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[Video] Stephen King Reviews ‘IT’; “I Was Not Prepared for How Good it Was”

Stephen King is clearly excited about Andy Muschietti’s IT, arriving in theaters on September 8. Just this week, an eerie red balloon was placed in the front window of his home in Maine, a fun bit of marketing that certainly suggests he’s pleased with the new adaptation of his ’86 novel.

As it turns out, King has already seen Muschietti’s film TWICE, and he raves about it at length in a new featurette video that’s just come to our attention.

I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was,” King says in the video. “It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work.”

He adds, “I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna REALLY enjoy the movie.”

Check out the video below, wherein King also praises Bill Skarsgård’s performance.

In the new adaptation…

A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

The kids in peril, the Losers’ Club, include Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Nicholas Hamilton plays Henry Bowers. The cast also includes Owen Teague, who plays bully Patrick Hocksetter. Bill Skarsgard is our new Pennywise.

The film will be in theaters September 8, 2017.



  • Charyou

    I don’t trust him after he approved of The Dark Tower. But I’m excited for this movie.

  • It is so close to being released on the 8th just 9 more days to go. I’ll probably end up seeing it two weeks later. I’ll have to find the perfect cinema first, there is a lot of trashy cinema’s where people ruin your experience. Or maybe time… it right… a time when nobody else will be in the movies.

  • Springwood Ohio

    Expect it’s going to be great, but shifting the timeline up seems like they’re hoping for some Stranger Things runoff. 80s nostalgia is strong these days.

    • Papa_spoosh

      I love stranger things.. but there’s not a “chicken or the egg” situation here. Stranger things very clearly was inspired by King stories. It’s very backwards to say a king adaptation is going for Stranger Things. The timeline makes sense in having the adult version current.

      • Springwood Ohio

        I wonder, though, if Stranger Things hadn’t been made, would the kids part of the new It be in the 80s instead of 59/60?

        • Papa_spoosh

          I think so. The book was made to have the adults in present day.. just happens to be made in the mid 80s

  • Brett Lovejoy

    Feels like just yesterday that I was eagerly awaiting a first look at Pennywise, and now there’s roughly a week to go until the film’s out! So pumped for this one.

  • This is an omen. Can’t wait to see the film.

  • I’m really excited for the movie, still Stephen King liking it doesn’t mean very much to me. He likes almost everything.
    Every time a big(ish) horror movie comes out they ask for his opinion which, in general, is always good. Alas…

    • Sandra D

      lol I’ve noticed that! He literally praises everything.

  • UnsafeSafeSpace

    I have high hopes for It, but let’s not forget King also had high praise for the Dark Tower movie…

  • Pf Mahan

    then if it under performs he will say he did not like how it was adapted, guy has become so predictable, he has to fool u into going to it, it’s his paycheck

  • Matthew Hutchinson

    He also said, “I’m gonna scare the hell out o’ you…” while advertising Maximum Overdrive back in the day, so his “review” doesn’t care a whole lot ‘o weight with me. Nevertheless, after seeing the 4-minute clip that was attached to Annabelle, I’m already sold anyway, so… 😉

    • To be fair, he’s been rather clear that his judgement was pretty impaired during the time he made Maximum Overdrive, due to the tremendous amount of alcohol and drugs in his system.

    • The Drucifer


      • Mark

        Hell of a drug


    “I was not prepared for how good it really was,”

    “…I mean, have you seen most of the other adaptations of my books? For me, it’s a win if they don’t completely shit the bed.”

    In all seriousness, this is going to make a ton of money. I don’t recall the last time people were this excited about a Stephen King movie, and advance on word on Twitter has been very good. John Squires predicted back in April that this would be the highest-grossing opening for a horror movie ever…at this point, I have no doubt he’ll be right.

  • Fracassi

    “Big shoes to fill.” Haha, I hope that comment was intentional.

  • Evil One

    Damn, this means that it sucks 🙁

    • Synisterintent

      I was gonna say the same, this is the man that said The Dark Tower was amazing as well… Damn I had such high hopes for IT.

  • J Jett

    as if King would ever come out and say…”MY GOD THIS MOVIE SUCKS!”.
    lol. although in this case i think King may be 100% right. the movie looks very good!

    • Frank Gambino

      stephen king has never had any qualms voicing his displeasure for movies based on his books. hes pretty blunt.

      • J Jett

        you may be right but he kind of lost all credibility with me when he gave high praise to UNDER THE DOME. lol. what are the films/show of his that he bad mouthed?

        • Stogie Jones

          He didn’t like The Shining.

        • Frank Gambino

          technically under the dome wasnt a movie.

          but he infamously hated the shining. also hes voiced his displeasure for the running man, the graveyard shift, children of the corn, the mangler, lawnmower man, etc etc

        • J_Grouchy

          Well, to be fair, the book sucked. It was the only Stephen King book I ever quit reading.

        • DS Ullery

          He’s been very open about acknowledging he did a shit job directing Maximum Overdrive. King also (successfully) sued to have his name removed from The Lawnmower Man because it deviated from the source material so much.

  • Papa_spoosh

    I went on a kings tour in Maine this week. Saw the red balloon in his window in person. What was really exciting is that Andy Muscheitti and the producer took that same tour before filming. They obviously cared about making the adaptation as true as they could, that being said, this review is about as unbias as the review from his son who is also having Muscheitti adapt his story. Still expecting an amazing movie but it’s about time they share some unbiased reviews.

  • RedNeoCon

    Don’t know Steve.

    You said the ABC version of The Shining was the best, and it was pretty fucking shitty.

  • thegunshow

    If he went and saw it twice, I’m going to assume he actually liked it.

  • Georgie’s Arm

    Sure, King is infamous for praising his (often weak) adaptations, but usually that only applies to the ones he’s directly involved in. He wasn’t at all with this one, yet he’s actually recording video’s and stuff for the promotion of it, which says something else entirely. I think it’s also a good sign that Joe Hill hired Muschietti to direct the Locke & Key pilot after seeing It.

    • I really hope you’re right dude. I get disappointed by newer films too often these days. I’m trying to temper my expectations for this one.

  • KSE1977

    I think any time King is completely uninvolved in the adaptation, there is a solid chance that it will be entertaining. I have no doubt that in 2 weeks this site will be full on people in the forums talking about how they didn’t like this and how overrated it is, that will be almost as exciting as seeing the movie. We know one thing all horror hipsters hate is mainstream success and praise for a horror film!

  • ShadowInc

    Other than THE SHINING, has King ever really had any negative criticism of any of his book to film adaptations? I don’t recall.

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      • ShadowInc

        Dunno. I was thinking maybe DREAM CATCHER.

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