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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Warner Home Video


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as Ben Hanscom

as Beverly Marsh

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as Mike Hanlon

as Richie Tozier

as Eddie Kaspbrak

as Stan Uris

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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


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

Pennywise: I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I'm your worst dream come true. I'm everything you ever were afraid of. 

"Your every fear- all in one deadly enemy."

It is not a good movie at all. The acting is laughable at times and the direction is clumsy at best. Still, this is one of those nostalgic movies for me. I've always liked It. I loved the film when I was a kid. It was the first horror film I ever saw and it scared the shit out of me. I still like watch it on occasion now, but it's obvious that it isn't the great horror film I thought it was when I was a kid. It has too many problems to count, so I won't try. Instead, I'll just admit that I'm still a fan of It. 

Stephen King's It was a two part, made-for-TV movie in the 1990. Quite obviously, it is an adaption of Stephen King's horror masterpiece; one that I have read, and one that is one of my personal favorites from King. The movie changes a lot of details from the book, but that shouldn't be a surprise as the director is trying to make a 3 hour movie out of a 1,000 plus page book. 

Part 1 is more about the story as it pertains to when the characters were young. We are shown the summer of 1960 and all the terror that came with it through the flashbacks of seven characters. One of them, Mike, still presides in Derry, Maine. After another killing, he calls his six friends and tells them"It" is back, and to see if they will make good on the promise they made 30 years ago. Part 1 is also much better than Part 2. I remember thinking this even as a kid. I always thought the first part was a lot scarier. The drain scene with Georgie was one that always stuck with me as a young lad trying to sleep. Part 2 brings the adults back to Derry to try to finish off Pennywise, who has started to kill again.

The acting as I said is pretty terrible from just about every actor involved. Tim Curry is the saving grace from the acting point of view though. He plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown with absolutely terrifying precision. Curry was a perfect choice to play the clown. His voice is perfect, his mannerisms are perfect, he is perfect. It's just too bad that he's perfect in a movie that is so far from perfect it is laughable.

The ending will surely piss you off. The first time we see the kids go down into the sewer, it is atmospheric and satisfying, even if the direction and acting is as sloppy down there as it was in the real world. The second time we see the adults go down is just terrible. That last scene is a good reason to hate the movie. But I guess there are a lot of reasons to hate it if you are looking at it for the first time from adult eyes. I just can't hate this film though.

It is one that will always be special to me. In the same way that I remember watching The Sandlot and The Wizard of Oz as a kid, I remember It. I remember turning the lights out at night and scaring myself to death with this movie. I remember not being able to sleep or shower. I remember walking by sewage drains and making sure there was no clown down there. Maybe it isn't a good movie, but it is one that I will always cherish.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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