Stephen King's It1990
Stephen King's It (1990)
Critic Consensus: Though hampered by an uneven second half, It supplies a wealth of funhouse thrills and an idelible turn from Tim Curry as Pennywise.
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as Bill Denbrough
as Ben Hanscom
as Beverly Marsh
as Mike Hanlon
as Richie Tozier
as Eddie Kaspbrak
as Stan Uris
as Audra Denborough
as Bill Denborough (age 12)
as Beverly Marsh (age 12)
as Richie Tozier (age 12)
as Eddie Kaspbrak (age 12)
Critic Reviews for Stephen King's It
The result, featuring a strong cast, is far better than any adaptation so far of a King book.
There is something very poignant and warming about these kids, branded as losers, closely bonding and banding together in "It" to battle not only the town bullies, but also the demonic Pennywise.
The four-hour package makes an eerie supernatural tale, spiced with substantial good-versus-evil subtext and musings on the power of friendship.
It is a fun house of supernatural horror, with copious blood but little violence. It's creepy, but just too darn corny at times to be the stuff of nightmares or paranoia - unless you happen to be a child.
In addition to It's slow pace, I found the ending a big letdown.
A horror sci-fi miniseries these days is as rare as moon rocks, as far and few between as known inhabited planets. And make no mistake, It is a humdinger, one big kicky ride thanks to the charismatic acting of Curry as savage, sneering malevolence.
Audience Reviews for Stephen King's It
Tim Curry steals every scene he appears in as the iconic villain Pennywise the Clown, but in an irregular horror movie that works pretty well in its first half yet sinks almost tragically in a second part that is too repetitious and goes downhill towards a lame conclusion.
Stephen King's "IT" is both amazing and awful at the same time. It's a never-ending scream-fest of a film that tries very very hard to earn jump scares, and while some of them work, some of them fall flat on their face. I loved portions of this film, seeing as some of the campy horror made me chuckle and I was along for the ride, but I also hated some of it, because the winks at the audience are kind of annoying. It it almost like they are telling you are stuck in a movie and you want to watch the rest. "IT" is like a bad drug. Ugly, unfunny, not scary, and laughable in every way. It's a pretty weak film at it's core.
An effective, campy horror movie about seven children who are terrorized by a demonic clown (Tim Curry) who lives in the sewers, and how they make a pact to come together if the clown comes back later. Thirty years later, it does. Although it stumbles horribly at its conclusion and the acting is extremely cheesy at parts, this movie is still watchable and likeable enough thanks mainly to the performance of Tim Curry, who creates such a unique, terrifying villain who you can't keep your eyes off of. Some aspects of the story are handled a little clumsily, but you still believe the friendship between these characters, and you are always kept guessing when the clown will pop up again. Not enough to fully recommend, but I can understand the wide appeal it has garnered, as well as the full-scale fear of clowns many people from my generation have as a result of this film.
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