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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 February 2020 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

But still not an adaptation.
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And yet, still a "Stephen King film."  Hence the thread title!  :)



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From the opening post,

"... What are your top Stephen King screen adaptations?"
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So:  I read that as either/or.

And:  "Jordy Verrill" and "The Crate" were based on previously-written King short stories.

Wanna keep going?  :)



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I didnít know that about those two being short stories. Are they in any of
the collections? I donít remember reading them.

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Neither has appeared in any collections of King's work, surprisingly.

"The Crate" has appeared in a few different anthologies, but as far as I know, "Weeds" (The story "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill") was reprinted in Dark Screams Volume One. 




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Huge fan of Stephen King - he got me into reading big time when I was younger. The movies have been hit-and-miss, though - but the good ones are REALLY good. Here are my favourites (in no particular order, except for the first one - it's the best!):

  • THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
  • THE DEAD ZONE
  • MISERY
  • DOLORES CLAIBORNE (truly undervalued)
  • CARRIE
  • STAND BY ME
  • 11.22.63
  • THE SHINING 
Side note: I haven't seen any of the IT movies. Maybe they're good, I don't know, but I found the book virtually unreadable. 
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Petter, the old IT movie with Tim Curry as Pennywise was actually pretty good. The final battle was so-so due to special effects limitations at the time (They fought basically an armored, spiked crab-spider), though.

I did not care for the recent two-parter. The special effects were better, but that was about it.


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(Brian Floyd beat me to it, in regards to the short stories.  Brian M.:  Unless you think otherwise, I was just good-naturedly bustin' you... I've enjoyed your posts here for years, all in good fun!)  :)

When it comes to the IT 1990 TV version, I might have put it on my Top 10 list just because of Tim Curry alone... it's a more faithful adaptation of the book, to be sure, but for me it also falls flat in almost every other aspect, be it casts (young & older), score, script and/or production values.  The new IT movies more than compensate in those areas.  

But even though there's nothing really wrong with Bill Skarsgard, Curry does get my vote as the better of the two Pennywises.





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If you could combine both IT adaptations you'd probably get something close to the spirit of the novel.

The miniseries was kinda cheap and badly cast but it got the beat of the story almost right while the recent movies lose the flow by separating completely the kids and adults stories.

On Pennywise himself, the recent version is too "art-directed" and CGI'd to really affect me. The Tim Curry version is slightly better IMHO but the man (big fan) can definitely overact at times and at the end of the day it's just a guy in a clown costume.

Again, if you could mix them up a bit you'd probably get somewhere.

But nothing (and I mean nothing) can top the experience of being 12-13 years old and reading that novel for the first time, completely terrified but unable to put the book down. No movie can give you that.


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Everythingís good, Shaun. No worries.
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Rodrigo, I like your comments on the two versions of IT.
I prefer that way the miniseries maintained the flow of
the narrative by starting with the gang being called
back and their memories returning of the previous
encounter with It. I thought the cast was all right. The
recent version definitely had much higher production
values, but it was a real mis-step to separate out the
two kids and adults -- as you say, it lost the flow by
doing so.

Not a fan of the final battle in either version (or in
the novel either).
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