– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has a lot to live up to. Of course, it goes without saying that the original novel is a horror classic, but in addition to that, many audience members have fond memories of the original 1990s mini-series starring Tim Curry. Sure, if you actually look back at that adaptation, it doesn’t really hold up too well, but nostalgia goggles are a powerful thing, so in the eyes of many, it will always be a big uphill battle.

Several weeks back, we got our first look at the film with its teaser trailer, and man did that thing look creepy. However, as with every Stephen King adaptations, the scares are only one part of the package. The author is also well known for creating memorable characters and settings. Between books like IT and The Body, he helped to create a staple interpretation of life as a ‘50s kid. Would thisnew film be able to capture that?

Warner Bros has just released a “first look,” and in said first look, we get to see an actual interaction between all the members of the Losers Club, which takes place in the literal bowels of Derry. I have to say, even though it was just one scene between them, they really seem to have nailed the dynamic. Of course, that isn’t the only thing we saw in the first look.

At the front end of it was a sizzle reel that shows the uncertainty and inherent weakness of being a child when something scary is happening. It also shows one of the gang (Bill Denbrough, I believe) introducing Beverly Marsh to the Losers Club. The real gold, however, comes after the sewer scene. We’re treated to some scares, along with another reveal of Pennywise the Clown, which shows a bunch of red balloons float up, revealing his terrifying face.

The official synopsis for IT is below:

“New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

“When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. “

If there was ever a moment I doubted this adaptation, I’d say those are gone with the wind by this point. What did you think? Does this clip get you any more excited to check out the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

Stephen King’s IT hits theaters on September 8, 2017.

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SOURCE: Warner Bros (via KinoCheck)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.