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What made Stephen King’s It adaptation so good is that more than a horror movie, it was a real drama. Here are 5 other movies (and 1 show) for you to watch next if you loved hanging with the Losers.

You can really tell how different generations of brilliant artists Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, JJ Abrams, Jeff Nicholds - have inspired another, in a cycle that will probably never end.

Every week, we will curate a collection of titles - movies, TV, general miscellanea - for you to watch (and in some cases, read, or listen to), in a series we call Weekend Binge. The selection will be based on a theme which binds the picks - which could be extremely blunt in certain instances, or confusingly abstract in some. No rules apply, other than the end goal being getting some great entertainment to watch.

While the idea is to base the theme on the week’s major events - it could be the release of a new movie, or show - we could also use this opportunity to comment on our world in general, and turn to art to wrap our heads around some of the more difficult stories of the past seven days.

The new Stephen King adaptation, It, aside from being a fine Stephen King adaptation - among the best, even - has that unique power that can transport audiences to a different time, back when things were... simpler. The time when kids didn’t let homework get in the way of more important things - like fighting aliens, discovering hidden treasure, and finding first love. It’s the ‘80s, when film’s were concerned more with characters and their stories than loud noises and fart jokes.

We must thank It for taking us back to this wonderful age in moviemaking, when directors like Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and John Carpenter were creating a whole generation of geeks. So let’s not stop now. Let’s watch more. In the spirit of the kids in these movies, let’s explore more. Here are five movies (and one very good TV show) that you can watch after It.

Super 8

It’s no secret that JJ Abrams is a bit of a devotee of Spielberg’s and King’s. Many accused Super 8 (which is produced by Spielberg), his story of a group of kids who must investigate the strange happenings in their small town - yes, it sounds familiar, doesn’t it - of being too reverential. But it’s more than just empty homage. There’s death, there’s fierce friendship, and there’s a monster. And it’s beautiful.

The Monster Squad

In a sort of meta move, The Monster Squad asks the question: What if a group of movie nerds run into the monsters they’ve idolised their entire lives. The answer: Exactly what you’d expect. They handle the heck out of it.

Attack the Block

While this genre - ‘80s kids battling supernatural entities in a romantic, lens flare heavy world scored to REO Speedwagon - is a quintessentially American one, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block transports the action to London - and to the present day. A council estate populated by shady drug dealers, broken families, and class warfare, to be precise. And in the middle of all this drama, an alien invasion happens.

The Goonies

Like the Losers in It, the Goonies are a bunch of misfit kids who find themselves attracting adventure almost as if they’re Enid Blyton characters. Spielberg’s imprint is deep and lasting - he wrote the story - and there’s that unique sense of romanticism and camaraderie that we associate with these movies, as the Goonies embark on an epic treasure hunt.

Midnight Special

There’s a clear connective tissue between the films and TV on this list. You can really tell how different generations of brilliant artists have inspired another, in a cycle that will probably never end. Finn Wolfhard stars both in It, and Stranger Things, which we’ll talk about next. Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, meanwhile, owes a great debt to the films of John Carpenter - especially Starman - and It owes a debt to Midnight Special for having found its lead actor, Jaeden Leiberher.

Stranger Things

The ultimate goal must be to binge It, Super 8, and Stranger Things over one weekend. Not only are these movies (and show) remarkably similar to each other - it’s almost as if they’ve been fused together by some sort of Loser Club-inspired bond made in blood - they preach ideas that every misfit geek can relate to: Be good, stay loyal, fight the bullies, vanquish your demons, and, when you get time, watch great movies.
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Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers working today having sold over 350 million copies of his books, many of which have been adapted for movies and television. King’s works are usually a mix of horror, suspense, sci-fi and fantasy with supernatural elements. Teaming up with J.J. Abrams, Stephen King is bringing about a new anthology series called Castle Rock which will bring together character and themes from many of his previous work. Posting via his Bad Robot production company twitter account, J.J. Abrams tweeted a link to a teaser trailer:

Castle Rock is a fictional location in Maine and is featured in many of King’s work including The Dead Zone, Cujo, Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, The Dark Half, The Body, Uncle Otto’s Truck, The Sun Dog, Needful Things and It Grows on You. The teaser trailer also showed references to some of King’s most beloved works adopted to movies including Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining and more. The teaser is implying that Castle Rock is the constant thread across all these works and will be the setting of the anthology series.

Although some writers have noted that it has a ‘Stranger Things’ vibe and thinks that this work is a response to that series’ success which in itself draws heavily from Stephen King’s ouvre, the fact that Castle Rock is an anthology series taking place in one location makes it closer to ‘Eerie, Indiana’ which was a short-lived TV series from 1991.

Castle Rock will be available on Hulu just like Stephen King and J.J. Abrams previous team-up effort 11.22.63. No further information is currently available in terms of episode count or premiere date.
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A small, isolated town that serves as a nexus for all kinds of weird supernatural junk? Sounds relevant to my interests.

I hope Hulu Original doesn't translate to a Hulu Exclusive.


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