Stephen King’s It, American movie (1990)

Beep, beep, people! Beep, beep! No, I haven’t turned completely insane here by beginning this post in this way. For it has pretty much everything to do with the film that I am about to review. And let me assure you that it’s a scary one at that. This movie is the third request I have had for February’sΒ theme, this one made byΒ Shadowcat99. Now, I think all of you will have a few blogs that you somehow ended up following rather late, and you wonder why you did not discover them any sooner? Shadowcat99’s blog is one of mine. All I can say is don’t make that same mistake as well and go follow her blog right now. Why? Because her posts are awesome! She writes mainly about manga and anime, and her posts are written with great skill and are thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. If you don’t believe me just press the link above and discover her wonderful blog. The 1990 version of It was technically a miniseries, but I allowed it anyway as most people see this as a film. And quite a number of people still fear it…..you see how I did that pun right? Enough talk: let’s get started with the review!

The review

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I just love pop up books. Don’t you?

I think nobody can deny the fact that when we were young, we all had our own fears. There might have been simple things like an irrational fear of spiders (or in my case wasps, and no I don’t want to talk about that lol), but it might also be fears that run much deeper. Leave it up to writer Stephen King though, to turn those fears into something truly sinister. It, takes place in the town of Derry where something really awful seems to be happening. Young children are being murdered in horrible ways, but nobody seems to really care about it. Not even the police. All except for one person, and that is the man called Mike Hanlon, who works in Derry as a librarian. Mike has experienced a very traumatic event in his past that is linked to the string of murders that is currently taking place. Thirty years ago a similar spree of killings occurred. But contrary to what you might believe this was no ordinary serial killer that was responsible for these murders. As Mike unfortunately knows all too well. He, and a group of his best friends encountered the being responsible all those years ago. They thought they had dealt with it. They were wrong. With unpleasant memories from the past rising up, Mike begins rounding up his friends to deal with it once and for all. But will they be able to confront their fears, or will the being known as Pennywise have the final laugh……

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The joke is definitely on you!

Last year a remake of It was released in the theatres. It was well received, but many claimed that the new version wasn’t really scary enough. I can not yet say if I agree with that statement as I still have to see the new version. Yes, I know…how terrible of me. However, it was a delight to relive this one though, as it has been many years since I last saw this film. The strength that this movie has, is how well it plays with themes that we can all relate to, combined with some genuinely scary moments. How many of you remember your friends from school? Did you stay in touch with them? Do you even know what they look like these days? That for me was one of the things I loved the most about this film: the fact that real friends, no matter how long they have been seperated from each other, will always stick together. The first half of the film mainly focusses on the past, and through flashbacks we can see how the main characters lives were when they were still children. I loved the fact that each one of them had their own things to deal with. And most of these were not pretty. An abusive father, being bullied at school, stuttering, are just a few examples of how tough their lives were.

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Of course there has to be a bully in this movie as well. And an annoying one at that.

But those weaknesses are the things that would ultimately draw these children together. That, and ofcourse their common adversary: the sadistic clown Pennywise. I know there are a lot of people that hate and fear clowns. I am not one of them, but really….if Pennywise were ever to become a rolemodel for the common circus clown we would be in some serious trouble. From the very first moment he makes an appearance you are getting the chills and really you have every right to feel that way. Masterfully played by actor Tim Curry, Pennywise is a force to be reckoned with. He tortures these kids with mindgames and shows them stuff that every sane person would lose their minds over. But it’s the strength of these character’s friendship that ultimately let’s them triumph….well at least for a short while that is. The childactors were very good in their roles. It sometimes surprises me how well some children can act, but at times I also think it’s quite disturbing how they don’t end up getting traumatised by the horrific scenes forced upon them.

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Awww…..young love.

It’s the films second act where the movie, or miniseries if you prefer, is losing some of it’s strength. The reunion of the group is heartfelt, and brings that feeling of genuine friendship back. The adult actors unfortunately do not give such strong performances as their child counterparts. Some of them overact a few times, but luckily this doesn’t really go so far that it ruins the experience. The late John Ritter is the one that honestly was the actor that impressed the most, and really had a character that I could relate to a lot. And it was nice to see him win back his childhood love. It’s the movies ending though that really hasn’t aged well. When Pennywise appears in his true form, we get a creature that you almost have to laugh at in the way it looks. Having seen this film quite a while back, I knew there was some type of monster that would make an appearance near the end. But I did not remember that it was made with some really crappy special effects. It’s a shame though, as this really does have an impact on the overall way you feel when the film’s end credits begin to roll.

