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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I ran a pic of Tim Curry in the Pennywise make-up from the IT mini-series early on in the column’s run and received another shot from the making of the series from make-up man Bart Mixon in response. This one has Mr. Mixon touching up Pennywise the Dancing Clown’s make-up.

I’m kind of glad the proposed re-do of IT hasn’t come to fruition. I mean, the mini-series is about a tenth as scary and awesome as Stephen King’s book, but the movie they were talking about doing was supposed to be from Beverly Marsh’s perspective and that doesn’t sound like a good idea at all to me.

And really, you can’t get a better Pennywise in design and performance. Tim Curry was inspired casting and knocked it out of the park, creating an iconic monster, which is doubly impressive when you consider how mediocre the rest of the series is.

Thanks again to Bart Mixon for sending this one along. Hope you guys enjoy!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic wouldn’t hurt a fly.

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  • July 10, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    alpha

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

  • July 10, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Trying to set the night on fire!

    by WerePlatypus

  • July 10, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Should do it in two movies

    by KarlKolchak

    First, focus on kids, a la "Stand By Me" Second, the adults' story

  • July 10, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    THAT IS NOT GREEN ARROW

    by sabiansix

    DC is really slacking in making their characters look like they did in the comic. he never had red hair.

  • July 10, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Don't do "It" again

    by bass

    As much as I love "It" the novel, I think we all have to acknowledge the end, as written, is terrible. Incomprehensible, and kinda gross too. The novel gets huge points for creepy atmosphere leading up to the end, but it's a very typical SK ending, much like the air leaking out of an over-inflated tire. I doubt any remake would improve upon Tim Curry's Pennywise anyways, dude was FREAKY.

  • July 10, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    IT is probably Stephen King’s masterpiece

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I know most people would choose The Stand, but you can make an argument that IT was King’s best example of character development and attaching to something truly horrific (a child killing sewer clown?!?). Great use of the structure of flashback + flash forward to tell the two overlapping stories, and a great feel of what you experienced as a kid. It does have one of the more bizarre endings (even for King who traditionally has difficulty with that type of thing) and also features a rather interesting ritual to link all of the kids together (no way that would fly today and quite honestly it comes way out of left field.). But pound for pound it’s a great example of what made the older King so good. BTW – The Dark Tower could have been his magnum opus, but after he got hit by the van it was over. Wolves of the Calla starts a precipitous drop-off in the quality of the story from which the series never recovers – damn shame too, since “Wizards and Glass” was at the time the best thing he’d written in 20 years. I miss the old King – The Stand, Firestarter, The Shining, It, and The Dead Zone were an amazing way to spend an evening.

  • July 10, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    hey georgie boy, want a balloon!

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    Curry gave me the creeps.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for The Talisman

    by David Hinson

    When is that getting off the ground?

  • July 11, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Agree with bass

    by VitaminZ

    It's a great book (and could have been his best book) that completely falls apart at the end. A bunch of pre-pubescent kids have a gang bang in a sewer? *That* was the solution?? The weird giant spider/giant turtle thing didn't make a ton of sense either, and didn't have much to do with the rest of the book up to that point. It's a shame because everything about the book is tremendous until the last couple hundred pages.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    A-buh... a-buh... Biiilly-boy!

    by caruso-stalker217

  • July 11, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    IT IS King's masterpiece, the Bible of horror novels.

    by wtriker1701

    The Stand had sometimes a very slow pacing, whereas IT was a constant winner on EVERY page! The grand 27-Year-Cicle Masterscheme! They did an OK-2-parter for TV. Back then I wished, they could have done it for the Big Screen, with IT1 and IT2. But even the movies were crap fests back then, so IT on TV kicked them in the balls by far. But as it is - you can't compare the book to the TV experience. They are different worlds. But it was fun to see the cast - they all had great performances and they were not no-names. If the ending wouldn't have been that kind-of-easy bad (the slingshot effect) it would have had greater impact, I believe! Even the soundtrack gave the audience some kind of good scare. Tim Curry, Richard Thomas, Annette O'Toole et al - they were great - even the kiddos!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    The Talisman...

    by Randall Flagg

    ...still has Ehren Kruger listed as screenwriter on IMDB. Yeah, no thanks.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I HATE CLOWNS

    by Anthony Torchia

    I HATE CLOWNS I HATE CLOWNS I HATE CLOWNS

  • July 11, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    didn't read the book

