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Narm / It (1990)

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They ALLL FLOOAAT!! They ALLLL FLOAT!
This film may be iconic and well-remembered for its scariness, but most people revisiting the film might find themselves laughing at the film instead of cowering in fear.
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  • When Beverly starts crying about Pennywise, she says "Why is it so MEAN?"
    The Nostalgia Critic: YOU WOULD THINK THAT A PSYCHOTIC KILLING CLOWN WOULD BE A LITTLE NICER!
  • 5 words: DOG IN A CLOWN SUIT. It Makes Sense in Context (the security guard had a phobia of Doberman pinschers), but still.
  • "You're in for a surprise! YOU'RE IN FOR SUCH A SURPRISE!"
  • 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.
    • Likewise, the flashback scene in which Stan fends off the Pennywise!Mummy by holding out his bird book and repeating the names of all the birds comes off as a big "Huh?". The novel compares this to using a cross to fend off a vampire (an act of faith). In the mini-series, no such explanation is given, making the whole scene seem really silly.
    The Nostalgia Critic: What?! Are mummies just allergic to the sound of birds' names??
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  • The scene where young Eddie insists "I do have asthma, I do!", which is meant to be dramatic, but falls flat.
  • Pennywise in general. Tim Curry masterfully plays this Monster Clown, but seems to put more emphasis on the "Clown" part than "Monster," telling awful jokes and threatening people with his throaty, fake Brooklyn accent, and repeatedly bringing up how everyone is gonna FLOOOOOOAT. His performance often edges into Too Funny to Be Evil territory, ironically becoming an genuinely funny clown.
  • 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."
  • During the kids' confrontation with It:
    "You killed my brother George you BAST-ERD!"
    "This is battery acid, you slime!"
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  • The entire second half of the movie, the half featuring the adult actors, is brimming with Narm. For instance, there's Richard Thomas's (as adult Bill Denborough) laughable attempt at stuttering, and John Ritter's awkward love scenes (one of which involves macking the bloody clown itself).
    "Kiss me, FAT BOY!"
  • If you were scared of the movie during its first three-fourths, guaranteed you stopped being scared the moment IT reveals its true form...a shambling, stop-motion spider with crossed eyes.
  • The scene where Stan's wife finds Stan's corpse in the bathroom is supposed to be a horrifying moment, but the over-the-top facial expressions and the dramatic close-ups remove most of the drama from the scene.
  • When the gang discovers Stan's head in the fridge. Stan starts making humorous jokes about the gang and when Pennywise's voice takes over, he starts yelling "They ALLLL FLOAATT!!" in a constipated expression shown above.
    • Immediately before "Stan" makes his constipated face, we see his friends staring at him, and Richie's expression seems less terrified or distraught and more "bitch, please."
    • Furthermore, did Pennywise/the filmmakers forget that Stan died from slitting his wrists, rather than decapitation?
  • "Don't you want it? Don't you want it? DON'T YOU WANT IT!? DONTCHAWANTIT! dontchawhachech!"
  • The scene where Henry's hair has gone completely white - cut out the audio, and the angle and lighting make it look more like an 80s music video.
  • When adult Eddie tries the inhaler trick on It's true form, he changes his childhood one-liner for maximum Narm:
    "This is battery acid . . . now you disappear!"
  • The usage of balloons in the film is meant to be frightening but when they are introduced in abundance, they become less terrifying.
  • The reason why Beverly began to believe that there was something wrong with the entire town was because a random old man decided not to help her when she was getting bullied as a child. In the book, much is made of It's ability to ramp up adults' tendency to try and ignore anything they don't understand, or makes them uncomfortable, and many examples are given. Here, only the one example is shown, in flashback, and makes it seem as if Beverly is leaping to conclusions.
  • AUDRAAAAAAAAAA!

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