Many of us who came of age hooked on Stephen King in the 1980s gravitated towards his more adventurous films and books. IT, for example, is a great example of kids banding together against a common enemy; it was something that appealed to those who imagined going on epic quests, facing unimaginable terrors along the way.
Even though it’s not technically a horror movie, Stand By Me (based on King’s short story The Body) really pulled at that same adventurous teenage spirit. While it doesn’t have any of the supernatural trappings that are King’s hallmarks, it is nonetheless a compelling and impactful story that leaves its audience feeling transformed.
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YouTuber Brian Singleton has imagined a movie that combines IT and Stand By Me into a single ambitious saga. Check out the trailer below for Stand By IT, which merges footage from the 1990’s miniseries and the 1986 feature film respectively. It’s a great tribute to King’s legacy that also points out the similar themes in his disparate works. I’d love to visit a universe where this movie actually exists!
Stand By Me was directed by Rob Reiner and starred Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Corey Feldman; check out the trailer and synopsis below.
The new IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård as the evil clown Pennywise, crawls out of sewers and into US Theaters on September 8th; check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.