Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It (1990) (TV)

...aka: Stephen King's It

Directed by:
Tommy Lee Wallace

An evil, shape-shifting clown named Pennywise (Tim Curry, who does an excellent job) terrorizes rural Maine kids in this umpteenth version of a Stephen King novel shown originally in two parts on ABC. The first part with the kids is actually compelling and scary, though the second, with the adults returning "30 years later" to face their fears again, is weak by comparison. Warner Bros. initially released the R-rated video to single and double tapes. It was shot in Vancouver, Canada by the director of FRIGHT NIGHT 2 and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH. More review coming soon.


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