Poor adaptation of the pulp King novel that seems to have become over-rated by an entire generation of horror fans who happened to see it when they were kids. The tv film completely lacks all aspects of horror and is marred by poor performances and lazy scripting and a finale both ridiculous and anti-climatic. For those with coulrophobia set off by clowns this might be terrifying for all others...meh.
It's a solid story, sloppily told. Seriously, this movie has not aged well. A ridiculously inconsistent tone, questionable acting, serious gaps in logic, laughable tropes clashing with misguided attempts at social commentary, and more, should make it unwatchable. It is incredibly functional and weirdly compelling sometimes as a two-parter though; there's a sense of weight
and scope to the narrative's passage of time.
Had good moments. First half has some really terrifying scenes (Curry's Pennywise is one of the scariest King's characters ever), but the second one is lame: terrible script, muzzy humor and poor acting. Also, that Lucky 7 thing works in the beginning, but flops bad in the end. It surely left his mark on pop culture, but sadly fails most of the time. My fave quote: "You all taste so much better when you're afraid".
Very creepy miniseries. The first part is without a doubt the best of the two. By the end, it becomes a bit winded and a little hard to believe, like many King novels, but still, there's a lot to enjoy about it.
Yes, clowns are creepy. John Wayne Gacy Jr. stigmatised them for ever more and Stephen King's source material is malevolent business. This is a strong adaptation that functionally brings the concept to the screen. It's no masterpiece but its impact is unquestionable.
Well, this sure puts the "B" in B-movie. The first part is good (more scary than the entire season of American Horror Story: Freakshow), the second not so much and that final confrontation is so anti-climatic and dull... Being an avid reader of King's works I'll try to eventually read this one too since I'm sure the book will be much better. Tim Curry's Pennywise is a complete scene stealer and the best thing here.
With Stephen King books it's always difficult to make them work on the screen. 'It' is an unwieldy book, and they cast mostly TV actors so you can't get your hopes up too high. The one thing they really got right was Pennywise, and that was important.
Pretty facile as a piece of adaptation; less successful as horror. IT invents some nice expediencies that help propel the story. It lacks the immersion of King's psychologizing, but I found that shallow if long-winded in the book, so I don't mind paring it down. Ultimately, this retains a lot of the problems of the book and doesn't offer enough in return with its spotty acting and TV aesthetics.