History YMMV / It

27th Apr '17 4:44:56 AM AustinDR
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* CompleteMonster: [[AntagonistTitle It]], a.k.a. [[MonsterClown Pennywise the Dancing Clown]], is without question one of the most horrifying characters ever written. A [[EldritchAbomination primordial being]] [[TimeAbyss as old as time]], It awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town of [[TownWithADarkSecret Derry, Maine]], often using the avatar of a jovial clown named Pennywise to lure children into its clutches. It prides itself on using its shapeshifting and hallucinogenic powers to torment its victims, preying on their phobias and acquired fears and likening the cultivation of their terror to "salting the meat." From 1740 to 1743, It was responsible for the disappearance of three hundred Derry Township settlers. In 1957, It killed Bill's six-year-old brother, George, and devoured Patrick Hockstetter alive while in the form of his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes greatest fear, leeches]]. It also drove [[TheBully Henry Bowers]] to madness, then killed Bowers' friends after they succeeded in luring the Losers' Club into the sewers. After waking up in 1984, It kills a man named Adrian Mellon before resuming its violent killing spree of children. It proceeds to manipulate Henry Bowers into trying to kill the Losers; drives Bill's wife, Audra, catatonic by exposing her to its deadlights; and manages to kill Eddie before its final defeat. Cold-hearted, sadistic, and utterly vile, It stands out as one the most wretched characters Stephen King ever wrote.

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* CompleteMonster: [[AntagonistTitle It]], a.k.a. [[MonsterClown Pennywise the Dancing Clown]], is without question one of the most horrifying characters ever written. A [[EldritchAbomination primordial being]] [[TimeAbyss as old as time]], It awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town of [[TownWithADarkSecret Derry, Maine]], Derry]], often using the avatar of a jovial clown named Pennywise to lure children into its clutches. It prides itself on using its shapeshifting and hallucinogenic powers to torment its victims, preying on their phobias and acquired fears and likening the cultivation of their terror to "salting the meat." From 1740 to 1743, It was responsible for the disappearance of three hundred Derry Township settlers. In 1957, It killed Bill's six-year-old brother, George, and devoured Patrick Hockstetter alive while in the form of his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes greatest fear, leeches]]. It also drove [[TheBully Henry Bowers]] to madness, then killed Bowers' friends after they succeeded in luring the Losers' Club into the sewers. After waking up in 1984, It kills a man named Adrian Mellon before resuming its violent killing spree of children. It proceeds to manipulate Henry Bowers into trying to kill the Losers; drives Bill's wife, Audra, catatonic by exposing her to its deadlights; and manages to kill Eddie before its final defeat. Cold-hearted, sadistic, and utterly vile, It stands out as one the most wretched characters Stephen King ever wrote.
6th Apr '17 2:40:26 PM unclejack
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* FoeYay: It's movie only, but the scene where Adult Ben thinks he's kissing Beverly when it turns out to be It in drag, who then shouts "Kiss me, fat boy!"



* HamAndCheese: While Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise, in the movie, is viewed as pretty scary by many, he also gives it a healthy dose of this, and it is ever so glorious.



** One character commits suicide in this. Jonathan Brandis, who plays the young Bill, would later hang himself. What's more is that his co-star John Ritter would also die in the same year.



** Pennywise is a male persona played by Creator/TimCurry. The monster is revealed, at the end of the book to be [[spoiler:female. Tim Curry is therefore, [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow once again]], playing a transvestite]]. What's more is that It is from another planet, just like Frank.
** For that matter, Tim Curry playing a MonsterClown. He [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]] ended up playing ComicBook/TheJoker in BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, but difficulty doing The Joker's voice lead them to casting MarkHamill instead.
** In the scene where they find Stan's talking disembodied head in the freezer, the head [[Film/TheRoom nonchalantly asks "How's your sex life?"]]



** Richie is scared of werewolves. He's also played by Creator/SethGreen, who would go on to get the role of the werewolf Oz in Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.



* {{Narm}}: Many scenes, but [[FoeYay "Kiss me,]] [[ChewingTheScenery fat boy."]] is probably the narmiest.
** Also "Why is it so ''mean?''"
** 5 words: DOG IN A CLOWN SUIT. ItMakesSenseInContext (the security guard had a phobia of Doberman pinschers), but still.
** Almost any time the word "deadlights" is used. It's Narm in the book, but Mega-Narmtastic in the movie.
*** Similarly, every time Pennywise mentions balloons, particularly when they float.
** The final scene in which Bill "cures" his wife merely by riding with her on his bike. In the book, it becomes clear that "Silver" is being used by the Other as much as Bill is, but the movie fails to make that clear, leaving the final scene as a great big "WHAT??"
** The book makes it clear that Bill's phrase used to help him with his stutter ("He thrusts his fists against the post and still insists he sees the ghost") becomes a sort of mystic chant that he can use against It. In the movie, the phrase is introduced exactly once before the dramatic confrontation, making you wonder why Bill is standing there repeating it to It.
** Honestly, the fact that the mini-series leaves out the entire fact that there actually is a sentient force guiding the Losers Club makes Narm out of every scene where one of them says anything akin to "I feel like we're supposed to do this."



* PlayingAgainstType : Many of the cast members were primarily known for comedic roles (Tim Reid for Series/{{WKRP}}, Creator/JohnRitter for Series/ThreesCompany, Richard Masur for Series/OneDayAtATime , and so on) and guest appearances on television series. Few were known for horror films.
** Harry Anderson (best known as the zany judge in NightCourt), also applies, but at least his character is mostly the comic relief.



