IT Knows (2019) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Directors: Mark L. Maness, Rob Winfrey
Producers: Corey Knight, Pete McClure, Mark L. Maness, Rob Winfrey
Writers: Mark L. Maness, Rob Winfrey
Date Released: May 27, 2019
Carmen Patterson as Claire
Dan Michael as Monroe
Lauren Lasseigne as Young Claire
Warren McCullough as Frank
Ed Lowry as Michael
Anna-Maria as Evelyn
Phil Darius Wallace as Ted
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
IT Knows (2019) is a psychological horror movie about a girl who kept reliving her terror and torment over and over, no matter where she hides. There is an unending interface between the past and the present character. The story revolves around the pain of getting through the physical violence and mental and emotional abuse the girl experienced from both her parents.
It Knows (2019) incorporates very little special effects or gore. The film focuses on disturbing imagery rather than outright gore or even jump scares. In one particular scene, the father is seen salivating and thinking of his diabolical ideas. That being said, for the few effects that were incorporated, they were well-done. Overall, if you are looking for more of a traditional slasher or villain-type movie, this film may not be for you.
The Grave Review
IT Knows (2019) starts by introducing a young adult woman named Claire (Carmen Patterson) who is being threatened in the woods. But, as these events transpire, she is haunted by her past to what appears to be even more horrific events. The plot overall was fairly straightforward and told the story of a tormented woman in a well-executed way. However, certain aspects of the film may feel unrealistic. For example, in the film, both parents had tormented young Claire in her early life. From this point on, she was tormented every day by the abuse that her parents brought upon her. The fact that both parents are naturally evil and that Claire did not go one day without being mentally tormented from her past seems a little forced. That being said, people can undergo traumatic events as to be affected by them for their lifetime. But, the manner in which the film portrayed Claire’s state of mind felt less believable than what a true PTSD individual would undergo.
Another negative critique of the film is that the plot is sometimes slow and provides very little substance for certain scenes. However, taking all scenes into consideration, the cinematography flows very well.
Dan Michael who plays Monroe and Claire’s father did a great job in his performance. He portrayed the menacing, twisted, cruel father well and displayed disturbing undertones. However, he did not seem to get a lot of airtime. Carmen Patterson also performed well and respectfully in her role as the disturbed, struggling protagonist.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives IT Knows (2019) two graves out of five graves.
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