ITWarner Home Video
1990
NR

“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I’m your worst dream come true. I’m everything you ever were afraid of.”

Underneath the sleepy Maine town of Dery (I defy you to show me a town in Maine that isn’t sleepy), an unspeakable Lovecraftian evil dwells, manifesting itself as a clown and preying on the town’s children. In the 1950s, five youths venture into the bowels of the town and battle the unnameable thing, and leave it for dead. Twenty years later, however, It has returned. And now the group that battled the entity all those years ago are grown up with lives of their own. They’re coming back for a reunion, to put to rest once and for all the evil that stalks the town…

This is a first. An adaptation that’s actually better than the novel, if only for the fact that it trims out many needless details that made reading the book a long and tedious thing for me. And there were many, none-the-least of which is young Billy’s psychic journey to meet up with the giant cosmic turtle. Seriously.

Even with the simplified plot, this three-hour-plus TV miniseries zips right along. Casting Tim Curry as the evil clown was genius. It also helped to have the cast of adults a veritable who’s who of TV veterans, giving very commendable performances. On the downside, the final confrontation with the Creature disappointed me, as it could have benefited from more shadowy concealment to leave much to the imagination, instead of rendering it out in the open. Outside of that, and some obviously dated computer graphics, It is some fun watchin’…

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