Saw IT this weekend and was so happy to finally have a Stephen King adaptation that rose to the heights of the book. It was classic 80’s King, which also feels current due to the recent 80’s revival with shows like Stranger Things and the Goldbergs.
My favorite aspect of the film was the fact that Pennywise actually doesn’t have a ton of screen time. After a relatively horrifying opening scene the terror comes more from anticipation than out-and-out horror.
There is a fine line between horror and terror, especially when you’re talking about a Gothic film. Terror is the feeling of dread and anticipation that precedes the horrifying experience. While horror is the feeling of disgust that comes after something terrifying is experienced. So, horror is more related to being creeped out, or scared, while terror is more related to being anxious or fearful. In this regard maybe we should call IT a terror film more than a horror, and I mean this as a compliment.
Here’s hoping the inevitable sequel continues the trend.