In a film that is often considered one of the best of the decade, the BBC’s Pennywise and the Mind-Controlling Clown, the first feature-length film by director Stephen King, there was no shortage of characters to play off.
“Pennywise and his Clown” stars Kevin Costner, Jon Hamm, James Marsden and Stephen King among others.
It was the perfect way to end a summer, the title suggests.
But, like so many of the other films in the ’80s, it was not an entirely popular film.
Its ratings slumped by nearly a third in the UK, falling from its opening to a total of just over 1 million.
Even when it was revived for a second run at the BBC in 2000, the film was not a box office success, with its first run selling out in one day.
The film’s director, Martin McDonagh, was fired from the BBC.
Now, in his 75th year, the director is back with his most recent film, a film about a small town in America.
This time, he is taking on a character that he has written and directed.
For Stephen King’s latest, it is the ghost of a boy who was killed in a car accident as a child.
In the film, Pennywise, a young boy, travels back in time to save his father from the demon that is the “Mind-Controllers”.
“In the 1980s, when we were making Pennywise there were a lot of kids out there who would watch the film because they knew it was a great film and that was a really positive thing,” King told the BBC, explaining that he wanted to bring back “the fun” of the 80s.
King is a lifelong horror fan, and the first film that he ever saw as a boy was the horror classic The Haunting of Hill House.
He recalled the first time he saw the film when he was nine.
“I had no idea what it was.
While there was some good humour in the film and King had the good sense to put his own spin on the story, it did not quite reach the same level of popularity as the original. “
It was about a ghostly little boy in a town, and there was a guy named Billy who would go around killing people,” he recalled.
While there was some good humour in the film and King had the good sense to put his own spin on the story, it did not quite reach the same level of popularity as the original.
After it was released, it sold out in just a few hours and did not become a hit in the States.
When the film did become a smash hit, King wrote a sequel to it.
Since then, it has spawned a series of other movies, including one about a woman who is possessed by Pennywise.
With the film now being re-released, it seems unlikely that it will ever be as popular as its predecessor.
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