As an 11-year-old, I managed to see this two-part miniseries in its original airing back in 1990, and the scenes featuring Pennywise, the Dancing Clown (portrayed by Tim Curry) stayed with me for years and no doubt contributed to my dislike of clowns. But I also loved the story of childhood friendships, and of teamwork to take down evil. (It helped that at the time I had a major crush on Jonathan Brandis, about whom there will be more as this post progresses). It can't be denied that there are echoes of "Stand By Me" (1986) another film based on a work by Stephen King, who is known primarily as a horror writer but he has proven that he is much more than that. The nostalgic feel of much of the first half of "IT" and about a quarter of the second is what I enjoy the most and I've come across others who have the same opinion.
|The "Lucky Seven, aka "The Loser's Club|
|The adult version of "The Lucky Seven"|
|Henry Bowers (Jarred Blacard) and his gang|
|Tim Curry as Pennywise|
|Young Beverly's father can't see the blood . . . ..|
|. . . . but she and her friends do!|
|The kids prepare to battle it out with IT|
|Things don't go as planned|
|But they fight and win!|
|The adults in the sewer|
Re-watching this miniseries as an adult, what scared me when I was 11 doesn't have quite the same impact today, but some scenes still pack a pretty good wallop. In Part 1, Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise is terrifying and fascinating at the same time. Although Curry was hesitant to take the role because of the heavy make-up he was required to wear, he obviously had a ball and it shows. Although in Part 2 he comes across as comical rather than scary (and he was not used to his full potential in the final installment), he is incredible and I can't imagine "IT" without him.
Children, I love you. I love you so much."