The horror movie undertones of The Goonies

Simon Brew Sep 25, 2017

As the new film of Stephen King’s It dominates the box office, a look at its spiritual cousin, The Goonies

Currently dominating the global box office is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The book has provided the source material already for one production that scared the lights out of a generation – who can forget Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the clown? – and the new film has been keen to repeat the trick. With no shortage of success, as it happens. Clowns are already reporting a decline in business.

It was when Mark Kermode reviewed the film on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, though, that he described the new It movie not as a horror, but an adventure horror. And the inevitable line was drawn back to the mighty The Goonies.

The overlaps are clear. A group of young misfits find
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