Sunday night, against my better judgment, I gave in to my editor’s wishes and headed to Silverspot so I could pay $14.75 in order to be terrified for two hours and 15 minutes.
My original plan of staying as far away from “It” as possible didn’t work out, but what it did do was allow me to go into the theater with no expectations or background knowledge of the movie.
To my surprise, “It” was more than just your typical horror movie. Don’t get me wrong, it is a horror movie, but it’s also a story about kids as outsiders, full of heart, laughs and, of course, plenty of jump scares.
The movie follows a group of seven middle school weirdos in the town of Derry, Maine, as they team up to hunt down a demon clown who is haunting them all. As they learn more about the spirit, known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, they discover he’s been haunting Derry for centuries and only appears every 27 years to take on the form of his victims' biggest fears.
After last summer’s Netflix hit, “Stranger Things,” it’s hard not to get the same vibe from “It,” as the middle school outcasts ride their bikes around town hunting down the supernatural.