by Caitlin Howery
Why did I sign myself up for this? I hate scary movies. I’ve only seen two horror flicks: “Insidious,” and “The Devil Inside.” Both were creepy as fuck. So today, it’s not even the crazy killer clown that frightens me. My dad used to dress up like a clown. He had the entire outfit. He wore the giant red shoes, the crazy polka dot pants and shirt, and he even had the huge red nose that squeaked obnoxiously when you squeezed it. So clowns have never been a legitimate fear for me. I’m just afraid of scary movies. Because I’m likely to piss myself while watching this, I asked my boyfriend to go with me. I have to suffer, so my boyfriend must suffer too.
I’ve never felt so inclined to say the word, “Ew.” I probably said, “Ew” at least twenty or thirty times throughout the movie. Every time the word launched itself from my lips, my boyfriend would look over at me and laugh. Anytime I was shocked or scared, all I could manage to say was “Ew.” I think it was my own weird way to avoid screaming or jumping out of my seat.
“It” will stick with you. Over a week has gone by since I went to see the movie and it’s still on my mind. My eyes were assaulted over and over again throughout the film. While the movie mostly consisted of frightful surprises, suspenseful music and gruesome effects, it was nice to see that there was some dark humor tucked in there too. So even if you aren’t too fond of scary movies but have a dark sense of humor, there will for sure be some moments for you to enjoy. “It” really sends you in a constant spiral of fear and laughter. You build emotional connections to the characters, so then you feel like a proud parent when they take charge and do something brave. Some moments, you feel a great sense of pride and appreciation for brotherhood and friendship, but then something unexpected erupts and suddenly you’re terrified and forget that it’s just a movie. “It” will take you on a trip. Please take your friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, sibling, your mom, your grandma, or really anyone to see this movie. If you do anything for the rest of your life, just go see “It.”
Fun Fact: I did not piss myself. Surprisingly, it was my boyfriend who expressed fear. The brave one, who only wanted to go so he could make fun of the movie, actually jumped. Even with all the lights off, I could still see the hint of embarrassment spread across his face. It was adorable. While he tried to laugh off the fact that he actually felt the feeling of fear, I proudly walked out of that theater with dry pants on.
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