Stephen King's It

1990

Stephen King's It (1990)

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Based on one of Stephen King's bestselling novels, this is a story told in flashbacks. In a small town, a group of children are terrorized in their youth by an evil force. Thirty years later, when they learn of a new series of child murders, they return to see if they can't stop it once and for all. Adults now, with success in diverse careers, they still must come to terms with their pasts and with the evil that stalks their New England home town, and their own fears and nightmares.

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Cast

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 12)
Emily Perkins
as Beverly Marsh (age 12)
Seth Green
as Richie Tozier (age 12)
Adam Faraizl
as Eddie Kaspbrak (age 12)
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's It

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

In addition to It's slow pace, I found the ending a big letdown.

Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Mar 13, 2009 | Full Review…

The only truly memorable or even slightly frightening thing is Tim Curry.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The entire project deflates just as it should be building to a crescendo, and the final battle proves to be a crushing disappointment.

Oct 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Stephen King pits kids vs. killer clown from hell.

Dec 15, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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

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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

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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
Melvin White

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