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Stephen King's It (1990)




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Originally titled Stephen King's 'It', this two-part TV movie first aired on November 18 and 20, 1990. Set in Maine (where else?), this is the story of a thirty-year struggle against supernatural evil. We follow a group of young men who calls themselves "the lucky seven" from 1960 to 1990. The Seven emerge triumphant from their first encounter with Pennywise (Tim Curry), a clown-suited horror who calls himself "the eater of worlds...and of children". But it's 1990, and Pennywise is back in circulation. Like so many Stephen King TV adaptations, It starts like a house afire, sags in the middle, and must scurry around to tie up loose ends in its last 45 minutes or so.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Warner Home Video


Richard Thomas
as Bill Denbrough
John Ritter
as Ben Hanscom
Annette O'Toole
as Beverly Marsh
Tim Curry
as Pennywise
Tim Reid
as Mike Hanlon
Harry Anderson
as Richie Tozier
Dennis Christopher
as Eddie Kaspbrak
Richard Masur
as Stan Uris
Olivia Hussey
as Audra Denborough
Jonathan Brandis
as Bill Denborough (age...
Emily Perkins
as Beverly Marsh (age 1...
Seth Green
as Richie Tozier (age 1...
Adam Faraizl
as Eddie Kaspbrak (age ...
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's It

All Critics (13)

For the resources director Wallace is given, [the movie] offers up a creepy and spooky tale about the past coming back to haunt you.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Stephen King pits kids vs. killer clown from hell.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

The first half is terrifying -- or was when I was younger. The second half has a bad special effect spider.

November 11, 2005

Too vanilla, too banal and too earnest to do the source material any justice.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
Apollo Guide

Effective TV adaptation of King's novel

July 11, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Top-Calibre horror

July 11, 2003

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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