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  • Complete Monster: The titular monster is neither animalistic nor alien in its thought processes; the creature has full understanding of human morality, it just chooses not to follow it in any way. In the town of Derry, IT awakens from its hibernation every three decades and proceeds to murder and devour the children of the town, often using the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown to lure children into its clutches. IT prides itself on using its shapeshifting and hallucinogenic powers to torment its victims, preying on their phobias and acquired fears and likening the cultivation of their terror to "salting the meat." From 1740 to 1743, IT was responsible for the disappearance of three hundred Derry Township settlers. In 1957, IT murdered Bill's six-year-old brother, George, and in 1958, devoured Patrick Hockstetter alive while in the form of his greatest fear, leeches. IT also drove Henry Bowers to madness, then murdered Bowers' friends after they succeeded in luring the Losers' Club into the sewers. After waking up in 1984, IT murders a gay man named Adrian Mellon before resuming its violent killing spree of children. IT proceeds to manipulate Henry Bowers into trying to kill the Losers again, drives Bill's wife, Audra, catatonic by exposing her to its deadlights and murders Eddie before its final defeat.
    • Patrick Hockstetter, who murders his baby brother in his cradle at the age of five and steals his neighbor's dog and locks it in a fridge to slowly die while checking it every few days. He is described as so profoundly sociopathic that the concept of morality was impossible for him to grasp. In a sense, he was born on the far side of the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The movie. It's pretty hard to stuff over a thousand pages of story into a movie. Most agree that Tim Curry was memorable as Pennywise, however.
  • Everybody Remembers the Stripper: The sewer sex.
  • Freud Was Right: It is implied that Beverly's father was attracted to her.
  • Fridge Logic: One could argue that the whole concept of IT is sort of an Evil Counterpart to the Christian Trinity. There's the "Father" (IT's Giant Spider form), the "Son" (Pennywise, who is IT in "human" form), and the Unholy Spirit (the deadlights, IT's spiritual form).
  • Foe Yay: It's movie only, but the scene where Adult Ben thinks he's kissing Beverly when it turns out to be It in drag, who then shouts "Kiss me, fat boy!"
  • Ham and Cheese: While Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise, in the movie, is viewed as pretty scary by many, he also gives it a healthy dose of this, and it is ever so glorious.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: Any scene in the TV movie with Pennywise is scary, especially if you are afraid of clowns. Tim Curry did a good job at being a Monster Clown in that movie.
    • Nightmare Retardant: Whenever he goes over-the-top and silly. "Excuse me sir, do you have Prince Albert in a can? You do? Well ya better let the poor guy out! WAHA! WAHA! WAHA! WAHA!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Pennywise is played by Tim Curry. The monster is revealed, at the end of the book to be female. Tim Curry is therefore, once again, playing a transvestite.
  • Ho Yay: Henry and Patrick alone in the town dump...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Pennywise.
  • Memetic Molester: Guess.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Henry almost crosses this when he begins to carve his name into Ben's stomach with a switchblade, and then becomes a Complete Monster when he decides to murder the Losers one by one as payback for the rock fight. But just before that he crossed it when he murdered his father in his sleep with a razor IT gave him.
    • Patrick crosses it when he smothers his baby brother.
  • Special Effects Failure: IT's spider-form at the end of the movie. The true metaphysical nature of IT is only vaguely referenced. It looks very cheap and results in quite an Anticlimax. To be fair, the cosmic elements of the novel would be tough to replicate on the screen. The Stop-Motion effects too.
  • The Woobie: Every one of the Losers qualifies, with the possible exception of Richie.
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