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Class of 89: The Deadly Pursuit of Familial Perfection in Stepfather II: Make Room For Daddy

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Sequels are always a tricky proposition, and one that most fans meet halfway with more than a little trepidation; we want something new, while still retaining the qualities or spirit that originally drew us in. And then there’s Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy (1989), which tells the same familial terror tale, but in such a way that we don’t mind the repetition—as a matter of fact, we embrace it.

Well, I do, anyway; there are some folks that dismiss Stepfather II as a gorier clone of its predecessor, which is simply not true. It’s also much funnier. Critics naturally had their woodworking tools ready to chisel away at the goodwill the first film had accrued, and many claimed it merely rehashed the events of the first with a bloodier perspective. Given a limited release in theaters, it brought in $1.5 million—not terrible for a limited release and a supposed “rehash.
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Extended Pennywise: The Story of It Trailer Dissects Stephen King's Classic

The extended trailer for Dead Mouse Productions' Pennywise: The Story of It is here and it is an epic tease for fans of the original miniseries. ABC's 1990 telefilm introduced the work of Stephen King to a whole new generation and probably scarred many children for life at the same time. The miniseries is legendary and Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown is iconic and still a very popular Halloween costume, even after the release of Andres Muschietti's latest big screen adaptation of It.

Pennywise: The Story of It reunites the original cast and crew of the ABC miniseries and sheds some new light on the project that many still hold dear to their rapid beating hearts. Tim Curry took Stephen King's words on the page and elevated them to a whole new level of fright and fear. Emily Perkins, who played the young Beverly Marsh,
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27 Club: Stars Who Died at Age 27, From Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse (Photos)

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27 Club: Stars Who Died at Age 27, From Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse (Photos)
27 Club of stars who died tragically at age 27

Robert Johnson

The American blues legend made the Mississippi Delta style famous, but his premature death near Greenwood, Mississippi, remains as mysterious as much of his short life.

Jimi Hendrix

The rock guitarist died in London of asphyxiation while intoxicated on barbituates.

Brian Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969)

The founder and original leader of the Rolling Stones drowned in the swimming pool of his home in East Sussex, England.

Janis Joplin

The blues singer died of a heroin overdose at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood.

Jim Morrison

The singer, songwriter and frontman for The Doors was found in the bathtub of a Paris apartment, apparently from an accidental heroin overdose.

Jim Morrison

The singer, songwriter and frontman for The Doors was found in the bathtub of a Paris apartment, apparently from an accidental heroin overdose.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

A founding member of the Grateful Dead,
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 12)

1979: Guiding Light's Rita found out she was pregnant.

1993: General Hospital's Luke and Laura visited Bill Eckert.

2004: Days of our Lives' Abby reunited with Jennifer.

2008: ABC aired the 10,000th episode of All My Children."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) devised a plan to trick Irene into leading the police to Mary.

1965: On Days of our Lives, Julie Olson (Charla Doherty) paid a visit to her aunt, Marie Horton. Craig Merritt also visited Marie, his future daughter-in-law. Julie's father, Ben, had a fight with her lawyer and uncle,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 12 – It (1990)

It, 1990.

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.

Starring Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, Ben Heller, Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur.


A group of childhood friends are reunited after a spate of gruesome murders in their former hometown suggest the return of “It”, a shape-shifting demonic entity that has terrorised the community for decades, possibly even centuries.

Stephen King has written a lot of books. Like lots of them.

Among his vast bibliography, one work has stood out as one of his most iconic and popular works; the mammoth 1986 novel simply titled It, a terrifying coming of age tale that resulted in everyone hating clowns. It’s also a book that has recently re-entered the public conscious thanks in no small part to the critically acclaimed big screen adaptation that has
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‘It’ Review: Dir. Andy Muschietti (2017)

It Review: Stephen King’s The Losers Club move from television to film in this seriously scary remake of It.

It review, Kat Hughes.

It Review

For decades Stephen King has been the master of horror fiction. His stories has proved to be so interesting and popular that almost everything he writes seems to get a TV or film adaptation. Sadly for King, not all of these are brilliant, for every The Mist and Shawshank Redemption, there’s a Dreamcatcher and a The Lawnmower Man. Even cult television mini-series It is an adaptation of two halves; the first is creepy as Hell and created a generation of clown phobics, the end reveal of its ‘real’ form however, was disappointing. Director Andy Muschietti, who previously brought us Mama, set out to correct those wrongs and create a film that aligns more with the good King films rather than the bad, and he has certainly succeeded.
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'It': Everything You Need to Know About Stephen King's Killer Clown Story

'It': Everything You Need to Know About Stephen King's Killer Clown Story
It is happening again.

