Before I even start, it needs to be said: I hate scary clowns. "And so for this to come back at this time is kind of a remarkable thing".
That should explain my decision to have a big old glass of wine before the movie. All characters I go up for are a guy in his mid-20s and going through a phase.
IT follows a group of young children who are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against the evil clown in Derry, Maine, after multiple children go missing.
If King dislikes the film, "it's like disappointing a family member in a way", said the screenwriter, who counts the horror hit "Annabelle: Creation" among his credits.
I recently spoke to the insanely talented group of actors about "It", how they instantly became best friends, and what it was like being hounded by Pennywise. "I needed to make my performance something that is mine and unique for me".
The use of New Kids on the Block on the soundtrack and Ben's secret love of the band adds an endearing charm that bleeds over into the bonding scenes, where the kids form an alliance against the local bullies and Pennywise.
Ultimately, "It" works not because of its supernatural scares (though there are some good jumps), but because of the characters at the center of this tale. Now, the story of the most terrifying clown has been adapted into a duology with Bill Skarsgård taking the lead. He's totally, completely, horrifyingly convincing as Pennywise.
The film's greatest strength is its young cast.
"I really appreciate his performance, but I never saw the point in doing what Tim Curry's already done because it's already been done", Skarsgard tells TimeOut in Los Angeles.
People will find that it's not just a scary movie.
However, the movie itself leaves plenty of room for a sequel, not to mention the fact that the title card at the end of the film (MILD SPOILER ALERT) reads "It: Chapter One". I've worked in broadcast television for 20 years. It's about as creepy as things can get in the daylight, and this version doesn't mess it up.
As King movies go, the tone most closely resembles "Stand By Me" - one of the highlights of that filmography - without coming close to scaling those heights. But sometimes he'd have to try to choke me, so he'd put his arms around my neck. Sometimes it was me being Pennywise.
So in an effort to write an Honest Review, I'll always list the external factors that might affect my enjoyment of the movie.
The Telegraph gave It four out of five stars, saying it was "a ring-the-changes update, with the ramped-up set pieces and state-of-the-art grisliness to match". Then, you can decide if it's useful or not.