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A 7 out of 10 score? Really…..you sure of that? Be very careful how you answer this…….

The 1990 version of It is a film that, having revisited it has left me with some mixed feelings. There are still quite a number of things in it that really work well, especially Pennywise and same genuinely scary scenes. However the weaker second act of the movie, did diminish the much stronger first half of the film. So whether or not you are going to enjoy this movie in the end all depends on the way you feel overall to watching older horror movies. I have always said that sometimes horror is more effective when you are showing less, especially when it comes down to special effects. That said, despite the letdown in the end, this is still quite the effective horrormovie, that is a lot of fun to watch for the most part. And you can add another point to the grade that I gave this film, if you are scared of clowns. That’s it for this review….beep, beep!

I give It a 7 out of 10 score.

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74 thoughts on “Stephen King’s It, American movie (1990)”

    1. The book I unfortunately haven’t yet read either (but it’s supposed to be a great read) This version of the book is pretty good snd scary. As for the new one, have yet to see it, but heard it’s pretty good 😊

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  1. Ah…1990 IT. Boy, I loved this mini serie. The kids were definitely the best part of the film. I loved that you mentioned John Ritter, I thought he was brilliant (in this one but also other movies and series). I was so sad when he died…
    Hope you get to see the new IT movie soon. Then we’ll get to read another awesome review about that one, just like you managed to do now.😊

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    1. Yeah, it was a fun series, and very cool to see it again after a long time (really can’t remember exactly when I last saw this one, but it’s certainly been a while). John Ritter was terrific. A very charismatic actor who died way too young, that’s for sure 😒
      Awww shucks. Thanks for the kind words…really appreciate them 😊😊

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    1. I hope to see the new version of this one somewhere this year, but yeah this one had it’s own charms. It’s the effects that are just a bit dated on this one that rob the film of many of it’s scarier moments 😊

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  2. I am a huge fan of “IT”. The book was amazing and both movies, the old and new, were great. Both in their own rights captured great things from the book. I look forward to the sequel to the current film.

    Those of you who have not read the book. It is truly a great story… A little out there in some ways.

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    1. The book has been on that infamous to read list of mine for a couple of years now (infamous because it’s just way too long lol). I quite enjoyed rewatching this version. Even though some of it, is pretty dated now, a lot of things still hold up.
      I’m looking forward to seeing the new version somewhere this year 😊

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  3. You are ebsolutely spot on when you say horror works better showing less because our own wild imagination creates frightening scenario! I never could watch a horror movie. Or behind the sofa looking through the slits LOL I don’t think I’ll watch this one but it has nothing to do with your review and more with me being a chicken πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha…well no worries. A good friend of mine is very scared of clowns. So..you are not the only one that would hide behind the sofa while seeing this 😊😊
      But yeah true….the best horrormovies for me are the ones that show very little and have that great psychological edge….😱😱

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  4. I forgot it was a mini series! Confession, I have yet to watch this, we almost started it last night at my prompting, but started the Matrix instead, (which I hadn’t seen either a I couldn’t complain too much.) Crossing my fingers I’ll actually watch it today. Needless to say you have me dying to find out about the beep beep beeping.

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    1. It originally was a miniseries, but there are so many people that think this is a movie, that it’s really okay 😊
      Ooh…the Matrix is very good as well, especially if you had never seen that one.
      Well…I hope you will enjoy It too. It’s still great for the most part, it’s just the effects that at times feel a bit silly 😊

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    1. Haha…sorry for that 😊😊 You are not the only one creeped out by clowns. As I said I have a friend who also hates them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      But thanks so much Dani for your kind comment 😘😘❀️❀️

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      1. I always love having your comments so I have to show you LOVE, as well! Speaking of comments. Didn’t hear from you on my post yet I posted early today and not that that’s a bad thing just use to seeing you stop by so wanted to see if you are doing okay? It’s no biggie or anything! Lol. I just worry randomly and been anxious today.

