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Natalie Valiente Marroquin, Staff Writer

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The following article contains spoilers about the movie. 

On September 8, 2017, producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame- Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti, released the novel- based, supernatural horror film “It”. Selling at $604.4 million in top box office, the movie scored an 85% on rotten tomatoes, with a rating at 7.2/10. The movie is based on Stephen King’s original novel and includes only half of the book. 

The movie begins in Derry, Maine in October 1988, when Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberther) helps his little brother, Georgie make a paper sailboat. Georgie, eager to play with it, takes the boat outside and chases it down after accidentally dropping it. The paper boat sails down the street and ends up falling down into the sewer. As he looks into the sewer, Pennywise (an evil creature the takes the form of a clown), playfully speaks to Georgie and offers him his boat back. As Georgie reaches in however, pennywise grabs his arm, sinks his teeth into it, and drags him down the sewer.

Eight months later,. The setting moves onto a school building to introduce Bill and his friends Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff), being harassed by Henry Bowers, a psychotic school bully. Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon, and Beverly Marsh join in what is known as the “Losers’ Club” and discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. When the “Losers” come to realize that Pennywise gains strength by feeding on their own fears, they all band together to face their fears and bring an end to the terrorizing clown.

Having read both the book and watched the movie, I would recommend “It” to anyone looking for a thrill. The film’s visual effects create a gimmicky, yet grotesque-looking clown that leaves the audience with chills at every scene. The  mysterious supernatural entity that is terrorizing seven of the towns bullied kids, draws you into what will happen to each character. The satirical humor of Richie and Eddie also appeals to younger audience and leaves you trembling, yet giggling at the same time. Overall, this movie is worth the watch.

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IT Thrills Audiences in Theaters