Stephen King’s IT (1990) Review

Rating: 8 / 10

The classic adaptation from Stephen King novel that offers so much more than modern day horror movies.

Plot: In 1960, seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.


  • Tim Curry as Pennywise/It
  • Richard Thomas and Jonathan Brandis as Bill Denbrough
  • John Ritter and Brandon Crane as Ben Hanscom
  • Harry Anderson and Seth Green as Richie Tozier
  • Annette O’Toole and Emily Perkins as Beverly Marsh
  • Tim Reid and Marlon Taylor as Mike Hanlon
  • Dennis Christopher and Adam Faraizl as Eddie Kaspbrak
  • Richard Masur and Ben Heller as Stanley Uris
  • Michael Cole and Jarred Blancard as Henry Bowers

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen, Tommy Lee Wallace

Based on: IT (novel) by Stephen King

This mini-series, let’s call it a movie from now on, was on my watch list for such a long time and I don’t know why I didn’t see IT sooner. Stephen King’s movie adaptations haven’t always been good (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive and more) so I was hesitant to see IT. With hearing that they are making a remake, I thought why I don’t give it a shot. At first it was hard to watch a movie that is 26 years old but later on I got used to it and was back in the 1990’s and enjoyed the time.

This movie now goes into my top of best horror movies. IT has to offer so much from a horror genre – acting, story, characters, scares. IT goes under your skin and you will feel scared after the movie ends. Pennywise/IT is one of the iconic characters of all time and will be. It was good that I didn’t read the book before the movie. When you read the book, you always start to compare it and can’t enjoy the vision of the director that it brings on the screen. But as from now, I saw the movie, now I can read the book. Yeeeeee.

The movie is so solid with its characters and the story. It grabs you in and you can’t get enough. For a horror movie that is superb. Nowadays horror movies always concentrate on scaring the audience, that it forgets to put soul in the characters and the story. And in IT, the characters shine the most. The story was well paced and made me really know them all. You can see that the characters were created by Stephen King. The only bad thing I can say about the story was the ending – I was surprised on what happened in the end.

All the performances were great. All of the child actors were brilliant and it was interesting to see how young were the actor’s at that time. The adult actors performances were just ok – some of them looked funny with their acting. The best performance of course was by Tim Curry as Pennywise/IT. Oh my god!!! He was brilliant. Now I am scared of clowns. Thank you Tim Curry. HA… But let’s get serious. Tim Curry was interesting to watch; he mostly was scary but also funny. First half of the movie we don’t get that much Pennywise on the screen. They mostly concentrated on the introduction of the characters. But when the other half of the movie started – IT got scarier and scarier. He truly has become my favourite scary clown.

The movies cinematography is simple. Showing great transactions between past and present but the movie gives bad dissolve scenes – I don’t like that in movies. When something emotional happens, a dissolve scene comes up too fast and it has no effect on us emotionally. Or sometimes Pennywise scary face appears and then dissolve scene comes up – no effect on us. Maybe in the 90’s it was popular, but it doesn’t look good. And for a 1990 movie there was some bad special effects, especially in the end. Maybe I’m mistaken but it didn’t look good. The director did good job – some of the scenes that were filmed had some good spooky atmosphere in them and had a chilling effect but can’t call them horrifying. All the scenes with Pennywise were brilliant and I wanted to see more of the character. But we are getting a remake – more Pennywise…yeeiiii…..

Proving in later years to have a cult following, IT has and will be one of the best Stephen King adaptations, that will make you bee fearful of clowns. If you haven’t seen the movie – I suggest you see it.

*See the trailer below. It looks freaking awesome.

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