Stephen King has long been labeled the modern day Master of the Macabre, even though not all of his novels and short stories are considered horror. But because the majority of his body of work does exist in the realm of nightmare fueled, scream-inducing terror, they are ripe for adaptation.
Over the decades, King’s work has appeared on both the big and small screens. During the ’90’s and early 2000’s, it wasn’t uncommon to see a new tv mini-series based off a King book every year or so. One would think that breaking up a massive story over two, three or sometimes even four nights would give filmmakers the chance to adapt King’s works more faithfully, right? The horror and gore had to be watered down for the television viewing public, but that’s a small price to pay for getting the story transferred, isn’t it?
You can’t do justice to any written work if you have to censor the tone to make it work for a new medium! Cut parts out that won’t transfer well to film? Understandable. Change things around so the flow of the film is more fast-paced than the book? If you have to. But when you boil it down, the point of Stephen King’s work is to make you as uncomfortable as possible while peeling back the layers of real-life horrors! Tricking people, King hides those horrors behind the mask of a possessed car, or a rabid dog, or a haunted hotel…or a child eating, shapeshifting clown!
2017 brought moviegoers what some fans and critics are calling the BEST interpretation of King’s work ever! The film was a juggernaut at the box office and has since been made available on DVD, Blue Ray & VOD. But after all the hype…does it still hold up? It’s time to Cut The Crap as 2GuysTalkingHorror reviews the 2017 theatrical release of IT.
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Links from this Episode:
— More 2GuysTalkingHorror Episodes https://www.2gtdatacore.com/category/2guystalkinghorror/
— IT the Book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(novel)
— IT the TV mini-series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099864/
— The Hunt For Red October http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099810/?ref_=nm_knf_i4
— The Rocky Horror Picture Show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/?ref_=nm_knf_i2
— 2GTHorror on Twitter https://twitter.com/2GTHorror
— Lethal Weapon 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097733/?ref_=nv_sr_5
— New Kids On The Block https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Kids_on_the_Block
— Revenge of the Nerds http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088000/?ref_=nv_sr_4
— Better Off Dead http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088794/?ref_=nv_sr_5
— Stranger Things http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
— Bill Skarsgård http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0803889/?ref_=tt_cl_t8
— Jack Nicholson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
— Heath Ledger http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005132/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— What are YOUR thoughts on the 2017 version of IT? Tell us now!
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The Host of this Program:
Nicholas J. Hearne: Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! From early adolescence to adulthood, Nick spent his time honing his acting and writing skills, starring on stage and screen across the Midwest. In recent years, Nick has started his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, and is also a founder of Archlight Studios, both with longtime friend Jason Contini, and has become a skilled podcast editor and co-host aboard a number of different podcast efforts.