“It” is wildly popular amongst students

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Amajla Tricic, Staff Writer

With the recent release of “It” this past September, there has been remarkable buzz following the movie amongst viewers who have been anticipating it for months. Not only has it been a hit with audiences–climbing to the top of the box office the first week of its release– but many critics have also enjoyed the appeal of the movie, scoring a fresh 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

A great deal of people are familiar with the story of Pennywise the Clown and the Losers Club, full of misfits out to defeat the wicked demon who lures young children like them.

The story was first released as a novel by Stephen King in 1986. It was then adapted into a TV mini-series in 1990 and later into the recent movie, which has been sparking debate about which story draws audiences more and how both live up to the novel.

“Oh my god, the new film was terrifying,” said Madison Babicz, a junior at UC. “It was definitely a better adaptation of the book than the original mini-series. The original kind of goes back in time and doesn’t start with the kids like this one did. I did read the book a long time ago and I was definitely too young to know what I was reading, but I think the new film took the important details of what the novel highlighted and held onto those elements instead of just trying to do their own thing.”

Senior Calico Yaworski also saw the appeal with the recent remake and feels there may have not been this kind of hype if it wasn’t for the original.

“I thought the movie was one of the best and scariest I have ever seen, and it seemed to be a feel good horror movie stocked with 80s nostalgia,” Yaworski said. “I did see the mini-series the day before I saw the movie and I thought it was cheesy and unnerving, but most people I know saw the mini-series when they were kids and that’s what makes it scary to them.”

The acting was one of the reasons why Yaworski enjoyed the movie.

“The new one was overall funnier and scarier,” Yaworski said. “The script was extremely well written, the kids were insanely talented, and the scare tactics were on point. It actually seemed like they drew more information from the book.”

The scare tactics Yaworski mentioned influenced others after several incidents of red balloons were spotted in public.

After the exposure of the movie, many were inspired by Pennywise himself to place red balloons around their hometowns to frighten those who understood the reference.  The red balloons were used to lure children in the film.

According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, red balloons were spotted here in Utica and the couple who was involved in planting them confessed to the newspaper they did it for laughs.

“Both Michael and his wife have seen the current release of “It” and the 1990 original. But the idea for the balloons, he said, came from a conversation with his brother-in-law, who lives in Pennsylvania near where a similar prank occurred earlier this month….The couple bought 12 red balloons from Party City for $14, loaded them into their truck and drove around between 10:30 and 11 p.m…dropping them off at different locations in New Hartford, Whitesboro and Utica,” per Utica Observer-Dispatch.

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