This Friday, director Andrés Muschietti will unleash It on moviegoers, bringing one of horror master Stephen King's biggest and best books to big-screen life at last. (Reviews have already started pouring in.) Starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, the sinister shapeshifting clown whose made the town of Derry, Maine his killing ground and Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, the leader of a group of kids on a mission to take the monster down, it's one of the most eagerly anticipated King adaptations ever. Not even multiple behind-the-scenes shakeups,
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13 Things You Never Knew About the Original It Movie

This September, the first half of the two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel, It, will be released. For those unfamiliar, the story follows a group of childhood friends who is terrorized by a shape-shifting, evil being that preys on the fears of its victims. Over 20 years later, the creature - which often takes the form of a clown named Pennywise aka "It" - returns, forcing the friends, now adults, to come together and protect the next generation as well as themselves. The Fall film, which features a cast of young up-and-coming actors (including Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise), will be so terrifying that it'll have you shaking in your boots. Yet, this isn't the first time the horror story has hit the screens. In 1990, the first adaptation aired on ABC as a miniseries, starring Rocky Horror Picture Show alum Tim Curry as the demented clown. Take a look at
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Stephen King's It Finds First Member of the Loser's Club

Stephen King's It Finds First Member of the Loser's Club
There is no shortage of Stephen King adaptations heading to both the big and small screen over the next couple of years, but a fan favorite is finally getting done. The It remake has been in development hell for quite some time, but now with a director firmly in place and even a release date locked down, the project is moving forward and has started the casting process. Jaeden Lieberher has been tapped to play one of the members of The Losers Club.

Lieberher had a couple of breakout roles in St. Vincent alongside Bill Murray and earlier this year in the indie sci-fi flick Midnight Special. He will be playing Bill Denbrough, the leader of the young friend group known as The Losers Club. The role was originally played by Jonathan Brandis in the TV mini series that up until now has been the only live action adaptation of the beloved novel.
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The It Movie Just Cast A Key Member Of The Losers Club

In Stephen King's horror classic It, the battle between Pennywise the clown and the group of children known as "The Losers' Club" is fought both in their childhoods, as well as their middle-aged adult years. Casting each member is key, across both age groups, and the younger half just landed its leader, as up-and-comer Jaeden Lieberher has been cast in the role of Bill Denbrough. This news was landed by Variety, as they reported that Lieberher, the star of such films as St. Vincent and Midnight Special, had landed the role originated by Jonathan Brandis in the 1991 TV miniseries. Bill, the leader of the Losers' Club, comes to know Pennywise after his younger brother, Georgie, is killed by the menacing clown. This is the second role that's been cast in the reboot that is being directed by Andres Muschietti, who is best known for previously directing Mama. The first was,
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Midnight Special Star Jaeden Lieberher Cast as Bill in Stephen King’s It

Yesterday it was announced that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) had officially been cast in the role of Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Now the film has gained another new cast member. Jaeden Lieberher will play Bill Denbrough, the leader of “The Losers Club” in the story. That same character was played by Jonathan Brandis in the original 1991 film.

Lieberher recently starred in the wonderful sci-fi film Midnight Special, and he did a fantastic job in that. It’s awesome to see him land another strong role in a movie. The kid seems like he's perfect for the part, and I’m sure he’ll be awesome.

It will be adapted as a two-part film. The story follows seven kids who come together to form The Losers Club. Along with battling their own personal problems with bullies, family life and such, they are faced
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Stephen King Week: Tommy Lee Wallace on Crafting His Miniseries Masterpiece, It

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There are certain movies that, as you are witnessing them for the first time, feel like something of an event, and that is precisely my experience with Stephen King’s It, which first aired on ABC in November 1990. I can remember everything about watching both installments—how terrified I was of Tim Curry as Pennywise, how much I genuinely loved those kids and how awesome it was to see one of my favorite actors, John Ritter, show up in a horror movie (based on a Stephen King novel nonetheless). It was a landmark in many regards, but to me, as a fan, it's monumental because it truly was one of the first things I ever saw air on network television that genuinely scared the hell out of me.

And since we here at Daily Dead decided to celebrate the Halloween season by paying tribute to many of our favorite King
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There’s Only One Way We Might Be Interested in the ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel

No, I’m not thinking Doubtfire vs. Madea. Technically that would involve a man fighting a woman, as Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire is Robin Williams playing a male character who dresses as an old lady while Mabel “Madea” Simmons is just Tyler Perry playing an old lady. It doesn’t sound like a fair battle. Obviously Madea would kick the fake nanny’s ass. But the synopsis I have in mind is similar for this Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that Fox 2000 has just announced with original director Chris Columbus and Williams both on board. It has to be an Expendables type movie, which means it’s not just Doubtfire 2 but an ensemble piece in which Williams as Daniel Hillard as Doubtfire is joined by Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey as Tootsie, Martin Lawrence as Malcolm Turner as “Big Momma,” David Cross as Tobias Funke as Mrs. Featherbottom, Miguel A. Nunez Jr. as Jamal Jeffries as Juwanna Mann, Harland Williams
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Jonathan Brandis: How Life After Teen Stardom Can Take a Wrong Turn

