Down here, we all float!
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace (Vampires: Los Muertos)
Stephen King’s It! Probably the most well known horror film having to deal with a clown, and what a clown it is. I recall as a kid watching this as it was a two night event on television. So not only are we dealing with a good movie here, we may be dealing with the greatest made for TV horror film ever made. Oh, and did anyone else ever notice how much they made Pennywise look like Bozo the clown? When I was a kid I sure noticed!
A demonic creature named Pennywise which dresses in a clown suit has terrorized kids for who knows how long. However in the 1960’s he meets his match as a group of outsider kids (The Losers Club aka The Lucky 7) team up to take him down. Shoot ahead now to present day and Pennywise is back again! Now these seven kids, who are now fully grown, must once again reunite and return home to try to stop Pennywise for good!
Watching this very long movie (Which was a two night event on TV remember) brought back a lot of memories for me. And still today I believe the great Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen. There’s just something soo unsettling about Pennywise that it gives you the creeps when he’s on screen. And while due to the time period of film, a lot of things (like a giant spider) may look a bit corny by today’s standards, you can’t take the weirdness of Pennywise away, even today.
Also what a cast we have here huh? Harry Anderson from Night Court, John Ritter from Three’s Company, Richard Thomas from the Waltons and even a young Seth Green make up a very odd but very good cast. And why it may sound a little “out there” for today, you got to think that in 1990 it wasn’t too shabby, and I feel the acting really holds things together, especially when we get to the second part of the film which isn’t as good as the first, but still above average.
And the first half is pretty awesome right? I mean I know it is, but surely all of you agree. It features the late Jonathan Brandis as the young version of Bill. As a matter of fact, I think all the kid actors hold their own pretty well in this twisted little story before the second half kicks in and the more popular adult actors seemingly take over. And the result is a film that for anyone afraid of clowns might seem like the 7th ring of hell…It just that damn creepy at times. A lot of character development, but it’s filled with a good story that never gives you a dull moment.
So it has a great first half, still a good second, and it’s packed with weird and eerie all the way through as Tim Curry puts on one of the greatest performances you’ll ever see! And while I said it may be one of the greatest made for TV horror films ever made, it may just one of the best made for TV movies period. But what’s even better, it matches up well against any other style of movie as well. So I’ll give props to It, because I believe as far as clown movies go, nothing else can touch it.
I’ve heard there’s going to be a remake, but it’ll have it’s work cut out for it if it hopes to top this. While I’m sure a few things can be improved on (like the giant spider) there’s a lot you won’t be able to match as far as feel and vibe goes. So no remake with shiny CGI will be able to top that. If you haven’t seen It, then by all means see it!
The Rating (8/10)