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      2. I’m so sorry Dani. I have been a bit busy, so I haven’t yet had a chance to read your entire post. And I don’t want to comment on a post that I haven’t fully completed reading yet…so that’s why I did not comment yet. But I promise I will do so later today (I finished your post by the way sweetheart for Starship Troopers 😘😘). I will publish that one tomorrow.
        But really..nothing is wrong, so no worries okay ? Sorry you have been feeling anxious though. Hopefully today is a better day for you 😘😘❀️❀️

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      3. There is absolutely no need to apologise at all😘❀️ It’s very sweet of you to worry about me, but really luckily all is well with me. Today I had a bit of an off day, as we all at times have, but I had a nice day on WordPress today reading some posts and talking to some wonderful people. Like yourself for instance 😘😘❀️❀️ I hope the review and the promo I wrote for you will be to your liking. Will publish it tomorrow evening after work 😘😘
        Sending lots of love back to you as well ❀️❀️

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      4. Thank you so much…sometimes I just punch myself a few times because I can’t believe how kind and supportive you are😘😘
        Thank you so much, and I will post my review that I wrote for you later today. Hopefully it will get the Dani Approved rating 😘😘❀️❀️
        Thanks so much…😘😘❀️❀️

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  5. Since I watched the new one first and yeah, it wasn’t anything scary or even interesting for me. This makes me want to try the 1990 one. The book’s been on my reading list since forever too, maybe it’s time I get to it.

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    1. Yeah..I hope to see the new one somewhere this year as I just want to compare the two films. But I have heard a lot of people say that the new version just isn’t very scary.
      The book I definitely want to read though 😊😊

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  6. I love Tim Curry. He is such a master of any role he plays. He’s a great good guy, but he’s an unrivaled bad guy. He has that wonderful showmanship of being charming, whimsical, and utterly horrifying, and switching between them effortlessly. I feel like what really made this villain work was how harmless he could seem, and then suddenly he became a monster, in his voice and demeanor.
    I also think there’s something powerful with how isolated the characters are. Many times IT attacks, and no one else is around, but as soon as someone else does arrive, IT is gone. And then there are some scenes where IT is present, but no one else can see. To me that’s one of the true horrors, being alone in the world not through the absence of people, but the absence of knowledge and understanding. You have to act “okay”, even though inside you’re screaming or crying, because if others see they will only make things worse for you.
    The ending did feel weak to me, but I feel like that’s a classic example of how the audience will always imagine something far better than what reality can make, especially when your monster specializes in shape changing to adopt whatever scares you the most. There’s a reason so many monsters lurk in the shadows. Once they’ve been dragged into the light, much of their power is lost.

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    1. This was a great comment 😊😊
      Yeah I totally agree. Very few monsters live up to what you imagine them to be and are more effective when they stay in the shadows. (noteworthy exception is Predator…I just think that is still the best movie monster ever created 😊).
      But true..there was also a different kind of horror in this film and that’s what most of these kids went trough in their real lives. Abusive parents for instance. But definitely the issolation as well. I know that I have felt like that at times at school.
      Tim Curry is definitely one of those actors that can pretty much play any kind of role. No matter where he plays in, he always manages to pull it off. And this role was no exception. I loved the way how he could change his voice on a whim. Truly terrifying indeed 😊😊

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  7. Hahaha…. there’s actually a county and a city, called Derry here in Ireland XD
    I uses to live 30 minutes from it. So thank glob, I’ve never been brave enough to watch this movie πŸ˜€ It would made my creepy little flat, seem like the flat of horror hehe πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha…well yeah I can imagine that being very, very scary if yiu actually live near a city like that for real lol. I would never pay a visit there anymore that is for sure. But this is one of those films (except for the ending that is) that is better watched with all the lights turned on 😊😊

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  8. Thanks so much, coming from a master writing reviews (no lie,that is really what I think), that means a lot.
    It still holds up for the most part, but not everything in it stil works. I had not seen it myself in quite some time. But it was fun to see it again after all these years 😊

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  9. Oh gosh this does sound sinister. hehee your use of pictures is *strong* though! Yeah it does often surprise me with some child actors- and it’s really good these ones were so good. Such a shame their adult counterparts aren’t as good. And pity about the effects as well and that the second half of the film wasn’t as good :/ hehe I’m not scared of clowns- but I don’t like them and I have a feeling movies like this would help me develop a proper phobia πŸ˜‰ Great review!

