A tale of two halves but a great nostalgic ride into the dead lights.
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Based on: the Novel of the same name from Stephen King
Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace, Lawrence D. Cohen.
Length: approx. 3h 12 min
Genre: Horror/ Drama
It was November 1991. My friends and I were playing football outside and having a great time. Unbeknownst to us was the nightmarish movie viewing on display inside the house. Our siblings were watching some film about a clown; what could be so damn scary about that, right? Well, us kids waltz inside and feast our eyes upon one scary mofo that left me with many sleepless nights. Welcome to Stephen King's IT – but does it hold up as well upon viewing as an adult? Yes and no.
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, best known known for (at that point) the underrated Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Fright Night Part 2 and obviously based on the very famous novel by Stephen King, comes a two part mini-series about a group of seven kids - effectively known as
The mini-series was a massive hit when it debuted on TV in the United States and was a major step forward for future mini-series, as far as pushing the envelope goes. It's not everyday you'll see a film about a child eating demon on prime time television but these days it's the norm – but does it hold up well? Let's start with the first part.
It's a quite literally a mini-series of two halves. If they had a bigger budget, maybe an MA rating (as the book is very violent and bloody) and cast better adult actors (not all, just a couple) – it'd be a terrific mini-series. As it stands, it's just good but you know what – after all these years and repeated viewings later, that's impressive enough.
Written by Matthew.
'Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid.'
Trivia: Jonathan Brandis (Young Bill) and John Ritter (Adult Ben) both tragically died in 2003. Brandis died via suicide and Ritter had a fatal heart attack.