* 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 shape-changer that can literally appear as anything the victim fears.
* CompleteMonster: In the town of [[TownWithADarkSecret Derry, Maine]], [[AntagonistTitle IT]] awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town, often using the avatar of a MonsterClown 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.
* 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.
* 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!"
* GeniusBonus: When the Losers go into the house on Neibolt Street to have their first confrontation with It as a group, Richie finds a bunch of [[AuthorPhobia rats]] with their tails tangled up together. This what is referred to as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_king_%28folklore%29 rat king]], and it is considered a very bad omen.
* 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.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler:"Tell Stan unless he's on his way to Derry, he's a dead man!"]]
* HilariousInHindsight: 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]].
*** For that matter, TimCurry 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.
** 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?"]]
** The homophobic teens who commit the first on-page murder of the book repeatedly profess their love of Music/JudasPriest. Rob Halford, the band's lead singer, came out in 1998.
** 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.
** An InUniverse example: After reading one of Bill's early "horrorbooks" about werewolves, Patty Uris thinks: "Werewolves, shit. What did a man like that know about werewolves?" We find out what Bill knows about werewolves in Chapter 8.
* HollywoodPudgy: Ben, at least in the film. In the books he's described as being quite obese, but he's in good enough shape to keep up with the others because he walks everywhere he goes. The main reason he's fat is that his mother overfeeds him and he has a massive SweetTooth.
* HoYay: [[spoiler:Henry and Patrick alone in the town dump...]]
** In the movie, Eddie mentions that he could never be with anyone he didn't love, and he's never loved anyone but the rest of the Losers. In the book, [[spoiler: Richie is the last person Eddie talks to, and Richie and kisses him goodbye after he dies.]]
* MagnificentBastard: Pennywise.
* MemeticMolester: [[MonsterClown Gue]][[TimCurry ss.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: It crosses the line when it kills and feasts on Bill's brother George Denbrough (who is only 6 years old), tearing his arm off.
** Henry almost crosses this when he begins to carve his name into Ben's stomach with a switchblade, and eventually crossed it when he stole and [[ShootTheDog poisoned Mike's dog]] and just ForTheEvulz and gleefully rubbed it in Mike's face.
** Patrick crosses it when he [[spoiler:smothers his baby brother.]]
** Tom crosses it in the book when he beats Beverly's friend Kay nearly to death until she reveals where Beverly went.
* {{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.
** 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 cant 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.
* NightmareFuel: Any scene in the TV movie with Pennywise is scary, especially if you are afraid of clowns. TimCurry did a good job at being a MonsterClown in that movie.
* NightmareRetardant: Whenever TimCurry's Pennywise goes over-the-top and silly. "Excuse me sir, do you have Prince Albert in a can? You do? Well ya better let the poor guy out! WAHA! WAHA! WAHA! WAHA!"
** '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOUMIXbTM5U KISS MEH, FAT BOI!!]]'''
* OneSceneWonder: [[TheSociopath Patrick Hockstetter]] only gets one fairly brief chapter from his POV, but God is it memorable.
* 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.
* ProductionForeshadowing: In the story "Gray Matter" from his book ''Literature/NightShift'', King tells us about a sewer worker who went down into a pipe one day and allegedly saw "a spider as big as a good-sized dog settin' in a web full of kitties and such all wrapped up in silk thread."
* 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.
* TearJerker: The ending
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/SethGreen is Young Richie.
* 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 too.
* {{Squick}}: In the novel, the gang, drained of energy after their first encounter with It in Its lair in the sewers, re-power themselves by losing their virginity with Bev. Is it emotionally significant to the story? Yes, but it's still a bunch of children having sex one after the other in a sewer.
** There's also the scene where Beverly encounters an old woman who is IT in disguise. See NightmareFuel for details.
** To say nothing of the scene between Henry and Patrick.
* TheWoobie: Every one of the Losers qualifies, with the ''possible'' exception of Richie (as he has a good home life and he invites some of Henry & co.'s bullying by being unable to keep from making smartass comments to them).
** Poor, poor Dorsey Corcoran. And Georgie, particularly in the movie.
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