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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 57. Stephen King’s It (1990)

August 17, 2011

57. Stephen King’s It [DVD] (1990)

Plot: The quiet town of Derry, Maine is terrorized by a horror known as “It”. Through the form of a clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry), “It” wakes up every 30 years and feeds on children. Seven kids known as The Lucky Seven; Bill, Ben, Beverly, Eddie, Richie, Mike and Stan are able to defeat “It” and make a pact to return if he ever returns.

30 years later, “It” is back and The Lucky Seven, now in their middle ages reunites to fight “It” again.
Also Starring: Harry AndersonDennis ChristopherRichard MasurAnnette O’TooleTim ReidJohn RitterRichard ThomasOlivia HusseyJonathan Brandis
Directed by: 
Tommy Lee Wallace
Written by: Stephen King (novel) Lawrence D. CohenTommy Lee Wallace (Teleplay By) 
Length: 180 mins

Your every fear – all in one deadly enemy. (tagline)

Review: I would love to hang out with Stephen King for a weekend. But I’m such a fan of his books and movies I would probably ruin everything by asking too many questions… Where’s the bathroom? Why did you shave your beard? Do you hate Dean R Koontz?

Nerdiest Stephen King Trivia: When it was discovered in 1985 that he and Richard Bachman were one and the same, he retired the use of that name. He resurrected Bachman about a decade later, using the name as the author of The Regulators, a companion piece to his own novel Desperation.
Since then, he has issued other new novels using the name Bachman, with the dust jackets jokingly claiming the books to have been a posthumous discovery by Bachman’s widow. Bachman is said to have died in 1985 from “Cancer of the Pseudonym.”

Yeah yeah, I know that Stephen King’s It is technically a mini-series made for TV and NOT a movie, but to all you sticklers (read Janne the Director) out there: Screw you, I don’t care. It’s my list…

Tim Curry is the main reason this movie is on this list. But it has other great components too, like the kid actors (Seth Green‘s on of them) who just as easily could have ruined this whole thing but do a pretty good job, the grown-up actors (John-Boy from The Waltons is one of them) who also just as easily could have ruined this whole thing but also do a pretty good job, and a great story.

Favorite Quote:
It: Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you’re afraid.

But Tim Curry’s portrayal outshines them all. Pennywise the Clown is one of the greatest and scariest fictional characters ever. A friend of mine is even scared of the DVD cover. I’ve read that the other actors thought “Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise was so creepy and realistic that everyone avoided him during the filming”.
I can totally understand that. Just writing this review might give me nightmares…

Nerdiest Movie Trivia:
John Ritter and Jonathan Brandis  both died tragically in 2003. Brandis hanged himself, while Ritter suffered an unexpected, fatal aortic dissection.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 58. The Full Monty (1997)


One Comment leave one →
  1. Sven permalink
    August 17, 2011 10:59

    bloody clowns

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