Have you heard the one about the evil clown named Pennywise that eats children and feeds off of their fears? I guess the punchline isn’t going to really be funny. Regardless, the wait is over and the revamped version of Stephen King’s IT movie has finally arrived in theaters! Part remake. Part redo. And all business. Literally, because it’s going to make a shit-ton of money on opening weekend (latest projection is around $130 million). But does this new incarnation of IT live up to the hype, and how does it compare to the original 1990 mini-series of the same name? The latter I won’t focus on too much, but the former I definitely will. Continue reading
Oh of course. Our competitor is the original Pennywise because the new IT movie is coming out tomorrow (with the new Pennywise as well). Classic promotional tactic. But anyway, don’t look into his deadlights! If you don’t, you might have a chance to win this staring contest. But, seeing that you need to look him in the eyes to be victorious in this particular challenge pretty much means that you’re fucked. Oh well – I’m sure it’s not so bad in the deadlights. Maybe you could even get a nice fruity alcoholic drink while you’re there. Don’t forget your balloon! Don’t you want it? Don’t you want it? Don’t you want it? Beep Beep. You lose.
With the newly rebooted and remade version of Stephen King’s IT coming to the big screen in a two-parter, I recently started to think more about the original TV mini-series from 1990. Clearly most of the praise from that goes to Tim Curry giving a memorably creepy (and charming) performance as Pennywise The Clown. But there are enough little bits and pieces sprinkled throughout that are just as creepy and never fail to give me the creeps. Case in point: Beverly’s visit back home for some tea time.
Granted this scene is much different than how it plays out in the book (this was regular TV after all), but goddammit if I still don’t get the shakes when the old lady starts slurping her tea. And then when she turns into an old and rotten version of Beverly’s Dad? Phew. Check please! We shall see how the big screen treats this when the new version of IT comes out later this year, but suffice to say that I still to this day get the creeps from the TV version. Beep Beep!