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    it sounds lame

  • July 11, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Movie was wayyy too short

    by proevad

    Maybe if I hadn't read the book... This is one of his Top 5 books. Might be his best. Can see that argument being won.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Pennywise is scary.

    by blackwood

    If they were only to get one thing exactly right in the series, they picked the right one.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    the ending (book spoilers)

    by mrgray

    First, it's almost impossible to defend the "love scene" without sounding like a creep, but I'll take the bullet. It doesn't come out of left field. Much of the horror in the book is wrapped up in pubescent fears of sexuality. The most obvious example is Bev and her dad. Eddie's run-in with the leper and his rotten offer of a blowjob is another example. There's the gay guy who gets killed because the thugs are homophobes. There's the Bowers-Hostetler scene. Those are the ones I can list off the top of my head and I know for sure there are more. The love scene does a great job of showing how these characters deal with their fear of sex by drawing strength from it (which is what they had been doing in the face of every other fear, so it's consistent). This is to say nothing of the fact that thematically it's more about a rite of passage than an actual sex act. Sex aside, there's a very obvious, very sweet, group crush going on with Bev that informs the love scene. It's just unfortunate that it gets read as "children screwing" instead of "a group of friends physically expressing their love". I mean, it's not a gang rape or anything. Is it a little weird? Well, sure. I would never argue that it HAD to be included. But it does work, regardless of some people's prudish responses to it. It works for the plot AND for the theme.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Norman Bates tomorrow

    by BenBraddock

    So it's either PSYCHO or DALAI LAMA - THE MOVIE

  • mrgray wrote: It's just unfortunate that it gets read as "children screwing" instead of "a group of friends physically expressing their love". This reminds me of the NAMBLA episode of South Park. Yes, fine, it's a touching expression of love among friends that reflects a major theme of the story...but dude...IT'S CHILDREN SCREWING! I'm with the prudes on this one. Context only goes so far. If that shit hadn't been in the book, it's biggest crime would have been that the big bad is [spoiler alert] a big spider [/spoiler alert]. No, wait, I'm sorry, [spolier alert again] it's creature *so mindblowing*, the best the human brain can do to interpret it is to see a big spider.[/end spoiler] Oh come on, Stephen King, that's the best you can do? The sad thing is that aside from King's usual indulgences (painfully facile characterization for villains, etc.), the book was readable. The concept of a killer clown is rock solid. As for Tim Curry, I was disappointed. Hear me out: Curry's voice was blatantly malevolent, like a old timey New York cab driver. Kind of on the nose. In the book, I don't recall the voice ever being described, so I imagined it sounding like a clown's voice: much more innocuous and actually friendly, and therefore surrealistically scary.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    the end of the book was forgettable

    by Rupee88

    I had conveniently forgotten it until you guys reminded me why I did forget it. Yes it was really lame and just didn't work and little kids having sex just doesn't thematically work on many levels..the whole frog/spider thing didn't make sense either. Oh well, he was/is a mad genius and that's the best he could at the time..the rest of the book is excellent even though he fumbled near the goal line.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see a remake done right

    by Durendal

    Because, for the most part, the book was fantastic, aside from King's fucking closeted pedophilia at the end, but that is easily removed. I read the book and loved it, but the miniseries was pretty damned sorry aside from Curry being damned good as Pennywise. Is he too old to reprise the role? I'd like to see a four-part miniseries that gives it a fuller, better treatment. I think Super8 showed that you can still do a movie that reminds you of what it's like to be a kid again, much like the novel It did. They could pull that off in a new miniseries, and I'd love to see the right hands take a crack at It.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry could have done better

    by WWBD

    Gotta agree with Greggers here. "on the nose" is exactly right. curry nails the comedy of the character, but never really the horror. Some of the make-up work and direction does that for him. But I will also defend the "gang bang." Don't forget that the kids are all about to die down there in the sewers. They're lost, exhausted, and their collective will is shattered. That ultimate moment of love and friendship brings them the strength to move forward.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Oh, DVD commentary on IT is FANTASTIC

    by WWBD

    Some great stuff from the actors, but the director is so informative. He openly acknowledges some of the problems and weaknesses of the movie (e.g., the ending) and explains why they made a lot of the choices they did.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Pre-pubescent kids have a gang bang in the sewer?

    by fustfick

    Jesus H. Maybe we should cross Victor Salva off the short list of redo directors. What's Larry Clark up to?

