IT has become such an instant success, the question is no longer “Have you seen the movie?” but “How many times have you seen the movie?”! I’ve only seen it once, but can’t wait for a second spin in the near future. Not only is IT one of those rare films that inspire multiple viewings in order to fully appreciate it, it’s so packed full of allusions, nods, and Easter Eggs you might miss them if you only saw the film once.
Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing lists and videos that explain aspects of the film that might be confusing to the uninitiated (those who haven’t read the novel and/or seen the 1990’s miniseries), but today, we’ve got a list for Stephen King uber-fans. In addition to the obvious references to the novel that popped up in the film, there were many other subtle nods.
Check out the video below from Looper: Small Details in It That Only True Fans Noticed! Did you catch all of these allusions the first time around? Do any of these hidden gems surprise you? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the details are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s It contains a lot of Easter eggs — some of which are more obvious than others. In addition to the ones we’ve talked about before, like those t-shirt logos, here’s a look at some of the other small details in It that only true fans noticed…
Absentee Parents: Despite the fact that the town of Derry is under a 7 PM curfew, we don’t see parents doing all that much to protect their children; in fact, many adults seem to willfully ignore the presence of IT.
Robert Dohey’s Head: When Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is doing research at the library before being confronted by IT, he sees an image of a boy’s head in a tree in one of his history books. This is a nod to Robert Dohey, a victim whose body parts were found up in an apple tree.
The Stutter Chant: Although it was never fully uttered in the movie, it plays an important role in the novel and even works as a parallel for Bill’s (Jaeden Lieberher) story: “He thrusts his fists against the post and still insists he sees the ghosts.”
I Heart Derry Balloon: The I Love Derry Balloon Patrick Hockstetter (Owen Teague) sees before his death is a reference to Adrian Mellon. In the novel, Mellon is murdered as his gay partner, Don Hagarty, looks on, but does nothing. In the distance, Hagarty sees a bunch of balloons, all enthusiastically proclaiming, “I Love Derry”.
The Intersection of Jackson and Witcham Street, where Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) dies, comes straight out of the novel.
Paul Bunyan Statue: in the book, the Paul Bunyan statue comes to life and haunts Richie (Finn Wolfhard). This is also an allusion to a real statue in Stephen King’s home town of Bangor, Maine.
Forgetting: After emerging from the sewers, Beverly (Sophia Lillis) says she’s already forgetting what she saw in the Deadlights. This hints that every member of The Losers Club will start to forget their experiences as they march towards adulthood.
Exit Order: Stan (Wyatt Oleff) and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) are the first seen to have exited the sewers after sending Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) back into slumber. Stan and Eddie will also be the first to exit (in a much more tragic manner) in the second half of the novel.
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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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