Adapted from one of the most celebrated and disturbing horror novels of all time, Andrés Muschietti's feature version of Stephen King's IT is currently destroying box office records with the best opening weekend ever for an R-rated horror movie. The big-screen take is definitely a crowd-pleaser, with ambitiously absurd scares and a stellar young cast that brings to mind kid-centered hits like The Goonies and The Sandlot. Comparisons to IT's 1990 TV miniseries are inevitable, and while this modern iteration surpasses that previous live-action take in many ways, there are several elements where the theatrical feature fell short.

Here are five things TV's IT miniseries managed to do better than the feature did, even taking into account the fact that Andrés Muschietti only told half of the story with this initial flick. Note that I'm definitely not shitting on IT's first theatrical chapter, because I'm a big fan. But I'm also a fan of Lawrence D. Cohen and Tommy Lee Wallace's original take on Stephen King's monster novel, and I've heard more than enough naysaying against it in the months prior to the film's release. BEWARE MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T YET WATCHED IT IN THEATERS.

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Pennywise's Dread

Because this is the first of two planned movies, with the second aimed to focus on the adult timeline, IT obviously couldn't lay out the entirety of Pennywise's stronghold on Derry and its citizens. Still, instead of inspiring uneasy dread in audience members who should never be quite aware of when Pennywise's surreal influence would show up, appearances from Bill Skarsgard's colorfully evil entity are a constant string of jump-scare sequences -- albeit well-conceived ones -- that can be seen coming a mile away.

Following the fairly excellent opening, in which the sewer-bound and glow-eyed Pennywise lures Georgie in, IT doesn't really let the terrifying villain toy with its victims to build up their fears. More often than not, danger-filled scenes make it look like the toothy clown is just trying to kill someone (or make them float, to be sure) before he's stopped short for consistently arbitrary reasons. Tim Curry's Pennywise was a seasoned vet in calmly controlling horrifying situations with dialogue, while Skarsgard's iteration often came across as a Scooby-voiced threat borrowed from another horror franchise. Perhaps the larger special effects budget played into this, and that budget was certainly responsible for some of the wildest moments, but money can't buy me dread, I guess.

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