Of all the horror films of 2017, one stands head, shoulders, and red clown nose above the rest when it comes to level of fan anticipation: IT.
Andy Muschetti’s R-rated theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel has been on the tip of just about every horror fan’s tongue for months now, and each new trailer or TV spot has done nothing but make the movie look better.
As of this morning, the first critical reactions to IT have started pouring in via social media, and they’re almost entirely positive. Presented below are but a few of the early reactions.
Jim Vejvoda (IGN)
I can say I saw #IT tonight. And IT was great. Cast is excellent. And, yes, 🤡is scary! This will be a, ahem, monster at the box office.
— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) August 26, 2017
Eric Eisenberg (Cinema Blend)
Thrilled I can now say that IT is spectacular. Totally terrifying, but also amazing fun (the Losers are PERFECT). Top 10 candidate for me. pic.twitter.com/XjQHyNmSEq
— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) August 26, 2017
Perri Nemiroff (Collider)
#ITMovie is everything I hoped for & more. Has heart, laughs & TONS of incredible scares. Fell in love w/ The Losers. Didn't want it to end.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) August 26, 2017
Dan Casey (Nerdist)
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) August 26, 2017
Mike Rougeau (Gamespot)
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) August 26, 2017
Rachel Heine (Nerdist)
— ✨ Rachel Heine ✨ (@RachelHeine) August 26, 2017
Drew Dietsch (Fandom)
— Drew Dietsch 🎈 (@DrewDietsch) August 26, 2017
Steven Wientraub (Collider)
Just saw IT. Really well done. Cast were all great with some twisted visuals. Going to make a ton of money. Ready for the sequel tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/XYTEG39YCX
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) August 26, 2017
For those looking for a more in-depth take on IT, the embargo on full-length written reviews of Muschetti’s film will be lifted on the night of Tuesday, September 5th.
Based on these glowingly positive early reactions though, it appears that IT will end up being worthy of the sky-high expectations most horror fans have for it, as both a fright flick and a King adaptation.
Personally, I can’t wait to see IT on opening night, and judging by the $60 million box office projections currently going around, most of you will be in your local theaters doing the same. It’s times like this I wish someone had invented a time machine capable of being used for things as small as seeing a movie early.