History YMMV / It

15th Aug '17 9:13:55 PM Scabbard
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* JerkassHasAPoint : [[MyBelovedSmother Mrs. Kaspbrak]] usually doesn't let Eddie do anything, because she lives in terror of him dying of illness or injury. In the case of the shoe store X-ray machine, however, she was quite correct when she screamed at Eddie that those things give you cancer.

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* JerkassHasAPoint : JerkassHasAPoint: [[MyBelovedSmother Mrs. Kaspbrak]] usually doesn't let Eddie do anything, because she lives in terror of him dying of illness or injury. In the case of the shoe store X-ray machine, however, she was quite correct when she screamed at Eddie that those things give you cancer.
31st Jul '17 8:23:35 PM rjd1922
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* AuthorPhobia: Stephen King wrote an essay wherein he described the "ten bears" of various common fears. Rats, the dark, squishy things, closed-in spaces, things from outer space, fear ''for'' someone else, and a few others were all on the list. He pulls out all the stops with the creation of It, since It is a shapeshifter that takes on the form of the victim's greatest fears.
27th Jul '17 9:49:30 AM HeyFella
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In the book, the producer of Audra's movie (being shot in England) is stated to have once bowled a century at cricket. "Century" in cricket terminology is an individual score of at least 100 runs, a significant landmark for a batsman. Bowling an century can be used ironically to refer to a bowler who gives up over 100 runs in an innings, but it's obviously not an achievement to brag about in that case.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: In the book, the producer of Audra's movie (being shot in England) is stated to have once bowled a century at cricket. "Century" in cricket terminology is an individual score of at least 100 runs, a significant landmark for a batsman. Bowling an a century can be used ironically to refer to a bowler who gives up over 100 runs in an innings, but it's obviously not an achievement to brag about in that case.
25th Jul '17 1:33:48 PM GREGOLE
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** Throughout the book, It transforms into various licensed movie monsters. We see It become [[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon the Gillman]], [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's monster]], [[Film/{{Jaws}} Bruce]], [[Film/TheMummy1932 The Mummy]], and even [[Film/IWasATeenageWerewolf the Teenage Werewolf]]. Then Mike is frightened by Film/{{Rodan}}, causing Pennywise to take the form of... a lawyer-friendly, generic giant bird. Given Toho's draconian copyright policies, it's impossible not to get the impression that even It is scared of being sued.
25th Jul '17 1:29:04 PM GREGOLE
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** Pennywise is a male persona played by 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]].
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.
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