I love movies. I love all kinds of movies. I love action movies and science fiction films. I love a good romantic comedy, and a heavy period piece drama. I love almost every kind of movie that it's possible to make, except one. I just don't care for horror movies. There have been a few here and there which haven't been so bad, but for the most part, I tend to avoid anything that falls into the category of horror. I'm sure I'm not the only one who tends to avoid the genre almost automatically. There have been some that have been good enough, but I can't think of anything in the genre I have truly loved. Until now.
IT is absolutely phenomenal. Not only is IT good, IT is one of the best movies released this year, no exception. It's so good that everybody needs to see it, and that includes all the people who are considering skipping it simply because it qualifies as horror. Here are all the reasons non-horror fans should still go see IT.
It's Not About The Horror
Rightly or wrongly, the perspective of horror movies is that they exist to give the chills, audience jump scares and/or gory violence, and that the story is built around these moments. While clearly there are at least some horror movies guilty of this, IT is absolutely not one of them. The horror elements exist to enhance the rest of the movie, not draw focus away from them. IT is a film about its characters. This isn't a slasher film where the point is to see ever more creative, bloody murders. The scares come from being afraid something awful may happen to these kids, because you've actually come to care about them.
It's Got Some Seriously Funny Moments
Most horror movies go full bore into the terror once they get started and usually don't let up until the movie is over. IT, on the other hand, is a much better paced film for the non-horror fan. The movie has plenty of moments that will allow the non-horror fan to take a breath, and even laugh. There are some legitimately funny things that happen in IT that you'd never see in most horror films. You can literally forget at some points that these kids are being stalked by a homicidal clown, which helps give you the energy to press on.