No Rational Explanation for “It”

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After a miserable summer for movies, with the box-office down some 15 percent across the board, September brought a big surprise: a modestly budgeted fright-fest with no big names smashed all records for horror films and for September releases in general.

It, based on a 1986 Stephen King novel and a 90s TV miniseries, centers on an ageless cannibal clown who arises from the sewers of a Maine town every 27 years to murder and mutilate local children. A group of outcast 13-year-olds does battle with this demonic force, while the film’s only adults engage in incest, sadism, attempted rape, child abuse, and wanton cruelty.

As in many Stephen King stories, supernatural power functions only on the dark side, never balanced by the goodly or the godly. The only genuinely scary aspect of the whole It phenomenon is the public reception for this mediocre product: the $117 million in opening weekend business is as grotesque as anything on screen.

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  1. Jack  •  Sep 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Liberals seem to often make films where the young people are good and wise and the adults are wicked and clueless. The one that comes to mind first is that horrible film American Beauty and then The Graduate. Not sure why that premise appeals to them, but like most of their politicial beliefs, it is almost completely inconsistent with reality.

    After watching 30 years of American movies, it puzzles me why so many have horrible scenes of abuse, torture, and gore. I think it says something about us as a culture that we enjoy watching horrible things like this in our free time. it seems like Hollywood never grows tired of making graphic serial killer movies.

    • Dan  •  Sep 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Jack, you are 100% right! The reason for inverting reality in films (young being wise and old being clueless, police being corrupt and criminals being "misunderstood", etc. is simple: Cultural Marxism. The Marxists realized that Americans had too much regard for various figures of authority and even hierarchy for a class-less "utopia" to prevail here. Therefore, they had to tear down any figures of reverence, respect, or authority in the culture: reverence for Founding Fathers, respect for clergy, law enforcement, etc.

      • Ty  •  Sep 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

        Welp, someone wrote the phrase "Cultural Marxism"

        time for a drink

        (sips tropical passion iced tea I just picked up from coffee bean)

        I have a clip that is closer to the sensibilities of people here, now brace yourselves, the mention of rainbows is not trying to turn society gay, calm down.

  2. Judy  •  Sep 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Just reading about this movie makes my skin crawl. Why would I spend money to get the ……… scared out of me????

    • Al Kholos  •  Sep 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      The reason to go see this film is that folks clearly need the escapism, and have since the early days of movies, including the "Silents." Nothing is more effective at distracting ourselves from problems real or imagined than the movies. And scary movies are scarier than "real life" which is often unavoidable.

  3. John D. Fiat  •  Sep 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I'd say that the movie was slightly entertaining, but certainly not worth seeing twice. And Michael nailed how the adults are depicted. There is not one normal adult in the entire town. (The most normal one was the black kid's grandfather, and he put bolts through sheep's heads for a living) I mean, it's just not realistic whatsoever. But the biggest disappointment was that it wasn't scary in the least!

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