It | Misfit teens take on Stephen King’s killer clown in this coming-of-age horror tale

It 2017 Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

You’ll float too. 

A spunky bunch of misfit teenage kids strive to defeat the diabolical killer clown menacing their small New England town in supernatural horror thriller It, based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

Director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation relocates the action from the 1950s to the 1980s and confines itself to the flashback portions of King’s brick of a book, setting up the promise of a sequel to tackle the half dealing with the characters in adulthood.

Subtract the supernatural elements and we could be back in the childhood world of Stand by Me as the story’s self-described Losers’ Club – including plucky stuttering Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), tubby bookish Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), hypochondriac Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and tomboy Beverly (Sophia Lillis) – go through their rite-of-passage adventure. Here, however, the friends are not only up against older teenage bullies but the demonic Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgård), a shape-shifting evil entity that reappears every 27 years taking forms that embody its victims’ deepest fears.

To be honest, Muschietti’s movie is better at the tale’s teen-bonding bits than its scary ones (the young cast are fabulous), and when it comes to doling out frights nothing tops the chilling opening sequence in which Skarsgård’s creepy, sewer-dwelling clown entices Bill’s innocent younger brother Georgie towards the perilous opening of a storm drain.

Certificate 15. Runtime 135 mins. Director Andy Muschietti

It (aka It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club) is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.