It (2017)

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, It takes us to the town of Derry, where children keep disappearing for many years and no one knows how.
The story follows the lives of a bunch of school kids, who call themselves ‘the Losers’. Bill, played by Jaeden Lieberher, cannot stop thinking about his younger brother Georgie, who also disappeared six months back. There is a mysterious otherworldly presence that seems to be haunting the town, and is responsible for the children’s disappearance. It’s up to Bill and his friends to figure out what the hell is going on and stop it. Do not read too much about the film before watching it. The less you know, the more you will enjoy it.

The feel of the movie is similar to Netflix’s Stranger Things where the kids in the 80’s are trying to find the supernatural happenings in their neighborhood, but minus the sci-fi elements. The movie has drama, comedy, and horror elements, all in right amounts. Unlike most horror films, It is a drama first and that’s refreshing.

The ensemble of the child actors is amazing and each character has a memorable quirk. Individual stories are nicely fleshed out and everyone delivers a strong performance. The character of the clown, played by Bill Skargard, is scary and menacing to watch.

Director Andy Muschietti does a fabulous job in only his second feature film after the average supernatural horror, Mama. He expertly balances the intensity of the scares at every step leading to the finale.

IT is one of the best horror movies of this year. It’s funny, warm, touching and frightening. You’ll be craving for a sequel.

It floats. You’ll float too.

Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2


Directed by: Andy Muschietti

Screenplay by: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman

Based on: It by Stephen King

Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung


Annabelle: Creation

After the success of the spine-chilling horror-flick, The Conjuring, a sort of franchise was created which consisted of a series of nail-biting experiences with, Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, and now the prequel, Annabelle: Creation.

This film takes us back to the origin of the spooky doll and how it was possessed by an evil spirit. Mr & Mrs. Cullins are lonely for many years after the death of their daughter. To bring some happiness in their lives they welcome a Nun and some orphanage girls to stay with them. Slowly these girls start experiencing the evil residing in the house.

The story mostly focusses on Linda(Lulu Wilson) and Janice (Talitha Bateman). They are BFFs and you can feel their deep bond. It was a good setup but it wasn’t effectively used in the film.

The story offers some decent early jump scares. But eventually, the story becomes very obvious and predictable. The movie has many illogical loopholes with no attention to the causal-affect relationship of the events that proceed in the film. Lots of cliche horror elements are used like an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, creaky doors, a forbidden room and an old well.

The story lacks depth and the investigative touch which The Conjuring had managed to achieve and it is still the best film in the franchise. Director David Sandberg, who made the acclaimed horror film ‘Lights Out’, uses nearly every trick in the book to make the film scary. While some scenes are scary enough to make you close your eyes, but weak writing brings the film down.

Overall, Annabelle Creation promises to give some seriously scary moments and nothing much else.

Rating – 💋💋 & 1/2


Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Produced by: Peter Safran, James Wan

Written by: Gary Dauberman

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto

Music: Benjamin Wallfisch

Cinematography: Maxime Alexandre