|Moral of the story: laundry kills.|
Some dude in another house, with a stupid ponytail types his horror novel. His hot British wife does not like his moods since he's apparently rewriting one of his books for a movie script and it's not going well maybe? Mike, the librarian, calls him (Bill) and tells him "It's back." There's a flashback of kids by a lake saying something about whether "it's really dead." Apparently Mike found a picture at the crime scene of someone named "Georgie."
More flashbacking. Jonathan Brandis (young Bill) berates his little brother Georgie from his sick bed. Bill has a speech impediment and gives his brother a paper sailboat. Georgie's got to go down into the creepy basement to get the wax to make it water proof. Bill tells his brother to be careful as he goes out to sail his boat in the rain gutter. Georgie loses his boat down the storm drain, where a creepy clown, who introduces himself as "Pennywise, the dancing clown," tries to get him to take a balloon. He knows Georgie's name and taunts him with the boat. He claims there's a circus down in the sewer. Oh, now Pennywise has fangs and pulls the kid into the drain. Next, it continues to rain at Georgie's funeral. It's all '50s and sad.
In a photo album, Bill watches as a photo of Georgie winks at him and then starts bleeding. He screams and his parents come in, scolding him for being in Georgie's room and either not noticing or pretending not to notice the blood everywhere. UN-FLASHBACK. Grown-up Bill apparently "almost forgot" about it all. His wife is pissed he has to leave to go to see Mike. He's stuttering again like when he was a kid. Audra wants to go with him, but he won't let her. He "promised."
|He'd better also be wearing Action Jeans!|
FLASHBACK. Ben moved to their town from Texas. The bullies in the back of the classroom, who are roughly 9 years older than any other students, mock him for being fat. One of the greasers gets sent to the principal's office and threatens Ben. Apparently the town has a 7:00 p.m. curfew. He meets a nice girl named Beverly Marsh and some bitchy ten year-olds mock her for being a janitor's kid. On the way home from school, he runs into the greasers. Henry tries to cut his belly, Ben kicks him, and Henry threatens to kill him and they chase him into a ravine, where Ben hides in a drainage ditch. They greasers find Bill and some other kids playing in the creek and destroy their dam. They steal one kid's asthma inhaler. This Henry kid is a sociopath. He should be in prison. The shorter kid is having an asthma attack, but his inhaler is empty.
Ben stays with him as Bill goes to get more medicine. Eddie, the other kid, is nice to Ben. Bill comes back and they invite him to play with them tomorrow. Ben's dad died in Korea, and Eddie's died of cancer. At home, Ben's cousin comes in, finds a poem he's writing and taunts him. All the boys in this movie are horrible, fucked up bullies. Apparently they live with the aunt and cousin because the aunt refuses to let them be on welfare. Ben runs off to the creek. He thinks he hears his dad calling for him in the swamp. He sees his dad, but it's really the clown, with balloons. A creepy slimy skeleton tries to pull him in the water.
UN-FLASHBACK. Adult Ben cries and drinks more. In Chicago, some dick controls Beverly, won't let her fix her own hair or answer the phone. They've got an important meeting. Apparently she's a designer. They go down to their sweatshop to meet the Japanese investors. The douche, Tom, is douchey. The phone rings at their apartment and it's Mike. She gets to talk to him because Tom went to get more champagne from the kitchen. She is packing her bags for Maine and Tom smacks her. He's going to beat her with a belt. She throws some shit at him and knocks him over. She threatens to kill him if he ever comes near her again.
FLASHBACK. Beverly finds Ben's poem on her doorstep. I'd have been horrified. Her dad demands to see it and tears it up and then starts hitting her. He chases her out of the house. It is terrifying. Ben finds her crying behind a bush. He invites her to come down to the dam-building project. Beverly and Bill clearly already like each other. Seth Green (Richie) and some Boy Scout show up, too. Stan is the Boy Scout and apparently is a Jew. Good to know! The kids get to work using garbage and rocks. Damn dam. Later, Beverly hears somebody ask for help down the drain of the sink. Some kids say a clown brought them there and now they all float. A creepy red balloon comes up out of the sink and explodes red everywhere. Beverly screams and goes to get her dad. He doesn't seem disturbed by all the blood, but yells at Bev for not fixing it, I guess.
UN-FLASHBACK. Next we see grown-up Eddie, who still lives with his mom. He's got a sweet sweater vest and is packing all his meds. His mom is pissed he's going back to Derry, Maine. He yells at his friend to hurry and drive away. I guess he and his friend are limo drivers. FLASHBACK. The kids are all watching a scary movie together at the theater. A werewolf movie. They accidentally, then on purpose, dump food over the balcony at the greasers and run out of the theater. They all stare at the weird castle thing across the marsh/pond thing where Ben saw his dad earlier. They drop Eddie off at his house. Eddie's creepy mom thinks Eddie is sickly and shouldn't have any friends besides his mom. She tells him not to shower with the other boys after P.E. because he might catch their germs, but the P.E. teacher insists.
He's alone in the showers, but all the showerheads turn on by themselves and start coming out of the wall, at him. Those are some long pipes surrounding him. Pennywise says hi from the shower drain, reaching out his gloved hands. Crappy claymation and Pennywise has busted out of the drain. He tells Eddie he'll see him in his dreams. UN-FLASHBACK. Grown Eddie gets on a train and cries.
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|Just prepping for a friendly neighborhood rock fight!|
FLASHBACK. Stan recites the Boy Scout oath to himself as the kids practice with a slingshot. Bev's really good at it. They think they may be able to kill It with silver chunks like it's a werewolf or something. The kids approach the weird sewer castle in the rain. They all take hits off the asthma inhaler like it's a cigarette or something. I hope Eddie doesn't run out of medicine. The greasers watch them go into the sewer and plan to attack them inside. Giant hooks hang from the ceiling inside the building and they all start climbing down into the drain. The Greasebros watch. Henry sends one of his friends to go down somewhere else and chase the Seven back towards them. He doesn't want to go alone, but they verbally emasculate him so he goes. Inside the sewers, Ben finds a Koosh ball, or maybe it's just a ball thing from the clown outfit.
|Totes norms, right?|
Stan finds the other kids and some sort of light/spaceship thing flies over them. WTF? The kids wake up and see green lights and dry ice smoke coming out of a pipe. They all grab hands and Bill says they have to resist. The light takes form of various dead family members/their greatest fears to scare them. Stan recites Scout shit to himself to stay strong. The clown grabs Stan somehow. Bev drops the silver chunk. The clown says it's "The Eater of Worlds" and "Ender of Children." Before he can eat Stan, Eddie sprays his inhaler in Pennywise's eye and Bev knocks a hole in its head. Really shitty claymation makes the clown go down a small drain. Bill grabs his hand to keep him from escaping, but then it turns into a claw thing and it gets away. They hope it's dead. Outside, Bill makes them promise to come back if it ever comes back. Stan hesitates, but ultimately swears to.
END OF PART ONE! DRINK REFILL TIME!
*BTWs, how could I have forgotten that he tragically killed himself in 2003? That is awful and makes me sad. He was so young and so dreamy.