  • July 11, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    'Christine' ('83) is King's masterwork...

    by BiggusDickus

    The way he switches between first and third-person narrative shows a writer at the very top of his game. Sadly, after 'Misery' in '87, it was all downhill after that...

  • July 11, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    I also think the gangbang scene was what it was.

    by V'Shael

    It's very very rare when King doesn't fumble the last few chapters of a great book. The STAND has the 'hand of god' and Flagg on an island ending. The Dark Tower... well, the less said the better. But for me, IT was the one where everything worked right up until the very last page. Even the kids sex scene, and the Turtle and the Beams and the not-really-a-spider. It tied into the Dark Tower series in that respect. And Tim Curry was genius as Pennywise, even if the rest of the miniseries was a huge disappointment.

  • July 11, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Don't you want it?

    by Han Cholo

    Don't you want it? Don't you want it? DON'T YOU WANT IT?!?! DON'T YOU WANT IT?!?!?! DON'T YOU WANT IT?!?!? ARF!!! <p> Always wondered why there was a dog bark after that? Watch that part on the DVD

  • July 11, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry and Make Up pic of the day

    by CuervoJones

    I liked the Frank-N-Furter pic better, but this one is good too. I don´t like this adaptation of one of my favourite books, BTW

  • July 11, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    I wish they could have just released this on the big screen.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    And leave in all of the sexuality and gore of the book.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Stephen King, the emperor has no clothes . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    The most consitantly over rated author of our time. Never wrote a good ending, just knocked out boil-in-the-bag regurgitated crap masquerading as imagination.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Wait what the book ends with an orgy/gang rape with children?

    by KilliK

    robin,to the bat-Kindle.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Stephen King's short stories and novellas are better than his novels

    by murray_hamilton

    His novels always run out of steam towards the end. And that's after they've already meandered around for 300 pages. But his short story collections are all pretty solid, especially Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    And Summer of Night by Dan Simmons is better than IT

    by murray_hamilton

    Similar theme of kids coming up against evil, but the stakes are much higher. Terrifying book; give it a read this summer.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    We don't necessarily need a remake

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but if we have to have one, can we PLEASE have the 10 part HBO standalone series? <P> This way we can have it all; the previous appearances of Pennywise, the Morlock holes, Patrick Hockstetter. It would be fucking brilliant. Finding someone to top Tim Curry would be hard, don't think he'd fancy revisiting the role. You just need someone with scary eyes. No updating either: 1958 and 1985.<P> IT is kind of precious to me, but I think that someone has the chance to put the definitive version out there. The idea to update it and have a 120 min running time is retarded.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Haven + Pennywise

    by corporategohan616

    There's been glances of future episodes for the new season of Haven. One involves a clown and another a child chasing a boat down a storm drain on a street. Is this IT related seeing as its a King series on tv???

  • July 11, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I could never make it all the way through the book...

    by sonnyfern

    If I remember correctly it's almost as long as the bible...

  • July 11, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    re: "the not-really-a-spider"

    by buggerbugger

    Am I right in remembering that the alien shapeshifter is really a manitou, or it's the basis for all the North American manitou legends? Something like that, anyway?

  • July 11, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    It's cosmic horror

    by corporategohan616

    King's love for Lovecraft is the emphasis for all the big bads in his mythos being things the human brain cant understand. Big cosmic monsters who make you go insane when you look at them.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    @scratchmonkey - No, it was an extradimensional entity

    by V'Shael

    from the macroverse, the void surrounding the universe. I don't think it had anything to do with Manitou.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    One of the better screen adaptations

    by dsbrady

    Sure, the ending was kinda lame (as it was in the book), but I thought the mini-series was a pretty good King adaptation (especially since by that point, there had been so many bad ones -- I don't think the movie for Misery had come out yet). The first part was more effective than the second, I thought (and that might be a flaw with the book -- from what I recall, the adults basically recreate what happened when they were kids, so it got repetitive). Of course, for me, the best part was that my school roommate was so creeped out by Curry as Pennywise that I could regularly just say, "They all float down here!" and annoy him. Good times.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    you already posted a behind the scenes IT photo

    by Waka_Flocka

  • July 11, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    For me "It" started..................

    by RoarsLoudly

    the decline of SK. Its seemed like he was writing books that screamed "make me in to a movie" , please!!

