As we edge closer to the September 8th release of Andrés Muschietti’s IT, featuring Bill Skarsgård as the iconic evil clown Pennywise, you can feel the anticipation (and the dread!) building steadily. Considering Alien: Covenant failed to meet fans’ expectations, horror aficionados are putting a lot of hope on IT, hoping it will live up to the hype.
If you’re a fan of the bestselling novel by Stephen King and/or the 1990s miniseries, now may be a good time to re-familiarize with the story’s most integral crew: The Losers Club. Our friends at the Hybrid Network have been working on a series of video essays that serves as individual bios for the Losers, aka Richie, Ben, Bev, Eddie, Mike, Stan, and Bill. Each one is concise and informative.
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Spoiler Warning: If you aren’t familiar with the novel or 1990s miniseries based on IT and want to know as little as possible before seeing Muschietti’s adaptation, bookmark this page and revisit after you’ve seen the film; these bios include details that could definitely be considered spoilers for the uninitiated.
Character Summary: As we move closer to the release of the new movie, we’re continuing with our breakdown of the various Loser’s Club members and what makes them tick. Today, we tackle the comedian of the group: Richie Tozier.
Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier lived in Derry, Maine. He was one of the members of The Losers’ Club, who fought against Pennywise the Clown in 1958 and again in 1985. In 1958, his best friend was Big Bill Denbrough, and another was Stan “the Man” Uris, and he had a crush on Beverly Marsh. He was also friends with Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon, and Eddie Kaspbrak.
Character Summary: We continue our look at the various heroes of the Loser’s Club, breaking down their hopes, dreams, and most importantly, their fears. This week we tackle the studious bookworm of the group, Ben Hanscom.
Ben Hanscom was a member of The Losers’ Club. He had a crush on Beverly Marsh in 1958. Beverly, however, was in love with Bill Denbrough even in 1958. In 1985 after they defeated It for the final time, Beverly and Ben entered a relationship together. He was also friends with Bill Denbrough, Richie Tozier, Stan Uris, Eddie Kaspbrak and Mike Hanlon.
Character Summary: Beverly Marsh is one of the members of The Losers’ Club. She was in love with Bill Denbrough in 1958 and she fell in love with Ben Hanscom in 1985 after they defeated It for the final time. She is also abused by her father, Alvin Marsh, and her husband, Tom Rogan. She was also friends with Richie Tozier, Mike Hanlon, Eddie Kaspbrak, Ben Hanscom and Stan Uris.
Character Summary: Eddie Kaspbrak is one of the members of The Losers’ Club, appearing in Stephen King’s novel, It, and its subsequent film adaptations. He is the second member of the losers to have a disability, as Bill Denbrough has a bad stutter. He is good friends with Bill Denbrough, Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, Ben Hanscom, Stan Uris and Richie Tozier.
Character Summary: Michael “Mike” Hanlon was one of the members and the last member to join The Losers’ Club, also the “Lucky Seven” and only African American child in the group. He is one of the characters from It, who lived in Derry, Maine. He is good friends with Bill Denbrough, Stan Uris, Eddie Kaspbrak, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier and Ben Hanscom.
Character Summary: We’re coming close to the end of our look at the Loser’s Club, the main heroes of Stephen King’s dark horror novel, IT. Stan Uris, the most skeptical and fact obsessed of the bunch, learns to accept things being out of his control, though that may not be enough to save him in the future…
Stan Uris was a member of The Losers’ Club in Stephen King’s novel IT. He was good friends with Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon and Beverly Marsh. He later becomes a partner in a large Atlanta-based accounting firm. When he received the call from Mike Hanlon in 1985 that It had stirred once more from its slumber, Stan committed suicide by slitting his wrists while lying in his bathtub, rather than return to Derry, Maine to face It.
Character Summary: We end our discussion and dissection of the Loser’s Club members, concluding the series with the leader of the bunch Bill Denbrough. As IT terrorizes Derry, Maine, Bill’s grief and anger over the loss of his brother sets up key themes and resolutions to the novel.
William “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough is the brother of George Denbrough and the husband of Audra Phillips. He is the main character and the leader of the Losers’ Club in IT. He is an author when he grows up. He is good friends with Mike Hanlon, Eddie Kaspbrak, Richie Tozier, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh and Stan Uris.
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Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for Andrés Muschietti’s IT below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
The film stars Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise, and Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as the Losers’ Club.