Movie fans attending a special screening of the movie "It" in Bangor, Maine, got a bonus: Author and local resident Stephen King joined them.
King's radio station, WKIT-FM, sponsored the special showing Wednesday night, and King received a standing ovation. He told the moviegoers: "You're going to be scared out of your seats anyway, so you might as well sit down."
"It" is based on King's book about a sewer-dwelling, homicidal clown in Derry, Maine. King has said the fictionalized town is based on Bangor.
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The new adaptation of King's novel will be previewed in many select theaters Thursday before it opens nationwide Friday.