I’ve grown up with Stephen King’s novels and to a lesser extent, the many number of adaptations into film or television. For every Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me there is a Maximum Overdrive or a Pet Sematary. (sic) and many more. King’s novels often struggle when they are adapted as much of the horror comes from within and our own imaginations.
In my early teens we passed around a VHS copy of the television adaptation of ‘IT,’ as Tim Curry forever put a different slant on clowns in what ended up being a great miniseries that was let down only by its television roots and the distinct lack of budget. Remember the ‘spider’?