‘It isn’t just a hor­ror movie’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Au­thor Stephen King’s books have churned out some of the big­gest films in Hol­ly­wood. The 1994 film, The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion, which is adapted from his novella, ti­tled Rita Hay­worth and Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion, is rated as one of the best films of all times. The new hor­ror film ti­tled It, which has been re­ceiv­ing rave re­views across the globe, has been adapted from King’s 1986 novel by the same name. In an in­ter­view, King ex­plains the se­cret be­hind the adap­ta­tions, It, and more. Ex­cerpts:

When you watch a film based on one of your books, such as It, do you think about the changes, or just en­joy the movie?

Both. I look to see what’s there and what’s not there. But I like movies, so I have a ten­dency to just kick back in the third row with a box of pop­corn and en­joy it.

What, specif­i­cally, did you con­nect with in this film?

This film re­ally feels like some­thing dif­fer­ent and worth­while. It isn’t just a hor­ror movie; it has res­o­nance. [Di­rec­tor] Andy (An­drés) Muschi­etti re­ally caught the kids and their friend­ship. He cap­tured the re­al­ity of kids grow­ing up in the ’80s, and I liked that be­cause I raised kids at that par­tic­u­lar time.

You’ve said that you were a fan of Muschi­etti’s pre­vi­ous film, Mama. Can you tell us what you liked about that and how does it con­nect with It?

Andy has the same things go­ing in It as he had in Mama — both movies have a vis­ual lush­ness. But that vis­ual lush­ness is al­ways kept un­der con­trol by the sto­ry­telling. The sto­ry­telling holds onto the nar­ra­tive thread com­pletely so that ev­ery­thing else is just thrilling.

This film feels dif­fer­ent and worth­while. It isn’t just a hor­ror movie; it has res­o­nance.

PHOTO: MARK LENNIHAN/AP

A clown ter­rorises a group of young peo­ple in the film It, based on Stephen King’s book

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