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Nerve-Shattering Scares
by James Colt Harrison

 Evil clown Pennywise is going to eat more little children! He’s going to slice them up into little tidbits of kiddie flesh in those shark-like, razor teeth of his. He doesn’t brush them, so there are bits still clinging to the rotting residue hanging like shredded curtains from his lips and bicuspids. We are introduced again to Stephen King’s deliciously evil Pennywise, as adapted from his novel, in the new Warner Bros film by director Andy Muschietti, IT Chapter 2.

If running screaming from the theater is your thing, then we suggest you put on your running shoes now. Start warbling your voice for screams, for you will surely be running up and down the scales at top volume. High C is probably the most effective--- and most shrill.

Pennywise (the marvelous, devilish young actor Bill Skarsgard) resurfaces every 27 years. The original gang of The Loser’s Club seriously injured Pennywise, and he needed to go into hibernation to regain his strength. And regain it he does! It’s time again for him to terrorize the small town of Derry. All the original kids are grown up now and are summoned to return to Derry for a reunion and to kill off Pennywise. But, with all those horrible memories still haunting them, will they return?

They foolishly do return to town and gather to plan their murdering scheme. Jessica Chastain plays the beautiful Beverly Marsh, essayed as a teen by Sophia Lillis. Formerly fat and unlovable Ben has transformed his body into a powerful, muscle-bound hot young guy, as played by Jay Ryan. Comic Bill Hader plays the loud-mouthed Los Angeles DJ Richie Tozier. He uses the “F” word a little too often, and it shows little imagination on the part of the screenwriter.

All the original kids reprise their roles and remind us again who they were in the scheme. They look just as delicious to Pennywise now that they are grownup, so he is anticipating a lovely feast, perhaps with a glass of Chardonnay to wash them down.

Special effects have been cranked up, and the scary parts positively shatter your nerves. Perhaps it is too much, a little overdone, and overpowering to the plight of the characters. But everyone gets his just deserts, especially Pennywise. He gets to lick his fingers a lot.

We get chills up and down our spine when we hear the crunching and snapping of little bones as Pennywise begins his gourmet feasts. Push the little dears down into the sewer.  Gobble, gobble, gobble. Ahhhh!

(Released by Warner Bros/ New Line Entertainment and rated “R” for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.)

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