Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Thomas, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan, Grazer. Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott
In the town of Derry, people are six times more likely to die or disappear than anywhere else. In the summer of 1989, Bill and his group of high school friends all share visions of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a scary being who could be behind the disappearings. Although Stephen King’s 1986 novel was an obvious influence on Strange Things, after two wonderful seasons of Netflix’s 1980s throwback series, this adaptation feels awfully derivative, not least because it moves the book’s events from the 1950s to the 1980s so that the sequel can take place in the present day. After more than two boring hours of doors creaking and slamming, and character venturing alone into dark basements, creepy abandoned houses, or dripping underground sewers, I must assume that director Andy Muschietti has never watched a horror film in his life. The novel was previously adapted to a miniseries in 1990.