus on the "action" bits to rope viewers in. If you want character development, that's why you watch the entire film. And let's face it - this ain't the seventies any more: contemporary techniques like "jump scares" are going to pop up whether we like them or not (I'm not a fan of them either). The question is whether the director will overly rely on this and similar techniques at the expense of building suspense. Again, we're going to have to wait until the film comes out to judge.

Personally, I think it looks great. I dig the update to the 80s. ANY era pre-Internet/cell phones will evoke the right touch of nostalgia that the book did, once the creative team know what they're about. What did the Losers do in the book? Play outside, explore nature, talk about movies and music and other aspects of pop culture, make friends. That's exactly what we did back in the 80s.

Bottom line: if you don't like what you see, then vote with your wallet. I apply the same rule I always do with any film that comes out - unless the critics are paying for my ticket, I'll go watch it in theatres and then decide afterwards whether I wasted my money. If I did, life will go on, and as SK himself says, I still have the book.
 

Steffen

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Aug 9, 2015
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I'm wondering exactly what year the new adaptation is supposed to be set in? My daughter pointed out today that if it was set in 1990, opening it in 2017 and setting it modern day (27 years later, Pennywise's favorite time span) is a great marketing angle


It's set in 1989, so they have the luxury of the 27-30 year cycle to set the sequel in "our" time.:)
 

skimom2

Just moseyin' through...
Oct 9, 2013
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Precisely. I'm already tired of seeing people talk about the "jump scares" (there was ONE, at the end) and being presumptuous about the entire film based on a two-minute teaser. It's a teaser - they're designed to be short, punchy and focus on the "action" bits to rope viewers in. If you want character development, that's why you watch the entire film. And let's face it - this ain't the seventies any more: contemporary techniques like "jump scares" are going to pop up whether we like them or not (I'm not a fan of them either). The question is whether the director will overly rely on this and similar techniques at the expense of building suspense. Again, we're going to have to wait until the film comes out to judge.

Personally, I think it looks great. I dig the update to the 80s. ANY era pre-Internet/cell phones will evoke the right touch of nostalgia that the book did, once the creative team know what they're about. What did the Losers do in the book? Play outside, explore nature, talk about movies and music and other aspects of pop culture, make friends. That's exactly what we did back in the 80s.

Bottom line: if you don't like what you see, then vote with your wallet. I apply the same rule I always do with any film that comes out - unless the critics are paying for my ticket, I'll go watch it in theatres and then decide afterwards whether I wasted my money. If I did, life will go on, and as SK himself says, I still have the book.
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