I have recently watched the creepy 1990 Television adaptation of the Stephen King novel IT. It features an ensemble cast, starring Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur as the seven members of the Losers Club, and Tim Curry as Pennywise. The child counterparts of the Losers that appear in part one are played by Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, and Ben Heller. Michael Cole, Jarred Blancard, Gabe Khouth, Chris Eastman, Olivia Hussey, Frank C. Turner, Tony Dakota, Ryan Michael, Tom Heaton, and Chelan Simmons also play supporting roles
The story is set In Derry, Maine, in 1960, and starts a young lad named Bill Denbrough gives his younger brother Georgie a paper sailboat to take out onto the street to sail in the gutter. Georgie then encounters a seemingly innocent clown named Pennywise with gruesome results. Months after the tragedy, during the School Spring term, Bill befriends the overweight and nerdy new kid Ben Hanscom, asthmatic Eddie Kaspbrak who lives with his overbearing mother, Beverly Marsh who lives with her abusive father, comical Richie Tozier, and Jewish Boy Scout, Stanley Uris, who are all outcasts and are continually tormented by a gang of local bullies led by Henry Bowers, and have all had disturbing encounters with Pennywise. Bill and his friends help African-American Mike Hanlon chase Henry’s gang off
The group, calling themselves “The Losers Club”, learn that they are each being terrorized by the same entity a predatory shapeshifter which has the ability to transform itself into its prey’s worst fears, allowing it to exploit the phobias of its victims. It mostly takes the form of a sadistic, wisecracking clown called Pennywise played by Tim Curry. They learn that Pennywise appears every few years and is linked to a series of unsolved tragedies which have been happening in Derry for centuries. So they decide to kill IT. So the Losers venture into the sewers under Derry to kill It, hotly pursued by Henry and his friends, Victor Criss and Belch Huggins, who are intent on killing them. They encounter IT in an exciting encounter where IT manages to clobber some of them. Henry Bowers meanwhile sees The Deadlights, and loses his mind in the encounter. He is later institutionalized in Juniper Hill Psychiatric Asylum after taking credit for all the murders. Meanwhile Pennywise/IT escapes. So Bill and the others promise to return and kill IT should the creature resurface 30 years later.
Thirty years later In 1990, now the town librarian, Mike is investigating the string of missing children and killings and arrives at the crime scene of a murdered girl named Laurie Anne Winterbarger. Finding Georgie’s picture convinces Mike that IT is back as he proceeds to contact the others to fulfill their vow. Bill became a horror novelist married to British actress Audra Phillips, Ben is an architect, Beverly is a fashion designer abused by her husband Tom Rogan, Richie is a late night TV comedian, Eddie runs a limousine service but still lives with his mother, and Stan is a real estate broker. After being contacted Stan tragically commits suicide in his bathtub and writes “IT” on the wall in his own blood.
Upon reaching Derry The remaining six find themselves harassed by Pennywise and eventually meet at dinner and learn of Stan’s suicide. Meanwhile an older Henry escapes the Psychiatric asylum with assistance from Pennywise intent on killing the Losers Club. Then Audra is abducted by Pennywise after being exposed to the creature’s Deadlights. Mike is then stabbed by Henry Bowers. So the five remaining Losers attempt to destroy It for good and descend into the sewers once again, however Bill, Ben, and Richie nearly succumb to the Deadlights and Eddie pays the ultimate attempting to save his friends in an exciting confrontation…