If you’re like me and you grew up in the nineties you probably remember the release of the Stephen King miniseries It. I was only seven when it came out but in the years afterwards, if you talked to someone my age about clown-fears, Pennywise the Clown (As terrifyingly played by Tim Curry) would be mentioned.
I’m an avid reader of Stephen King and I’m currently rereading It. I’ve been thinking of the miniseries as I reread the book. I love the book when it’s about the children, I like it less when it’s about the adults. I think that King gets tripped up in his wordiness when it’s about adults and I kind of hate when he tries to describe It in its true form. A creature that takes the shape of what scares you the most, like a boggart, is scary. It can get in your miiiiind. An intergalactic space spider that can be killed by hope is less scary. Especially in the miniseries with the goofy movie effects.
I’m wondering if it’s time for a remake. Normally I back away slowly from remakes but they’re not necessarily bad things. Tom Savini’s remake of Night of the Living Dead was pretty good although, frankly, I think that Barbara in the original was more realistic. Kick-ass Barbara is more satisfying. And I actually really like Zach Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead. I love the original but the new one loses the slow-moving, ponderous quality of the original. Of course, it lost most of its anti-consumerist and anti-racist message too. But that’s a post for another day.
So is it time for a remake of It? I think it’s time to terrorize a new generation of school-children. Of course, It can never really die, It can just be put off. Let’s do it right this time.
In one of those odd coincidences that happens when you’re thinking of something, I bought a copy of the miniseries at a sale for $1. I also got Hellraiser and Mondo Cane. I wonder if it’s time for a Stephen King marathon. I already own Carrie, The Shining, and The Stand. I could probably yank a few more from Netflix. What do you think?
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