The search for the dating guy is cut.
I cut this edit in a way that the music of Disasterpeace and Carpenter take turns.
This is a really good edit. I enjoyed it very much. The music of John Carpenter films works really well with this film. Going in I thought it was completely rescored but I'm really glad it was a mixture of Carpenter stuff and Disasterpeace's score from the theatrical cut. I think it's a brilliant score but it was cool to see some other great pieces of music work mixed in. None of the new music felt out of place; it pretty much all worked.
Some things I loved:
Many of the new music cues but particularly when the chlorophyll is used and when Jay bikes to the playground
Trimming most of the Paul stuff throughout - didn't miss it, personally
Cutting the weird looping run the girl does in the very first scene (I have no idea why I found it so odd or it bugged me so much)
The theatrical cut is a brisk pace but this is breakneck. I usually dig that in a fanedit (provided the story remains intact) because I'm already very familiar with the source. I learned in doing a 70 minute horror film edit that some people really dislike that length but for me if the story works, I love it.
Some minor quibbles:
Crossfade from 'It' finding her in school to the yogurt. I personally hate a crossfade from quick motion or action and think a hard cut works better from kinetic motion to an establishing shot.
Sequence at 42:48 where there's a fade to black, hard cut in then a crossfade after the two second establishing shot
Music over Jay crying after the stuff with her neighbor (trying to be vague). I know it was from the OST and probably in the theatrical cut but I just would have preferred many other tracks from the soundtrack over that. That particular tune strikes me as being best over some establishing wide shots or something like that. Again, probably not even an editing choice and it's still fine.
I did miss the trip to Hugh's place downtown but I understand why it got cut.
Overall, great job. Another good edit from Maniac!
A/V Quality - 10. Looks and sounds excellent. No tech issues at all.
Visual Editing - 9. Solid work cutting the film down to a tight 70 minutes. There were a couple crossfades I wasn't a big fan of, but nothing too major. Minus one point for use of Comic Sans .
Audio Editing - 9. No bad audio editing, new music is inserted deftly. The only issues I had was sometimes going from Carpenter music to Disasterpeace music didn't harmonize too well. For example, when the girls are walking down the street at the beginning, the use of "Halloween" music is excellent, but then it goes to the music from the movie and it felt odd.
Narrative - 8. My only real issue is just that it felt too short. There were a few scenes you cut that I felt messed up the flow a little bit. Specifically scenes with Hugh in the beginning and the middle.
Enjoyment - 9. I love the original and this is a great way to rewatch it. This also makes for a really nice fanedit-double-feature with cuddlyninja's "The Man With Fire On His Face".