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Stephen King's It

Featuring: Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher & Richard Masur

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Stephen King! - The Master

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What a great movie and Stephen King does horror better than anyone! The effects are also great without being too bizarre as often films are. It is great they way it it filmed too taking each of them back to their chilhoods then to the present day when they face their fears of their childhood! Well done Stephen! another fantastic film

  Its TV Movie Origins Are All Too Obvious

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Originally aired as a two-part television movie in the early 90s this DVD sees the film re-edited into a three hour movie. Based on the novel by Stephen King 'It' opens in Maine where a young girl is murdered by a malevolent force that takes the form of a clown known as Pennywise. Whilst at the scene, Mike, a resident of the town notices a picture, a picture of his friends brother, killed 30 years ago. Having originally put a stop the clowns murderous spree as children he soon realises that he must reunite with his friends, a group who called themselves "the losers club", in order to defeat Pennywise once and for all.

Let me say now that I am a huge fan of Stephen Kings novels but will always try to judge any movie taken from his work on its own merits. Condensing a book well in excess of 1000 pages into 180 minutes was never going to be an easy task and cuts have obviously been made. The real problem however is that with some less than stellar dialogue, a few uneven performances and any scenes of violence taking place off screen the movies low budget TV origins are painfully obvious throughout. As a result, despite a memorable performance from Tim Curry as Pennywise, It lacks the creepy atmosphere created by Kings book and while Pennywise may inspire nightmares for younger viewers very little in the movie is actually scary.

Its not all bad of course. Underneath it all there is a good tale and this DVD certainly makes for a watchable three hours but if you want the full story I suggest you read the book instead (or listen to the unabridged audiobook that is now available).

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  Its TV Movie Origins Are All Too Obvious

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Originally aired as a two-part television movie in the early 90s this DVD sees the film re-edited into a three hour movie. Based on the novel by Stephen King 'It' opens in Maine where a young girl is murdered by a malevolent force that takes the form of a clown known as Pennywise. Whilst at the scene, Mike, a resident of the town notices a picture, a picture of his friends brother, killed 30 years ago. Having originally put a stop the clowns murderous spree as children he soon realises that he must reunite with his friends, a group who called themselves "the losers club", in order to defeat Pennywise once and for all.

Let me say now that I am a huge fan of Stephen Kings novels but will always try to judge any movie taken from his work on its own merits. Condensing a book well in excess of 1000 pages into 180 minutes was never going to be an easy task and cuts have obviously been made. The real problem however is that with some less than stellar dialogue, a few uneven performances and any scenes of violence taking place off screen the movies low budget TV origins are painfully obvious throughout. As a result, despite a memorable performance from Tim Curry as Pennywise, It lacks the creepy atmosphere created by Kings book and while Pennywise may inspire nightmares for younger viewers very little in the movie is actually scary.

Its not all bad of course. Underneath it all there is a good tale and this DVD certainly makes for a watchable three hours but if you want the full story I suggest you read the book instead (or listen to the unabridged audiobook that is now available).

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  Avoid this if you don't want nightmares!

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I have to say that I've seen 'The Exorcist' and all the other scary movies that were around when I was in my early teens, but this puppy REALLY unnerved me!

I'm not like many of the previous reviewers who seem to have a fear of 'creepy a$$ clown's', but after watching this movie, I would have to join their ranks for sure.

So what if it was a two part TV movie, it packs a massive psychological punch.

I rented this years ago and then bought it years later, but I've YET to find the courage to watch it again...arghhhhhh!

So there it sits on the shelf, until one day...I take it down, open the DVD player's tray...and press 'play'!

Yikes!

  Awful compared to the book.

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I wanted to give this a 2 star rating however it really is that awful. Do yourself a favour and read the book instead, it's about a million times better.
Honestly

  They forgot the "S" and "H" at the beginning of this title!!

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If I could of given it a minus score I would have!!!!!

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  Not to bad a film!!

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I think this film contributed to my utter dislike and slight fear of clowns, but still really enyoyed watching it at the same time.
The only thing i would say against it is that the ending is a bit of a let down in comparison to the rest of the film.

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  IT

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it isnt brilliant!interesting watching the characters from childhood to adults!but it was at times like watching a B-movie!some times good hammy horror but this was laughable!

  Overlong But Decent Enough.

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IT (1990) is a TV movie based on Stephen King's epic horror novel. The cast includes Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Seth Green, Jonathan Brandis, Annette O'Toole and Tim Curry.

The novel by King was a big epic read with plenty of characterization. This movie doesn't really capture that detail despite it's 3 hour run time. In fairness the epic storyline of the novel make it practically unfilmable anyway.

The cast are very good especially the kids. A young Seth Green is almost unrecognisable and Jonathan Brandis really steals the show with a standout performance.

Director Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III) makes the best use of his low-budget effects and creates a couple of scary moments but unfortunately the movie gets a little boring because of its long runtime.

This DVD is fairly decent and has some nice extras including a director and cast commentary but be warned the DVD is double sided and stops half way through requiring you to get up and switch the disc over.

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