The director of the new IT movie adaptation has now explained the significance of the film’s R-rating. In addition to being widely recognized as a master of horror literature, prolific author Stephen King has seen his work adapted for both films and TV shows literally dozens of times. Some – such as The Shining and Pet Sematary – go on to be beloved cinematic takes on King’s stories, while others – such as Dreamcatcher and Cell – are generally regarded as adaptations that would have been best left unmade.

There also exists a third category, in which resides King adaptations with some brilliant elements, but also enough ...

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