Welcome back to monthly movie previews, Dragons! Sorry for missing the summer months, but let’s be real – you all knew that Wonder Woman and Spider-Man were coming out without my help. Although maybe a preview would have gotten a few of you out to The Dark Tower? Alas, we’ll never know!
This month is a special edition of our movie preview because (1) not many movies are coming out, BUT (2) a very highly anticipated one for me is being released on September 8th.
Mother! – September 15
Watch the trailer, and you tell me what you think this is about. Here’s the “official” synopsis: “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” Okay then. Is Jennifer Lawrence dead and this is somehow a ghost story? Is it a cult? Something else entirely? Theories abound on the internet. Let me be clear: when Darren Aronofsky is great, we get Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. When he’s bad, we get Noah. So, I’m taking a cautious approach to this one.
Flatliners – September 29
If you’re thinking that you saw this movie back in 1990, you’re right! This is a remake of the sci-fi CLASSIC (yes, I said classic) starring Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland. Medical students start experimenting by stopping their heart for longer and longer periods of time to figure out what happens when you die. Are med students really this dark? I might give this one a shot because it stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna (a/k/a Cassian Andor from Rouge One), and, guess who?!, Kiefer Sutherland.
It – September 8
The things I do for love (of you all). I watched this trailer AT NIGHT ALONE IN MY HOME. And then I looked up all of the clips posted below. AT NIGHT ALONE IN MY HOME.
I can’t explain to you how excited I am for this remake. It is based on the 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name. It is a sprawling horror epic – the book is over 1100 pages, takes place in two different time periods, and follows 6-7 viewpoint character. This is arguably King’s best novel, and it absolutely, 100% his scariest. Fight me on this – The Stand can certainly battle for the top position in terms of quality, but when you’re talking about fear alone, nothing beats It. (Side note: the only thing that has come close for me outside of King’s work is The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, but that’s more because of the gore than the horror).
It follows a group of children during the summer of 1958 in fictional Derry, Maine. Derry has an unusual high incidences of missing, and presumed dead, children – one of whom is the little brother of one of our protagonists. The scene where poor little Georgie Denbrough gets pulled into the gutter by Pennywise is iconic.
The Derry children who band together over the summer call themselves “the Losers club,” and they slowly realize that there is an evil in Derry. “It,” as the children call it, takes many forms, depending on its victim. It can transform into someone’s worst fear, but its most common form is a clown known as Pennywise. This is the sole reason for my continuing fear of clowns. I won’t tell you what happens other than to say that the children try to fight It.
Almost 30 years later, in the mid-80s, each of the Losers Club feels drawn to Derry again, and they return to Derry in an attempt to defeat It once and for all.
The original adaption of It was a 1990 television miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. I’ll just leave this here for your terror:
(Remember when I said I watched these clips for you? LOL, no way did I watch this.)
That was terrifying for 5 year old Rachel, but no offense Tim Curry – you have nothing on Bill Skarsgård. I can’t even watch the trailers for the new movie without being freaked out. The new movie follows the characters as children only, set in 1989 this time. The plan is to do a sequel that follows the characters as adults. And to top it off, initial reviews are really good!
Are you in, Dragons? If you come with me, you’ll float, too.
Dragons, what movies are you looking forward to in September? Are you in for these remakes? Do you think I’m off the mark on Stephen King’s novels? Just mad at me for missing the summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!