Stephen King’s It (1990,2017)

Tv miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace 

Starring John Ritter, Tim Reid, Annette O’ Toole, Harry Anderson, Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis

2017 film directed by Andy Muschietti 

Starring Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray, Sophia Lills.

Today I want to go into a genre of movies I have only talked about two times in reference to the documentaries of the Friday the 13thand Nightmare on Elm Street films. Horror movies are not my favorite, but I did enjoy the horror films of the 1980’s and 1990’s. These days saw the release of the trailer for the second part of Stephen King’s It. one of the scariest things I have seen in a movie was Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown, yet there is something about the film that I like and I keep watching it. I am going to talk about both versions, and give my take on them. 

The story is about a small town that has a history of kids mysteriously disappearing. The story follows a group of friends that come together slowly and then form the “losers club”. All of them have encounters with the Clown and together they vow to destroy it, knowing that he killed the brother of one of them. once destroyed the group of friends make a vow to return if the clown returns to Derry. That is the second part of the film, they receive the call from Mike that stayed in Derry when he sees that Pennywise might be back. They all return and reconnect and start remembering all the things that happened and face the monster again. It is yet to see what direction the second part in the new version will take but I think it will be similar in plot to the other film. I think that what I liked most about the movie is that the main story is the bond they make, the clown is almost a side story that obviously impacts their lives

I know the first one was a made for a TV movie, so compared to the new version, I think this one had less resources in terms of time and maybe visuals like the new version did. both versions are good but I think I liked the 90’s version more, at least for now pending on how I like the second part of It that will soon hit theaters. I like the actors that play both parts, when they were young and as adults. I think John Ritter was good in his role as the adult Ben, Tim Reid as Mike and Richard Masur as Stan. Of course, Tim Curry was amazing as the clown and he was scary without the aid of special effects, it was a pure performance. There are flaws after all, it might have a limited budget and some effects are not the best and the beast they fight at the end was not that scary or epic compared to way Curry scared us throughout the film. The main reason for me is Tim Curry’s performance, Skarsgard did a good job as Pennywise, but I still prefer Tim Curry’s version because he scared with less and the visuals felt more real. 

I can’t wait to the second part and see how it goes, but one thing I can’t deny, Tim Curry made me think twice about clowns, jejeje.

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