The new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It is already breaking records, with a massive opening weekend following a wave of positive early reviews. The story of seven childhood friends who are brought together by their shared fight against an ancient evil, and then reunite decades later to finish the job, it’s still justifiably regarded as one of King’s best. There are moments that don’t work, some that are frankly baffling (and if you’ve read the book, the moment you’re thinking of? Yeah, me too), but the core of the story remains rock solid. So much so that even first adaptation of the book—the 1990 TV mini-series starring Tim Curry—holds up pretty well, too.
I rewatched it a few days ago for the first time since 1990. It was one of those boundary shows for me, when it first aired; I was just old enough to get away with seeing some of it but not everything. That actually made it even better; getting fleeting glimpses of the Derry streets and a couple of moments with Pennywise. In fact I have a very distinct memory of the first Pennywise sighting but that’s about it. It was part of the shadowy coastline of grown-up entertainment and while I was heading there as fast as I could, in 1990 I still had a ways to go before I could properly approach It.