Irish film critic Ryan Hollinger is one of our go-to sources for academic and enlightening videos essays discussing some of the genre’s most important offerings. Regular readers of Horror Freak News have enjoyed his explorations of The Mist, 28 Days Later, and 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, among others. Hollinger has a knack for explaining complex critical and literary theories in ways that are easy to understand while putting his subjects into a proper historical context.
With Andy Muschietti’s IT hitting UK & US Theaters this week, many of his fans were clamoring for an exploration of Stephen King’s best-selling shocker. He explains Pennywise as he appears in the novel, differentiating the literary character from Tim Curry’s portrayal in 1990. Hollinger discusses how fantasy is an often-disregarded yet absolutely essential element of the IT in all its manifestations.
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ABOUT THE SHOW: Screen Smart is a show celebrating Ryan’s love for film, games, art and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.
ABOUT RYAN: Ryan Hollinger is a Design & Animation graduate from Northern Ireland, working freelance in media production and broadcast. Portfolio: https://ryanhollinger.weebly.com/
Check out the trailer and synopsis for IT below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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