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Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#1  Postby triqtaq » 08 Aug 2012, 11:58

The novel is one thing. the movie on the other hand was just.........
A 1990 release I was prob 5 at that time. I got to see that movie when I was around 8-9 years old and it ruined my life!
Till this day I think clowns are creepy and horrible. Ronald McDonald is my biggest enemy and I never look at Krusty the clown the same. I never got a chance to read the book yet because of the sequence of events and the fact that I saw the movie before I was into reading novels.

I just want to know, has anyone been creeped out of clowns after that movie? and if you didn't see the movie or read the book, and clowns creep you out in general what was the reason for that?
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#2  Postby becky119 » 09 Aug 2012, 09:39

I still haven't felt brave enough to watch the movie after reading Stephen King's "It". The book was really hard to put down and I am amazed at how quickly I plowed through it, especially considering it is a rather long book. I am almost always of the mindset that books are better than movies and it will probably be a completely different experience for you. There are some truly horrible things in the novel that I still get upset over.

To answer your clown question, I have always been a little freaked out by clowns. This was even before I read the book and before I knew about John Wayne Gacy. I think part of this stems from how interactive clowns can be (especially in parades and circuses). Having a stranger in your face as a child is upsetting, but someone who is covered with makeup and trying to get you to laugh...just a little freaky.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#3  Postby triqtaq » 09 Aug 2012, 12:21

from what your saying the book can be more horrifying than the movie. I refuse to watch the movie till this day. its been 22 years and I really don't know if it will be more of a "this movie is very old and sucks" type of reaction or "OH LORD THIS IS HORRIBLY DISTURBING" type of reaction.

I am very tempted to get the book though I feel like its a process I need to complete.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#4  Postby mspjmunoz » 09 Aug 2012, 12:40

I read IT long before I saw the movie. I was enthralled by the book, even though I don't usually lean to the horror spectrum of anything. It was terrifying at parts, and darkly humorous at others. It is still one of my favorite books, though I haven't revisited it in years. Clowns are rather disturbing to me, though this goes back much further than my reading or viewing of IT.

The movie was laughable, in my opinion, not to discredit anyone's anguish over the movie, I'm sure even now it would disturb a young child. Sure, Tim Curry was fabulous as Pennywise (though this may be a biased opinion as I love Tim Curry -- he was the only reason I ever watched the movie), but the movie left out so much of the plot from the book and often times the creep factor just wasn't there. Compared to today's standard of movies, especially in the horror genre, most people will get the "omg, this is so old and sucks so bad" impression. The book it worth the read, but skip the movie, unless they remake it to today's standards...
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#5  Postby triqtaq » 09 Aug 2012, 12:53

Looks like I'm getting the book then. I agree with you on the possibility very bad if I watch it now. ill probably stay away from the movie for now and start flipping the books pages.

Tim Curry is a great actor and from my recollection he was pretty solid as Pennywise. but being a child at that time and kinda seeing that the people in the movie dealt with it as children probably had that more scary effect !
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#6  Postby mattjo1 » 10 Aug 2012, 13:46

I thought that this was a wonderfully planned novel by King. The characters were very rich, and the world being displayed is very believable. I read last year, and it is worth re-reading.
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Post Number:#7  Postby Bearsfan » 10 Aug 2012, 19:54

Great book! I read IT when it came out and loved it.

IT and The Stand were the best King IMO. I don't want to sell short any of his short stories, but as far as novels go, I loved these two.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#8  Postby StephenKingman » 12 Aug 2012, 07:45

IT was a fantastic book, very scary and the characters were fully rounded, sadly the ending was very illogical and felt very rushed, I tend to think if the other parts of the book when I think of this because its a classic example of King not being able to finish a horror tale with satisfaction (see Tommyknockers and Bag of Bones and Under The Dome for examples of this). The 1990 movie was a classic, thanks to the inimitable Tim Curry.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#9  Postby scrapcode13 » 12 Aug 2012, 12:21

I'm with you triqtaq. The same thing happened to me also. Until now I don't like clowns but I was able to watch the movie again and being familiar with the special effects implemented today I was able to laugh it off.

I still don't trust clowns though. I think I'll get the book also.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#10  Postby Carabosse » 13 Aug 2012, 04:14

I also, agree, triqtaq. I have read many of Stephen King's novels, but never "It". Now, though, it's definitely on my list; pardon the pun. I too, am a huge Tim Curry fan; but I saw the film well before I was really acquainted with his work. As with many other people on this forum, I also have a lasting hatred of clowns!
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#11  Postby becky119 » 13 Aug 2012, 07:42

Carabosse wrote:I also, agree, triqtaq. I have read many of Stephen King's novels, but never "It". Now, though, it's definitely on my list; pardon the pun. I too, am a huge Tim Curry fan; but I saw the film well before I was really acquainted with his work. As with many other people on this forum, I also have a lasting hatred of clowns!


I'm kind of curious...does anyone like clowns? I really don't know anyone who doesn't get freaked out by them.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#12  Postby scrapcode13 » 13 Aug 2012, 08:47

I know that my cousin loves them. And the fact that there are still clowns means that people still buy their act else they would find other jobs. Right? Or does everyone just pretend that they like clowns while they're really freaked out? lol
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#13  Postby becky119 » 13 Aug 2012, 09:31

Ah, yes...peer pressure
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#14  Postby Fran » 13 Aug 2012, 09:57

Clowns don't scare me but I've always felt rather sorry for them as they always strike me as being more sad and sorryful rather than funny characters.
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Re: Stephen King's IT

Post Number:#15  Postby StephenKingman » 13 Aug 2012, 13:35

Fran wrote:Clowns don't scare me but I've always felt rather sorry for them as they always strike me as being more sad and sorryful rather than funny characters.


Dont feel sorry for Tim Curry then Fran, you will find yourself without an arm...
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