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My personal favorite Stephen King Movie!
Wow... this really is a great movie. Not for kids though. I saw part of it when I was 5, and... well... I've been scarred.
Without spoiling too much, here's a brief plot summary.
IT tells the story of seven kids (six boys and a girl) who live in the town of Derry, Maine, in 1958. They are rejected by most people, and are known as "The Loser's Club". They become good friends.
However, Derry isn't exactly normal. The town is plagued by a horrible curse. A creature known only as "It" awakens every 30 years to feed on children. It can change its form to whatever someone is afraid of. It commonly disguises itself as a clown named Pennywise, and lures children to their deaths with balloons.
The Losers eventually discover It, and It threatens to kill them all. Desperate, the children ban together, head into It's lair beneath Derry, and successfully fight and apparantly kill It. They swear that if It should ever return, they will come back to Derry and finish the job.
30 years later, the Losers are all grown up. It comes back to Derry, and begins anew its killing spree. The Losers, remembering their promise from long ago, come back to Derry, and prepare for their second confrontation with It.
There are two reasons I love this movie: One is because of the perfect mix of drama and horror. The sequences with the children bonding and becoming friends will make any fan of Stand By Me nostalgic and misty-eyed. Alternately, any sequence with Pennywise is both scary and comical, a la Gremlins.
Tim Curry is the other reason why this movie is wonderful. He does a wonderful job mimicking a New York accent as Pennywise, and adds lots of humor to his role. A large chunk of the Pennywise sequences involve him prancing around comically, making death threats to the Losers.
All in all, this is a good film. Fans of the novel, however, will be a bit disappointed, though. The film is only 3 hours long, which is not enough time to include all of the material in the book. Many sequences, such as The Smoke Hole and The Ritual of The Chud, are completely cut out of the film. If you've read the book first, you probably won't like the movie. However, it's a good movie, overall. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5.