  • July 11, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    @v'shael

    by buggerbugger

    Ah right, cheers. I had a vague recollection of alien monstrosity coming to Earth millennia ago and becoming the basis for the manitou legends or something similar. I wonder if it's from some other novel altogether. Perhaps I'm confusing 'It' with something like Dean Koontz's 'Phantoms' or Douglas Clegg's 'Halloween Man' (or 'You Come When I Call You'?), both of which deal with shapechanging / bodysnatching "Evil from the Dawn of Time"-type entities.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Loved the book

    by DementedCaver

    ...and I don't understand why so many people adore the mini-series. It just didn't hold a candle to the book. Plus IT mostly just looked like a clown in the mini-series. While the book had it take the form of your worst fears...so many different forms not just a dang clown.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    ...a constant winner on EVERY page!...

    by Graphix67

    Not really. The long chapter/section dealing exclusively with the dry history of the town itself was only slightly more interesting than watching paint dry.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I scared the shit out of my cousin years ago with this.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...he now has a morbid fear of clowns. Oh well.......

  • July 11, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    The last time I looked forward to a new Stephen King book

    by Dr Hemlock

    Reagan was President. (And that's no exaggeration.) What the hell happened, Steve? From Tommyknockers forward, most of the stuff you've been churning out has been crap.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    If they do remake this at some point...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...there's no reason to re-cast the role of Pennywise...the added 2+ decades will only make Tim Curry's appearance under the makeup even creepier. And for a good laugh, watch the Nostalgia Critic's review of the original miniseries, where he humorously deflates a lot of the silliest aspects of the story. For me, I had yet to start reading King's fiction circa 1990 (I turned sixteen that summer), so the miniseries was my first exposure to the story, and I remember it being very effective for the time. After reading the book, the miniseries can't hold a candle to it.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The ending fascinated me when I read it.

    by Fawst

    I was a kid, probably 14 at the time. The sex didn't make any impact on me, it was the cosmic trip that (I believe) Bill and It go on, where his conscious travels out into the beyond and he passes the turtle's shell. That blew my god damn mind at the time. I thought it was one of the craziest pieces of "I WANT TO KNOW MORE!" I had read up to that point, and even since then. They could certainly remake this. Let's be honest, Tim Curry was amazing, but even that performance wasn't enough to call the miniseries a sacred cow. I think Starz or Showtime should be lining up the adaptations if they want to continue to compete with HBO. Dexter will take Showtime only so far, and Starz needs that breakout show to put them on the map now that Party Down is done.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry should be re-cast as Pennywise!

    by Jake Pantlin

    If there is any justice in the world, they should recast him. Like Freddy Kruger, only one actor should play that character. There is no one else to play Pennywise!

  • July 11, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Agree with most...

    by vettebro

    Great book until the shitty ending. Huge letdown at the end. SK must not have given the ending much thought at all, or didn't know how to end it in a great way.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Great work by Curry. TERRIBLE awful movie

    by Knobules

    Yack yack yack. Commercial break. Yack yack yack. Commercial. One minute of something from the book maybe. yack yack yack commercial break. Typical poor King movie setup. Lets get the gang together and talk and talk and talk.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    And wait... Who the fuck is "lika-do-the-cha-cha"?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And where's *my* fucking blackbox?

  • July 11, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Dean Koontz has had much shittier endings than King

    by proevad

    dude always uses space aliens has his grand reveal. Not fair to say King has had lame endings in all his stuff. Salem's Lot, Christine, Carrie, Misery, The Shining, etc--all had exciting climaxes.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Great original book cover too.....