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    1. Haha..yeah this movie certainly has a way of inducing clown phobia…that is for sure πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thanks, it certainly is a film that still holds up, despite some things that really feel dated now, but for the most part it’s still a fun film to watch….well as long as you like horror that is πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š

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  10. Saw this movie when I was teen. I remember it being scary, but ultimately not leaving much of an impression on me. And since I’m not big into horror, I never had any urge to revisit the movie. I know the newer version received a lot of positive reviews aside from like you said, people wishing it was scarier. Probably won’t check that one out though, lol. Great overall review of the movie πŸ™‚

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    1. It was fun to rewatch this one I do have to admit that. But I will also admit that I don’t think I’m going to be seeing this one again. Some things withstood the test of time quite well, but a couple of things quite frankly didn’t. 😊
      As for the newer version…I will definitely watch but I will probably do that in a couple of months from now (somewhere in October or November). This one is now a little bit too fresh in my mind 😊😊
      Thanks as always for the kind comment 😊😊

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    1. I hope to see the remake later this year (this one is now a bit too fresh in my mind for me to immediately watch the new version).
      This 1990’s version, despite a few things not completely holding up any more is supposedly scarier than the new one 😊😊
      Glad you enjoyed it though! And thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. I definitely plan on seeing the remake later this year, but as this one is now pretty fresh in my mind I will probably not see it before October. But I am looking forward to it. This one is just fun because of the nostalgia. While some parts still work…there also things that don’t (especilally the special effects). But that said…Tim Curry was awesome. Thanks for the kind words as always 😊😊

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  11. Brilliant review, Michel! I’m keeping this movie “unseen” till I’ve read the book, but I did see the new adaptation and absolutely loved it. The movie isn’t about scaring you with the clown and having you leave the theaters all fidgety, it plays more on the theme of fear and with those amazing kid actors delivered such an awesome movie. Hope you’ll enjoy it when you get around to it! πŸ˜€

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    1. I hope to see the new adaptation as well somewhere this year, but am taking a break from “it” (πŸ˜‚) for now. The book has been on my list for ages😊 But am looking forward to reading it as well!
      Thanks as always for your kind and supportive comment. Appreciate it always! 😊

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  12. Beep Beep Richie! Played by Oz from Buffy, as I recall. I remember the first time I saw It, the first time it aired in the UK (circa 1992). I was in my second year at high school, and it was on over the weekend I went to York with my school. I saw an advert for it before going, and having recently watched various Nightmare on Elm street movies, I connected with it right away. I was even more intrigued when I discovered it was not Nightmare on Elm treet despite my initial thoughts. That just made me want to see it more so I had my mum record it for me to watch on my return. The second half is weaker, as you say, but I still love it. I have also seen the remake. It was good. It had more gore. That didn’t make it better. I think I prefer the original, but I won’t be able to definitively say that until the remake of the second part happens. Great post

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    1. You have a good memory, as you are right it is Oz from Buffy that plays that part.
      I will be seeing the remake later this year, as right now this one is very fresh in my mind.
      This one though was still a lot of fun, despite some of the flaws mentioned. These days a lot of horror movies seem to think that by adding gore it somehow becomes more scary. Well..newsflash…it doesn’t’.
      Thanks for your kind words as always and your comment! 😊😊

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  13. I have been wanting to read this book though horror is not my favorite genre because I don’t like to be scared πŸ˜‚ I haven’t seen the movie either. I’m glad you like the old version and you should’ve watched the new version to compare your likes & dislikes. The annoying bully.. I like how you worded in your review 😊

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    1. Haha…I don’t think anyone likes to be scared, but from time to time I do love a good horror movie 😊 That said, I have seen the new version as well now, and it is quite different from this one. It contains much more gore, and quite frankly it was less scary than this one. It was by no means bad, but it just entirely different. Thanks for your comment, and great to see you here again 😊

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