IT is a home­town hor­ror hit

Northumberland Today - - FRONT PAGE - PETE FISHER

PORT HOPE - IT was a packed house at the Capi­tol The­atre on Mon­day evening for a spe­cial screen­ing of the im­mensely pop­u­lar hor­ror flick based on the Stephen King novel and shot in Port Hope and area.

A VIP screen­ing was put on by Quee­nies Bake Shop owner Adam Pear­son in a spe­cial It event on Fri­day.

The movie It, from di­rec­tor Andy Muschi­etti, has been set­ting records since it opened on Fri­day.

By Sun­day it raked in a whop­ping $123.4 mil­lion break­ing box of­fice records for both Septem­ber film re­leases and hor­ror re­leases. The cost of mak­ing the movie was $35 mil­lion.

The film, set in the late 1980s, is about seven young out­casts fac­ing an an­cient, shape-shift­ing evil clown that comes around ev­ery 27 years in the small com­mu­nity of Derry, Maine.

Last sum­mer It was filmed through­out Port Hope and the town is show­cased through­out the film in­clud­ing aerial shots of the down­town and Ga­naraska River along with street-level views of the town, build­ings, homes and al­ley­ways.

The Capi­tol The­atre’s mar­quee fea­tured ti­tles of movies from the pe­riod, in­clud­ing Bat­man and Lethal Weapon.

Prior to the show­ing of the movie, Stephen King spoke to the au­di­ence about the movie in a recorded in­ter­view.

“My novel it is one of my favourite and most per­sonal works. I’m thrilled it’s made its way to the big screen and I’m even hap­pier to tell you I was blown away by the vi­sion of di­rec­tor Andy Muschi­etti and the stel­lar work of the young cast.”

Muschi­etti and his sis­ter Bar­bara who is a pro­ducer on the film gave a per­sonal shout out to the town of Port Hope.

“Hello Port Hope,” said Bar­bara to cheers from the au­di­ence.

“Hope­fully now you’re all sit­ting on your chairs re­united to watch this movie,” said her brother.

Muschi­etti said with­out the town’s sup­port and love he couldn’t have done the film to­gether with his sis­ter.

“We want (to give) a spe­cial thanks to ev­ery­one in Port Hope for wel­com­ing us, for re­ally be­ing par­tic­i­pants in the process and in par­tic­u­lar hello to Mayor Bob Sander­son. Thank you for ev­ery­thing you guys did. We’re so proud of this film - we hope to en­joy it and we hope to see you soon - very soon,” said his sis­ter giv­ing spec­u­la­tion they may be back to Port Hope.

The video mes­sage ended with her brother say­ing “en­joy It.”

Sarah Orr, a huge It fan, said af­ter the show “It was ev­ery­thing and more.”

Watch­ing the pre­vi­ous film of It, she said “be­cause of to­day’s ad­vances with cin­e­matog­ra­phy and the bril­liance of Andy Muschi­etti, I think it just brought to life It in such a cre­ative, ter­ri­fy­ing and in­ter­est­ing, dif­fer­ent way then the orig­i­nal movie.”

Last sum­mer Orr got a chance to meet the di­rec­tor cin­e­matog­ra­pher Chung-Hoon Chung who gave her a spe­cial treat and showed her a sneak peak at Pen­ny­wise (the de­mon clown).

“They were both amaz­ing and so friendly and I hope they come back to Port Hope again.”

The movie adapts the first half of King’s book, with a se­quel, fol­low­ing the char­ac­ters as adults 27 years later, ex­pected to go into pro­duc­tion next year.


A sin­gle red bal­loon floats in the Capi­tol the­atre on Mon­day as a packed house watched the IT movie by Andy Muschi­etti, which is based on the Stephen King novel, in Port Hope, Ont. It was a spe­cial show­ing of the movie that was largely filmed in Port Hope last sum­mer. VIP tick­ets were given away by Quee­nie's Bake Shop owner Adam Pear­son on Fri­day at an out­door event in cel­e­bra­tion of the movie's re­lease.

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