Andy Muschietti’s IT is kicking ass and taking names, breaking all box office records and quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best horror movies of the 21st Century. Pennywise the Dancing Clown was already iconic thanks to a knock-out performance by Tim Curry in 1990, but Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal is also instantly legendary. Interest in the character and the novel by Stephen King is at an all-time high.
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
IT/Pennywise has the power to change his appearance to whatever he wants; he uses powers of ESP to learn a person’s deepest fears, then attacks them in that form. In the book and 1990’s miniseries, IT changed into a werewolf and the mummy, as these were frightening movie characters in the 1950s. When Muschietti was adapting the film to take place in the 1980’s, he considered using iconic movie villains from that era—including the infamous Springwood Slasher!
There was actually a lot of outside pressure to include Freddy Krueger, the character created by Wes Craven and made iconic by Robert Englund, but the director ultimately decided against it.
Per Ain’t It Cool News:
Andy Muschietti: Obviously we considered that for a bit, but I wasn’t too interested in bringing Freddy Krueger into the mix. I love the story and I love how Stephen King basically makes a portrait of childhood in the ’50s. He’s very genuine when he brings all the Universal Monsters to the repertoire of incarnation because that’s what kids were afraid of. It would be a natural path to try to recreate that in the ’80s, but I really wasn’t too crazy about bringing stuff like Freddy Krueger into the story. I thought it was a bit too meta with New Line involved in the film. It’s distracting and it didn’t feel right, for some reason.
I highly recommend reading the interview in its entirety, HERE.
If you haven’t seen IT yet, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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