Pennywise the Clown in IT

The ending of the IT movie isn’t scary. But rather than undoing a pretty great horror film, an unexpected tonal swerve at the end of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal novel secures its greatness.

Make no mistake, IT is a scary movie – and a versatile one at that. Straight up, Bill Skarsgård is completely lost within Pennywise, and the other forms of IT – representations of childhood fears brought to Mama-esque life – unnerve in equal measure. It’s more than just well-executed sequences building to jump scare jolts or greatly relieving fake-outs, though. Derry is a nightmare town, the darkest version of the ...

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