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Pennywise, pound the box office. 'It' looks like a hit

Jerome Maida, FOR PHILLY.COM/GEEK

Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:28 PM

Jaeden Lieberher in “It.”

After a horrible August and Labor Day at the box-office, the anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic It looks to dominate September.

Here are five reasons why:

1) Pennywise the Clown is one of King’s scariest creations. Bill Skarsgard brings him to terrifying life — and the result may be the scariest clown in the history of film.

“It’s such an extreme character,” Skarsgard said in an interview with Vulture. “Inhumane, It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.”

Indeed.

2) The trailers have been outstanding and the book has been read by millions over the past three decades. Therefore, if word of mouth is good — as it appears to be — there will be a LOT of people marching to the theater to see It come to life on the big screen.

3) It is truly scary. There are enough stakes involved where you know not everyone is safe, but It doesn’t devolve into a slasher movie where you are just waiting for Pennywise to claim his next victim, either.

4) The execution. This film deserves to be in the conversation with unquestioned King classics like Carrie and Misery. Kudos to director Andy Muschietti.

5) The kids — especially Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh — are alright. Like a cross between Stand By Me and The Goonies, The Losers Club all form a bond with each other and the audience. Lillis’s Marsh centers the group and has quiet gravitas, much like an ’80s iconic actress to whom she is hilariously compared to during the film. You care about these kids as they go against Pennywise, which makes their possible fates all the more scary for the audience.

Jerome Maida, FOR PHILLY.COM/GEEK

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