‘It’ and ‘Inhumans’ – Scaring up a box office win

By on September 13, 2017

‘It’

It was hard to discern the screams of horror from the sighs of relief over the weekend as people packed into theaters to catch a glimpse of “It.”

The film adaptation of the Stephen King novel brought record setting results to a summer box office slump, which provided some of the weakest weekend turn outs in decades; “It” changed it all by posting a $117 million opening weekend, making the horror flick the largest September opening film of all time (besting “Hotel Transylvania 2”) while appealing to most fans.

“It” is the story of Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgård), who terrifies the town of Derry, Maine, every 27 years by stealing away the small town’s children. Up against this evil is a “Stand By Me”-reminiscent group of kiddos: Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff). Bill is the leader who lost his brother to Pennywise while the tot was chasing a paper boat down a sewer drain. Powered by each individual’s fears, the ghoulish clown haunts the group while leaving a trail of limbs and blood in his wake.

“I’m not usually a fan of horror, but I think it was well done although not as scary as I anticipated,” said Meredith M. of Lancaster. “It was creepy without over-complicating the monster, and I really felt for Georgie and Bill.”

“It” is rated a solid R for violence and language. And it should be. I remember being horrified by the book and little bits and pieces of the tome flooded back to me as I enjoyed this movie with a packed audience during an early showing.

Something that is really bugging me about all the “It” chatter are the comparisons to “the original.” There is no original! The 1990 version of this tale was a made as a primetime miniseries an was tied to the constraints of network television. The TV “It” won an Emmy for Music Composition, but otherwise was a piece of junk. Whatever problems a viewer might have with the version in theaters it far outshines the TV sap.

“It” skips the novel’s inclusion of the characters turned adult, setting up a sequel. The film also moves the story forward in time by placing it in the ‘80s instead of King’s favorited era of the 1950s. I kind of liked this.

‘Inhumans’

So, while we are on the subject of television, the folks at Marvel have pulled a reverse action to what happened with “It.” While the horror flick went from TV to feature film, Marvel unleashed the first two episodes of their new fall show “Inhumans” on Imax.

Being a true Marvel homer, I forked over the cash to get an early look at the TV show and was both impressed and disappointed by my decision. I love everything Marvel, so I ate “Inhumans” up. The Imax shots were beautiful, but seemed out of context.

The story of the Inhumans is of a race of genetically altered individuals who reside on a moon-based monarchy. (The lead-up back story can be found by watching the show “Marvel: Agents of Shield.”) When the not-so-special king’s brother (Maximus, played by Iwan Rheon of Game of Thrones’ Ramsey Bolton infamy) overthrows the reigning Blackbolt (Anson Mount) and queen Medussa (Serinda Swan) the royal family find themselves hapless on planet Earth.

Also a reversal of “It,” “Inhumans” failed to draw a crowd. I was literally one of two people at the Saturday showing. The question now is, how will the show perform when it debuts on ABC later this month?

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