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    The broken red lettering, the paper boat, the claw coming up from the sewer. If you found that book at the library browsing the horror section, it kick-started your imagination immediately.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Tomorrow - Star Trek Generations

    by Larry Knowles

    Malcolm McDowell My brother Harry told me. Also, Harry if you're reading this please return my Boba Fettuccine.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Worst stephen Kind ending:

    by slone13

    Tommyknockers? King's got some real stinker endings that have come close to ruining otherwise great books, but I think I'd have to go with Tommyknockers as the ultimate worst.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    test

    by KilliK

  • July 11, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    is it me or the latest posts have disappeared?

    by KilliK

  • July 11, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Tom Baker as Pennywise could have been similarly scary!

    by wtriker1701

    Yes, Tim Curry WAS great, and in a remake I think he'd stil be perfect. Tom Baker nowerdays? Not so... And I'd second a 10-Part HBO series!

  • July 11, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    King CAN have weak endings, but c'mon...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    I can think of two recent novels that had pretty damn good endings- Cell and Duma Key. Under the Dome's end was somewhat weak in an IT kind of way, but won't get into spoilers....

  • July 11, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    So, does the gang-bang end with a double penetration?

    by Jerry Piper

    I had no idea that scene was there. How did it not cause an uproar?

  • July 11, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Who would make a good Pennywise in the remake????

    by Jerry Piper

    other than Curry.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I was a kid when this movie came out...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and it scared the shit out of me. Strange: I was never afraid of clowns.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey might make a good Pennywise.

    by Chris Moody

    The dude is scary even when he isn't trying. Or, we could go with the obvious and pick Jackie Earl Haley. He is a great actor.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    @thall_joben

    by Exalay

    Try FULL DARK, NO STARS. SK is back.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Ah, College Days

    by thepoohguy

    I remember watching this movie as a freshman in college. Half the floor was packed into a dorm room watching on a small TV in the dark. Curry was amazing and creepy!!! My wife and I both agree that the ending is lame. She always states that King must have gotten tired and just made it a big giant spider. Big Giant Spider is our writing equivalent to Jumping the Shark. There was a part of me that was petrified that Super 8 was going to be a big giant spider at the end. As for worst ending I think I would go with the Tommyknockers too. In fact I think that was the worst movie, well except Sleepwalkers. Really? Killing a cop by corn cob to the back? REALLY?

  • July 11, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Pennywise on Haven

    by BlackLodger

    someone above mentioned the Haven-It connection. The commercial had a kid in a yellow slicker floating a paperboat, some random sewer shots , then a shot of a fat clown with pointy teeth...I know that Colorodo Kid didn't reference any of "It", but if the show can SMARTLY inject Kings "myths" and "monsters" into one town(not being Castle Rock or Derry) you can do alot of cool shit...low men, vampires, evil cars, interconnecting universes, basically a monster of the week show...with King monsters...Hell do it like Fables and have the whole King universe in this town...again done SMARTLY...which probably won't happen. The Haven actor will probably be mimicing Tim Curry instead of portraying Bob Gray...

  • July 11, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    My favorite book ---

    by Lucky13

    Not so favorite 'tv movie'. Man, it was horrible. I read IT for a book report in 6th grade, my teacher let me read it over the course of 2 reports because it was so long. I loved watching the teacher's face as I mentioned the kiddie-train a the end as part of my report. She wasn't expecting that. I do agree that the ending was a bit of a let-down, but not in a 'Dark Tower' level, or even ball-park (then again, what is?) Whoever mentioned that "Big Giant Spider" was their literary equivalent to "Jumping the Shark"... you should change it to "Crimson King's Balcony" or something snappier that encapsulates the DT ending... Stevie King might as well have sent a giant paper bag of flaming dog shit to each reader's doorstep. Anyway, an 8-10 part series for IT on HBO would be insanely awesome... one can dream.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Good/great Stephen King endings: Cujo,

    by Flip63Hole

    Misery, Dark Half, Christine, Insomnia, Green Mile, Shawshank/The Stand/Apt Pupil (and other novellas), Pet Semetary, Needful Things, The Dead Zone, Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, Salem's Lot, etc.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Was surprised by From A Buick 8...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Even tho' it's from the "I got wrecked, so EVERYBODY gets wrecked" phase. Still a lot of fun. As for the kiddie luvin' in It, a round of French kissing woulda' done the job. Poor Dark Tower, I loved you so...

  • July 11, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a miniseries that aught to be remade by

    by sweeneydave

    Frank Darabont! I'm sure he could give it a proper ending too, like he did with The Mist. Anyone else agree?

