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IT (1990 T.V. MINISERIES)

Updated: Mar 21

It (also known as Stephen King's It) is a 1990 American ABC two-part psychological horror drama miniseries directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen from Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. The story revolves around a predatory monster that can transform itself into its prey's worst fears, allowing it to exploit the phobias of its victims. It mostly takes the humanoid form of Pennywise, a darkly comedic clown. The protagonists are The Lucky Seven, or The Losers Club, a group of outcast kids who discover Pennywise and vow to kill him by any means necessary. The series takes place over two different time periods, the first when the Losers first confront Pennywise as children in 1960, and the second when they return as adults in 1990 to defeat him a second time after he resurfaces.


ABC originally did not want King seeing the footage of It until after it was broadcast; however, the author threatened the network that he would not do any promotional interviews if he did not see it first. King explained in a September 1990 Fangoria interview that he had seen the first hour of the miniseries, and that the rest was currently being edited. His reasoning for checking on the miniseries' progress was, "It's my damn book and I worked on it for three years."


Part Two of It was the most VCR-recorded television production of November 1990.

 

IT SEWER GRATE

DATE(S) VISITED: JULY 4, 2020
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We all float down here! The tale of "IT" not only takes place in "Derry" (Bangor), it was filmed entirely in the town. Pictured is the OG grate at the corner of Jackson & Union in which we first meet this demon in disguise Pennywise. A sewage drain at the intersection of Union Street and Jackson Street is said to be the one that helped Stephen King come up with the famous scene from this stoy, where Pennywise talks to Georgie and then rips his arm off. While it doesn't resemble the sewer in the TV and movie versions, it is still a cool place for King fans to see and experience.

Per locals it's tradition for visitors to tie a red balloon to the grate to pay homage and keep him at bay, which we did.



 

THOMAS HILL STANDPIPE

DATE(S) VISITED: JULY 4, 2020
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The iconic Thomas Hill Standpipe is a short distance from the grate. King sat at the bench by the standpipe for multiple days handwriting pages of the story.


 

ORIENTAL JADE RESTAURANT

DATE(S) VISITED: JULY 4, 2020
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By Bangor Mall sits the Oriental Jade restaurant, this place served as the inspiration for It's Jade Of The Orient restaurant. We didn't eat there so we didn't get any eyeballs in fortune cookies.


 

PAUL BUNYAN STATUE

DATE(S) VISITED: JULY 4, 2020
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IT even includes the infamous Paul Bunyan statue. For all intents and purposes, IT is King's love letter to the city that made him famous.



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