* SpecialEffectsFailure: It's [[spoiler: spider-form at the end of the movie. The true metaphysical nature of IT is only vaguely referenced.]] It looks very cheap and results in quite an AntiClimax. To be fair, the cosmic elements of the novel would be tough to replicate on the screen. The stop motion effects are pretty cheap too.
5th Apr '17 3:37:27 PM FlashSteps
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* TheScrappy: Richie is this for some. Especially in Weber's narration, where his constant vocal imitations and responses from the other Losers of "Beep beep Richie!" begin to grate and wear thin pretty fast.
5th Apr '17 2:43:30 AM HeyFella
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** For that matter, Tim Curry playing a MonsterClown. He [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]] ended up playing TheJoker in BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, but difficulty doing The Joker's voice lead them to casting MarkHamill instead.

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** For that matter, Tim Curry playing a MonsterClown. He [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]] ended up playing TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, but difficulty doing The Joker's voice lead them to casting MarkHamill instead.
4th Apr '17 7:50:50 AM HBICece
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*** What's more is that the producers of [[Film/It2017 the remake]] wound up being MisBlamed for this, with many people believing it to be some form of ViralMarketing.
2nd Apr '17 6:53:59 PM valhallaerikson
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* SlutShaming: Many critics subject Beverly to this for [[spoiler:having sex with the boys to keep them from freaking out after their first fight with It.]] The scene was only present in the book, but even movie-Bev gets hit by it. Many others, however, just object to the scene in general due to the character ages and situation. A more direct in-universe example happens when Mrs. Kaspbrak confronts the children, describing Bev's eyes as "decidedly slutty jade's eyes." If Bev had spoken, Mrs. Kasprak would have told her "what sort of girl ran with boys."
** It also exists in Universe in the form of Beverly's father as well as her abusive boyfriend, Tom Rogan. Both of which accuse her of being one when the mere mention of a boy is uttered by her.
31st Mar '17 10:14:46 AM Eagal
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* TearJerker: The ending.

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* %%* TearJerker: The ending.
31st Mar '17 10:12:34 AM Eagal
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* MagnificentBastard: Pennywise.
* MemeticMolester: [[MonsterClown Gue]][[Creator/TimCurry ss.]]

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* %%* MagnificentBastard: Pennywise.
* MemeticMolester: [[MonsterClown Gue]][[Creator/TimCurry ss.]]%%* MemeticMolester
25th Mar '17 11:14:11 AM superboy313
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* CompleteMonster: [[AntagonistTitle It]], a.k.a. [[MonsterClown Pennywise the Dancing Clown]], is without question one of the most horrifying characters ever written. A [[EldritchAbomination primordial being]] [[TimeAbyss as old as time]], It awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town of [[TownWithADarkSecret Derry, Maine]], often using the avatar of a jovial clown named Pennywise to lure children into its clutches. It prides itself on using its shapeshifting and hallucinogenic powers to torment its victims, preying on their phobias and acquired fears and likening the cultivation of their terror to "salting the meat." From 1740 to 1743, It was responsible for the disappearance of three hundred Derry Township settlers. In 1957, It killed Bill's six-year-old brother, George, and devoured Patrick Hockstetter alive while in the form of his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes greatest fear, leeches]]. It also drove [[TheBully Henry Bowers]] to madness, then killed Bowers' friends after they succeeded in luring the Losers' Club into the sewers. After waking up in 1984, It kills a man named Adrian Mellon before resuming its violent killing spree of children. It proceeds to manipulate Henry Bowers into trying to kill the Losers; drives Bill's wife, Audra, catatonic by exposing her to its deadlights; and manages to kill Eddie before its final defeat.
** It's also a DirtyCoward; when It finally realizes it could actually die, It tries to shamelessly bribe the Losers into letting It go.

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* CompleteMonster: [[AntagonistTitle It]], a.k.a. [[MonsterClown Pennywise the Dancing Clown]], is without question one of the most horrifying characters ever written. A [[EldritchAbomination primordial being]] [[TimeAbyss as old as time]], It awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town of [[TownWithADarkSecret Derry, Maine]], often using the avatar of a jovial clown named Pennywise to lure children into its clutches. It prides itself on using its shapeshifting and hallucinogenic powers to torment its victims, preying on their phobias and acquired fears and likening the cultivation of their terror to "salting the meat." From 1740 to 1743, It was responsible for the disappearance of three hundred Derry Township settlers. In 1957, It killed Bill's six-year-old brother, George, and devoured Patrick Hockstetter alive while in the form of his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes greatest fear, leeches]]. It also drove [[TheBully Henry Bowers]] to madness, then killed Bowers' friends after they succeeded in luring the Losers' Club into the sewers. After waking up in 1984, It kills a man named Adrian Mellon before resuming its violent killing spree of children. It proceeds to manipulate Henry Bowers into trying to kill the Losers; drives Bill's wife, Audra, catatonic by exposing her to its deadlights; and manages to kill Eddie before its final defeat.
** It's also a DirtyCoward; when
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6th Jan '17 6:57:44 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight:
** [[spoiler:It is implied that Beverly's father was attracted to her.]] Also, she later states she [[FreudianExcuse married]] her father in [[DomesticAbuser Tom]].
** Eddie also marries a woman quite like [[MyBelovedSmother his mother]], in both general appearance and behavior. And in the movie, he lives with his mother into his 40s.
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