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The television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ focused on a group of children plagued by en evil spirit, personified in the demented persona of Pennywise the Clown (played to sinister perfection by Tim Curry).
In order to defeat Pennywise, they were forced to confront their darkest fears. His powers proved so immense that he returned once they’d reached adulthood, resulting in a final battle.
While we’re patiently awaiting a proper cinematic adaptation of ‘It’, here are 6 other films dealing with the loss of innocence while fighting evil.
Supernatural villain Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has the power to attack teenagers while they’re dreaming, eventually killing them in the process. But one of his intended victims (played by Heather Langenkemp) has a plan to drag him out from her dreams and into the real world to end his reign of terror.
This Stephen King adaptation (of his 1982 Novella ‘The Body’) is a coming‐of‐age tale of four‐childhood friends who trek across the Oregon countryside to find the body of a fellow student.
Along the way they confront their insecurities, discuss their ambitions and confront dangerous foes. The film features one of the late River Phoenix’s finest performances.
Recently widowed Amelia has a lot on her hands dealing with ill‐behaved son Sam. After reading to him from a macabre pop‐up book called ‘Mister Babadook’, Sam becomes convinced that the sinister title character is real and wishes to attack them.
While Amelia at first brushes this off as his overactive imagination, she must soon confront the frightening truth.
In this bizarre, beautiful Japanese film, a schoolgirl nicknamed Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) travels with classmates to stay with her aunt for the summer.
But it’s soon revealed that her aunt’s house is haunted, and possessed inanimate objects attack Gorgeous and her friends, leading to inspired set pieces and hallucinatory images.
Now that we’ve covered films thematically similar to ‘It’, let’s look at one film with Tim Curry playing an equally unforgettable villain, and another traumatic horror classic involving an evil clown.
In this dark fairy tale directed by Ridley Scott (‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’) Jack (Tom Cruise), must save Lily (Mia Sara) from the evil clutches of the Lord Of Darkness (Tim Curry), a nightmarish demonic creature who threatens the magical forest that they call home.
Featuring lush visuals and Tangerine Dream’s haunting synth score, it’s one of the more unique films of the 80’s.
In this horror classic, the Freeling family’s suburban home is attacked by restless supernatural spirits via their television, set, trees and even their swimming pool!
But it’s their son Robbie’s (Oliver Robins) possessed creepy clown doll that gave millions of children nightmares in the 80’s.
Oh go away Pennywise! Is he gone? Okay, I think it’s safe now. So if you’re looking for where to start off with my recommendations, be sure to give ‘The Babadook’ a look. It’s a modern horror classic.
And if you want something really off the wall, check out ‘Hausu’, it’s unforgettable. And ‘Stand By Me’ is a perfect if you want something less horrific and more poignant in tone.
So what other films like ‘It’ would you add to this list? Tell me in the comments. And be sure to check out my lists for 7 Movies Like ‘Trick’r Treat’ and 8 Movies Like ‘You’re Next’ for more horrific delights.
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