'It' can be anything. A fanged monster that won't stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. No matter what your biggest fear is, no one knows it better than Stephen King. Based on King's 1986 bestseller, 'It' is a jittery, jolting excursion into personal fear starring Harry Anderson, Annette O'Toole, John Ritter and Richard Thomas. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown (Tim Curry), but he's not clowning around. Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom - until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to battle 'It'.
A tale of two halves.
- Stephen King's It review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Derry, Maine is a quiet town which hides a dark horrific secret. Every 30 years the town is terrorised by a supernatural being known only as 'It'. Taking the form of a clown named Pennywise, 'It' returns every 30 years and feeds on the souls of the towns children, when questioned the adults of Derry act as if nothing happened, knowing past events are too horrible to even talk about. When a gang of seven children known as 'The Lucky Seven' find they are able to fight back and defeat 'It' they make a pact to return as adults should the terror return. 30 years later, Mike Hanlon, one of the members of 'The Lucky Seven', is alerted by a strange occurrence of child murders. When he discovers that 'It' has returned to Derry, he reunites what's left of 'The Lucky Seven' to do battle once again. The biggest problem 'It' has is that it's a story split into two halves. The first is storytelling at it's best, a genuinely creepy story with great performances from its child cast and easily a 5 star film. The second half is another matter, it's laboured, badly scripted, and with the exception of John Ritter and Tim Curry, has some pretty second rate acting from its adult cast, and with the addition of an abrupt and lacklustre ending, the second half is rather disappointing. Overall, despite the flaws of the second half and mainly due to Tim Curry's insane performance as Pennywise the clown, 'It' just about gets away with being a fairly decent two part TV film, but you do get the feeling it should have been so much better.