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Clowns have never been one of my fears. I’m more the ghost fearing type. Though, I never liked costumed adults as a kid–the Easter Bunny, Mickey Mouse at Disney Land, and mall Santas were always on my “avoid at all costs” lists. Perhaps I never developed the clown fear because I never saw any in person as a kid. I wonder if the 1990 It movie had something to do with that, or if clowns just were no longer in fashion. The movie was certainly something everyone knew about–something that even elicited a slight bulge of the eyes when mentioned. Pennywise, the clown, is a face known by most, even if they’ve never seen the film. It’s an iconic horror that despite its age has persevered in our minds as one of the classics.

I never watched much of the original It. The few times I tried was when I was young and didn’t realize it was actually a four-hour mini series. However, I am excited about the new It movies coming to theaters on September 8th. Here is the trailer:

Creepy! What this film is all about of course is a Stephen King book by the same name. The story revolves around a shapeshifting, immortal alien that terrorizes and murders the children in Derry, Maine. This alien is most commonly referred to as Pennywise and frequently takes the shape of a clown. A group of somewhat awkward kids band together to form the Losers Club and decide to fight against this creature to stop the killings of children.

Now, this It film has cast Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. He has big [clown] shoes to fill considering Tim Curry played the original. You know, the actor who starred as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror, as well as roles from a long list of other great movies. However, I have high hopes for Bill Skarsgård. I enjoyed his role in the Netflix original show Hemlock Grove. In that show, he plays a vampire. Which is a little funny considering his older brother was none other than Eric–the Nordic vampire–from HBO’s True Blood. However, Bill didn’t appear to have gotten his vampire role because of big brother connections but because his acting was really great. I’m curious to see how he captures Pennywise.

The new It movie is expected to make an absolute killing at the box office. One huge reason is that it doesn’t have any competition. September films aren’t really known for their eye popping box office earnings, but people are hopeful nonetheless. Right now is also a revival of Stephen King on tv and in movie. Dark Towers just released this month in theaters. That film is about a gun-slinging Idris Elba trying to rid the world of the evil sorcerer played by Matthew McConaughey. There is also Mr. Mercedes, that is still at the start of its first season. That show is about a psychopath driving a stolen Mercedes into a crowd–killing and injuring many–and a retired detective trying to capture him after.

Despite how much interest there seems to be in the It film they, of course, want to bolster even more. Therefore, they made a game. That’s right, there is now an It game. The game is an 8-bit online game where you maneuver a paper boat in the underground sewers of Derry, Maine. The aim is to collect red balloons for points and avoid things like sewer walls, missing posters, and Pennywise the clown. You can play the game here.

The game is actually pretty fun! You use your right and left arrow on the keyboard to attempt deftly moving around the tunnel. The biggest enemy to your ship is the cinder blocks in the path. Those things take me out every time! It’s easy to get a little obsessed trying to get a high score. My measly high score is a mere eight thousand points at the moment. What scores can you manage?

I think this is a great marketing strategy for the movie. Who would think otherwise with a free, addictive game available to anyone with internet access? It certainly is a simple game, something reminiscent of older times. Which appears to be something the film as a whole reaches for. The It movie takes place in 1989–unlike how the original was in the 50’s–and really takes the era by the bull horns. I’m sure you didn’t miss the dated clothing and atmosphere in the trailer. This nostalgia in horror movies and tv is becoming a thing in my opinion. Other examples are Stephen Spielberg’s Super 8 and Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Speaking of Stranger Things, it only exists because of It. Apparently, the Duffer Brothers who created Stranger Things wanted to make an It adaption but were not allowed the rights. That is when they moved on to make Stranger Things instead. Which is still inspired by It in ways. The show has tons of Stephen King references (something Stephen King even mentions in this tweet).

Are you all going to watch It? This looks like a horror film with an enormous potential for quality–something I think doesn’t happen often. That means I’m definitely going to watch it, even though I’m a complete scaredy cat when it comes to scary movies. Also, don’t forget to check out the It game!


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11 thoughts on “Lilos’ Lair #18: It Movie’s 8-bit Game

  1. wolfbro92 says:

    The IT movie is legendary from the old days. I am glad they made the new movie too, to relive the old one. To see a game made for it as well is certainly great news, imma try it if i can. Btw, Lilo, you look stunning in that pic =)

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  2. unvrso says:

    The clown in this movie really makes anyone chill of terror. I wouldn´t like to be in the shoes of anyone in this mooovie. I´m afraid of clowns

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  3. joseph richards says:

    This looks awesome!. i watched the original it. i have to agree it was alittle boring. could have been the age and year of the make without the special affects and such. but the storyline was great. also i loved hemlock grove and the actors so im hoping that’s also beneficial

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  4. miakayuuki2012 says:

    I am not a big fan of the HORROR genre. I know this is gonna make money but, it is not for me.

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  5. saviourv says:

    So, you only got 8,000 points in this game, eh? Well, I managed to get 15,800 points just now. It’s not too difficult initially, but the obstacles do spawn a little closer together the better you get. 😉

    Personally, though, I’m still a fan of the old “IT”; Tim Curry’s role as Pennywise still stands out in the recesses of my childhood memories. This newest adaptation will have to bring more to the table to impress me, IMHO.

    Let’s hope it’s a good one.

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  6. I need understood the fear of clowns. I always thought they were amusing.

    I tried the 8 bit game. It was fun, just need to focus on popping those balloons. The clown’s laugh is annoying though.

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  7. Albeneth says:

    Yes! I will certainly going to watch it. I love to watch horror because I like scares and thrills. And will later check out the game as well.

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  8. valine13 says:

    Stephen King really is great when it comes to creating horror stories. It’s very effective.

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  9. darkkvader says:

    I’m definitely going to watch this! I love scary movies!

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  10. wokerful says:

    There were some people at the bus stop and then It came and scare them. They really run from the IT. It´s just scary

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  11. Using just the left and right arrows in the keyboard seems easy to do. With that being said, the 8-bit online game is appears easy and recommendable especially for non-gamers like me.

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