  • July 11, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    REBOOT IT WITH A BETTER SCREENPLAY

    by Mullah Omar

    It's unfortunate when a pretty good story has a weak ending, because it colors what came before it. The miniseries was intriguing, but the last-minute spider reveal/showdown was pretty silly. A good screenwriter who took some liberties with the story could actually improve IT quite a bit. This is a case when a reboot/remake could actually be a very good thing.

  • July 11, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Scariest shit in the book...

    by THE WALLACE

    I read ITwhen I was 12 and the part that freaked me out the most was when Bill was in the mind-lock with IT and as they flew past the turtle, Bill realizes, with horror, that the turtle is dead. No matter how they went about that book, I just know they would leave out the best shit. - The symbol on the small door to IT's layer that everyone see's as something else. (I think they showed the door in the series, but didn't capture the creepy child sized aspect or the changing symbol) - Mike being attacked by a giant bird - The kids in the fort in the ground tripping out in the smoke ceremony and seeing IT come to earth. I need to read that book again now.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Wallace. You nailed it.

    by Knobules

    None of that creepy wild dread was in the movie. Just a bunch of blubbering from JonBoy Walton about nothing. And the spider ending was a mess.

  • July 11, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I'd love a shot at writing this

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    one of my favourite books. I'm not as interested in the Loser's Club aspect of the story as I am in the peripheral Derry stuff. It needs to open like a procedural, with the Adrian Mellon story. Actually, it might need to be twelve episodes long, ten would be cutting it fine. <P> Can you imagine coming home with the entire HBO 'IT' on bluray, to watch? They'd make a killing.

  • July 11, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Guillermo del Toro wants to direct the IT remake.

    by flax

    True story. And you know, he'd do a fucking terrific job of it, Tim Curry or not. http://www.horroryearbook.com/5412476/guillermo-del-toro-would-like-to-adapt-stephen-kings-it-and-pet-sematary

  • July 11, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I love this book

    by flax

    The TV movie is kind of rubbish apart from Tim Curry, but the book is fantastic. It's up there with The Stand and The Dark Tower as one of King's very best. Genuinely cool and creepy Lovecraftean stuff. I particularly love the way the male, sewer-dwelling clown turns out to be a gigantic, female, pregnant spider from another dimension. It's so fucked-up and unexpected. I realised that it was iconic (or should be iconic) the instant I read it. There's nothing else like it. I think the surreal cosmic mind-trip climax could actually look fantastic on film, and I was pissed off when I saw they cut it from the miniseries. It's like the squid from Watchmen; the whole story kind of becomes diminished when you take it out.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry always freaked me out,

    by empty_headed_animal

    even without makeup.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Acrually, McConaughey does have the 'dead eyes' thing going on

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    which would work. Some black (or silver) contact lenses, that stare...sounds silly, but maybe it would be one of those Ledger Joker type deals.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Cujo has the best King ending by a country mile

    by Turingtestee

    I have never loved characters more than the ones from It. Well, maybe Watership Down.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Do NOT get me started on the ending to the movie THE MIST

    by Greggers

    This site doesn't have the bandwidth for me to fully express my hatred of that piece of shit.

  • July 12, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Worst SK Ending Ever...

    by The Bear

    Easily it is "The Colorado Kid" -- because there IS no ending! He sets up all these mysteries, and then doesn't solve them! Jesus Christ, has Stephen King now forgotten that a story should have a beginning...a middle...and a FUCKING END! (Actually, "IT" had a fucking end...literally!)

  • way overrated and out of place.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Great Great Novel, Horrible Horrible Mini Series

    by Jay Eyler

    I read IT again a littler earlier this year, and it's as fantastic as ever. I saw the mini in the 90's, and couldn't stand it. The Stand was the same way, but with a few great casting choices, and a few horrible ones. I would welcome a feature film adaptation, accepting it couldn't live up to expectations. Are they still working on Dark Tower?

  • July 12, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Villains poorly cast in both IT and The Stand

    by Jay Eyler

    I thought Curry was a crappy Pennywise. I kept seeing the Rocky Horror fag through the make-up every scene he was in. Too recognizable. Probably shouldn't have done clear close-ups since he was always appearing as different people depending on who was seeing him in the book. A vague clown would have been creepier.