By the mid-90s, the World Wrestling Federation was on something of a downward spiral.
During the mid-1980’s, company CEO Vince McMahon systematically destroyed the then regional wrestling territories by stealing all of their talent and transforming the business into a nationwide, pay-per-view industry. Plunging all of his finances into a make-or-break event known as Wrestlemania, Vince capitalised on the youth-orientated MTV market by enlisting the services of stars such as Cyndi Lauper, and thereby introducing his own larger-than-life stars to an already established audience . . .
In many ways, time has not been kind to Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, IT.
Judged in cinematic terms, it is a largely hackneyed portrayal with paper-thin characterisation, second rate acting and contrived storytelling, while the movie tends to gravitate towards melodrama on more than one occasion. Of course, there was no theatrical release for what was a two part TV mini-series, and when you take into account the period in which it was made, the budget it was allotted a the tools at its disposal, you can forgive many of those flaws . . .
If the devil existed here on Earth, what exactly would he do and how would he set about doing it? That is the central theme of Taylor Hackford’s 1997 thriller The Devil’s Advocate, which has kind of fallen off the radar in the years since its release for reason’s that are understandable . . .