OOM #25 – It (1990)

Welcome to the fun times of October, the scary times of the horrific times, part of the last week of October. Scary things may start happening around your neighborhood, so look around, be aware and beware of everything and anything that crosses your path. Halloween makes portals appear to places and monsters that you don’t want to live through. Be aware.

The film of today is actually a TV miniseries that was recommended to watch by our dear James Rolfe in his Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness. “It” (1990) is among the most canonical works of horror TV of the last three decades, and it remains a classic for some, and James puts a good case as to what it’s charm really is. Released the year I was born, let’s see how the fantastic Stephen King novel was adapted to this miniseries. You can watch James’s video here and my review below.

The moment has gone by, at times there was an expectation, some kind of real impressive element towards the fact that a new Stephen King adaptation was going to come out, that was the 80’s and 90’s everyone. Since the 2000’s we’ve seen more and at the same time less reputable adaptations of the work of the writer from Maine, I don’t know what happened, but there seems to be a resurgence of all of that in the latest years of the 2010’s, new movies, new TV movies, new TV series and all kind of projects related to properties of the master of horror, so I think it’s time for us to give a new look to the earlier experiments, maybe in a now Golden Age of TV as has been heralded, we can see new and better ways of turning this stories into something great. “It” (1990), sadly, is not greatness, but at its time it was something decent to watch, and now that still maintains.

Allegedly scarring and starting a phobia for clowns for an entire generation, this movie is about seven kids that find the reason behind the massive killings in the history of their town, Derry, attributed to a monster with no age and no intentions other than to destroy and maim and then feed on the horrors and the bodies of small kids. The first part ends with the defeat of the monster when they are kids, and the rest of the film is how they try, as adults, to defeat the monster again, with the mind of adults clouding their visions of the fantastic and horrific things that they’ve seen as kids: werewolves, monsters, mutilations, mummies, and other assortment of creatures… including Pennywise the clown, the staple and classic image of this miniseries.

While made for TV, and thus toning down the violence, the film remains somewhat interesting in the way that it constructs its narrative with flashbacks and flashforwards, going through the memories and lives of the kids. Sadly, the novel is much more deep in those experiences, and the miniseries even at over 3 hours long feels a bit like an oversight of many of the most interesting elements of the deep and obviously more adult themes of the book. Still, it remains mostly watchable and entertaining, as well as fundamental in understanding horror, specially when it comes to Tim Curry’s performance. Kinda, check it out, kinda.

7/10

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