Despite its iconic popularity as one of Stephen King’s most well-known novels, It has never been made into a movie. This is because it was made into a TV miniseries instead, and the miniseries proved popular enough, leading to a rash of subpar King sweeps events like “The Langoliers.”

Though a lot of people love Tim Curry’s campy performance as Pennywise the Clown, there’s potential in a more menacing take that has yet to be realized. It is one instance where a remake could work, if it was done right. Now it’s happening, and here’s the first full trailer:

Observations: We’re still getting some of the most well-known symbols of Pennywise’s presence like red balloons — and a kid in a yellow raincoat talking to a sharp-toothed clown in a sewer. We don’t get to hear Pennywise ramble about things “floating” in this trailer, but the kid (“Georgie”) sure does. Instead of the “bwammmmmp” noise we’ve grown accustomed to hearing, it’s a clip of an insane Georgie screeching “YOU’LL FLOAT TOO” over and over with increased distortion. It’s effective…the jump scares less so.

We still don’t have enough information to determine if this is an improvement over the TV version or if it’s another weak jump-scare-heavy dud. We’ll see, I suppose. It creeps into theaters September 8.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I never watched the TV show or the original book but I can't wait for this film. It's weird that I'm looking forward to this film because I'm not a huge fan of horror films or clowns, to be honest, so this should technically be a huge no for me but I'm definitely going to watch the film when it comes out. Penny looks a lot scarier now as well, the clown just looked childish and almost funny in the original TV show. The trailers have looked amazing so far so hopefully the film will be amazing too although these modern horrors tend to only have a few jump scares here and there.

  • July 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Nice, I only saw bits and pieces of the first film. This remake sounds like it might just be even scarier, especially now that we have the technology for better graphics and animation. Could be something worth seeing.

  • July 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I have seen the trailer and I can tell you the direction seems to be good. I guess they may have to work on some of the CGI bits. But overall the whole concept looks good. I expected something like this based on stephen king's novel. It's just that the execution of this concept needs to be proper. But based on what I have seen so far with movie trailer. I guess it's definitely good direction.

  • July 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    That's great that another Stephen King's movies is coming so soon! The fans are waiting!

  • July 28, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I am not a fan of scary movies and even scarier with clowns or dummies. This time he looks scarier and the trailer actually scared me so I guess this movie will turn out to be a good one, there is something about scary movies that make me not want to stay away even if I am terrified.

  • July 28, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I'm very much a fan of Stephen King (he is amazing!) and I'm really looking forward to watch this remake. 🙂

    For everything I've seen so far, they seem to have hit on abcolutely everything! 😀

  • July 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Since I personally loved the whole creepy-clowns-across-America incidents, I know I'm going to love this movie (either if the incidents are related to the movie or not). This is one of the few books by Stephen King I haven't read. I'll make sure to make time to read it before the movie's released.

  • July 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I haven't read any Stephen King novel, but since I love the horror genre in general, I would like to check this film out to see if I would like it.

  • July 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I do not generally like horror movies but Stephen King is an amazing author. I would love to see him write something in the romance or drama genre. But this film should be a hit like his other books.

  • August 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Stephen King is beyond phenomenal. His genius style of writing never ceases to thrill and amaze me. I did read the book and watch the first version of the film. The book was much better. I feel that the newer version will correct the flaws of the first and enhance its greatness. Can't wait to see it!

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