Horror enthusiasts are putting Stephen King’s “It” at the center of the remake debate

Horror and remakes go together like Elon Musk and miss the point of anti-capitalist media. Stephen King’s ability to write new classic stories almost every year translates very well to Hollywood adaptations, which revisit one of King’s most controversial issues It and its two versions.

The debate over Reddit’s haunted home has begun once again, with fans still divided over the final version of what is arguably King’s greatest work.

There are two schools of thought on the It adjustments. The first in 1990 saw Tim Curry take on the iconic role in what is widely regarded as the franchise’s absolute pinnacle on screen and one of Curry’s many great performances. His ability to be kind and scary at the same time was second to none, aided by the Technicolor aesthetic.

By comparison, and by no means a blemish, the 2017 film’s realistic look, which sacrificed the otherworldly aspects for a gritty and grounded approach, is much more in keeping with King’s vision. Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise did very well, but his performance is nowhere near the (red clown) nose of 1990.

The 2010s version also suffered from splitting the book into two films, which worked fairly well but caused the second chapter to end overly long and without the punch of the original. Fair play to King, whose only cameo was him criticizing his own writing style.

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What’s remarkable is how much nostalgia will seep into this debate over the years. Zoomers and Millennials will likely continue to favor the 2017 film, while Gen X and Boomers will continue to have similar memories of Curry’s version. There’s no doubt that the 2017 version of Pennywise has become a cultural symbol of modern horror.

Both films are available on HBO Max.

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Lindsay Lowe

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