Jonathan Brandis: How Life After Teen Stardom Can Take a Wrong Turn
Jonathan Brandis hanged himself 10 years ago this week (November 12, 2003) at Sixth and Detroit in Los Angeles, in the second-floor hallway of an apartment building south of Hollywood near a decent doughnut shop and a cat groomer. He was 27 years old. And he was my first big crush. If you're picturing him in your head, you're imagining him young. Brandis began modeling at 2, scored a soap opera gig at 6, and by 10 was a TV regular with guest appearances on Alien Nation, Who's the Boss?, Blossom, L.A. Law, Full House, The Wonder Years and Murder, She Wrote. He was 16 when he made Ladybugs, 17 when he was cast as teen genius Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg's seaQuest 2032. You can't picture him any older t...
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Cary Fukunaga to adapt and direct a two film version of Stephen King's It

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More news for Stephen King fans! On top of directors being attached to the Pet Sematary remake and now the film version of the novel Cell, we have word that a filmmaker is now attached to the big screen take on the iconic novel It. Previously adapted as a mini-series starring Annette O'Toole, John Ritter, Seth Green, Harry Anderson, Jonathan Brandis, Richard Thomas, and Tim Curry, It has terrified audiences for over twenty years. Pennywise the Clown remains one of the most horrific visuals...
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The Stepfather Retrospective Series from Dead Air – The Stepfather III – Wheel Chairs in the Garden

Remember Corey Haim in Silver Bullet? He had a super wheel chair that was motorized, gas powered… it made every snot-nosed little so so and so wanna be a cripple so he could fight werewolves with firecrackers and Roman candles all from the seat of his turbo thruster ignited joyride mobile. Even me. I remember it vividly. I wanted Gary Busey for an uncle and a two wheeled funny car that was my chariot passed parapelgia. Well we’re not hear to talk about Silver Bullet or an amazing tale of a boy vs. wold. We’re heard to talk about a movie called The Stepfather III which has a tagline so off base, I’m going to make you read it off the poster if you feel the need to agree with me. It also happens to have one of the most unimpressive, kid-in-a-wheel chair anti-icons in the history of horror.
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The Stepfather Retrospective Series from Dead Air – The Stepfather II – I Want My (Wedding) Cake!!!

So if you loved The Stepfather and think it was a pretty solid production, you would be shocked to find out all the insanity that seemed to surround the sequel’s production. Re-writes. Re-shoots. Added blood and/or gore or some reasaonble facsimile there of. Cool box art. Actors and directors who refused to compromise their visions. A couple of Weinsteins with a “better understanding” of what the horror fans really want. While the first movie may be superior in many ways, the soap opera that surrounded the release of this first sequel will tell you quite a bit about the climate of filmmaking in the late 80′s. Is this a true sequel? Sure it is, but does it feel the same? Has The Stepfather II gone simple slasher formula or is it trying to psychological thrill you? You’ll have to listen to the latest installment in The Stepfather
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Cary Fukunaga To Helm Stephen King's 'It' In Two Parts

Cary Fukunaga To Helm Stephen King's 'It' In Two Parts
Our favorite evil clown is making his sadistic return. Warner Bros is set to adapt the best-selling Stephen King novel "It" and they've hired "Jane Eyre" filmmaker Cary Fukunaga to helm the project over two films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga will direct and co-write the screenplay with Chase Palmer, who previously turned "Dune" by Frank Herbert into a script for Paramount. Roy Lee and Dan Lin are on board to produce along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg from KatzSmith Production.

The book, published in 1986, was previously adapted in 1990 as a TV miniseries for ABC starring John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Richard Thomas and Tim Curry. The late Jonathan Brandis and "Robot Chicken"'s Seth Green were also part of the cast playing the younger versions Thomas' and Anderson's characters.

The story centers on the Losers Club, a group of neighborhood kids who encounter a
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Stephen King's "It" Becomes Two Films

"Jane Eyre" and "Sin Nombre" director Cary Fukunaga has come onboard the proposed film adaptation of the classic Stephen King 1986 novel "It" reports Heat Vision.

In a clever move considering the book's density and size, Fukunaga and co-writer Chase Palmer have abandoned the single film idea and will instead envision the adaptation as a two film piece.

The story of a group of teen nerds and outcasts (nicknamed 'The Losers Club') in 1958 who encounter 'It', a shapeshifting creature which feeds on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise.

In 1985 the creature resurfaces. The kids, who're now adults, must take on the demon of their childhood again - this time in a different form. The new film will update the period to contemporary times.

ABC made a rather edgy for its time mini-series in 1990 based on the property starring the likes of John Ritter, Jonathan Brandis,
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Cary Fukunaga to Adapt Stephen King’s It in Two Films

An adaptation of Stephen King's It is moving from the television to the big screen, courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre).  Fukunaga, who also wrote and directed the 2009 drama, Sin Nombre, will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. Known for the density of his books, King's It weighs in at a robust 1,104 pages.  Having said that, Fukunaga and Palmer plan to tackle the tale in two films (Palmer previously adapted Frank Herbert's Dune for Paramount, at a much more manageable 544 pages).  The plot of It centers on a group of loser kids who band together to defeat a mysterious creature who preys on children.  Thinking themselves safe as adults, It comes back to test their mettle once again.  Hit the jump for more on It. Heat Vision reported on Fukunaga's attachment to It. A previous adaptation was featured on the small screen in 1990.  The three-hour movie starred John Ritter,
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