Even if you’ve never read Stephen King’s IT, chances are you’ve already heard about the book’s most infamous scene. It involves all 6 of the male member of The Losers Club having sex with Bev in rapid succession. It’s a moment that’s been debated since the book was first released and, even though it wasn’t included in the recently released adaptation, it’s the topic of renewed conversations and deliberations.
All the hub-bub is ironic, since no one seems to mind that the teens in IT are being murdered, only that they’re having sex. Go figure. Still, the orgy (or whatever you want to call it) is one of many controversial scenes from the novel that the film either glossed over or omitted altogether. King is one sick motherfucker, after all!
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Regular readers of Horror Freak News know we’re huge fans of the video lists and essays produced by Looper, and one released last night is right up our alley: Disturbing It Moments from the Book Cut from The Movie. You might be surprised at just how depraved the source material actual is! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Which of these omitted scenes do you find most shocking—or do you think nothing should be held back? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the 10 controversial scenes are listed and briefly summarized after the video. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: The 2017 big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It is a major success with critics and audiences — due in no small part to the way the movie incorporates the book’s most essential elements while sidestepping some of its more controversial or uncomfortable moments. These are the most disturbing scenes from It that were left behind during the long journey to theaters…
Patrick Hockstetter’s Cruelest Act: The character (played by Owen Teague) suffocates his infant brother in his crib.
Patrick’s Death Scene: In the novel, Patrick makes a sexual advance towards Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton), after which he’s devoured by IT in the form of swarming insects—the bully’s worst nightmare.
Henry Bowers’ Father: The alpha bully’s home life is much more violent and disturbing than what is shown in the film; his father (played by Stuart Hughes) suffers PTSD and humiliates him constantly.
The Town Blaze: Mike Hanlon (played by Chosen Jacobs) describes a fire that killed his mother and siblings, but in the book, he’s connected to events surrounding a jazz club called The Black Spot. His dad tells how the exclusively black clientele was trapped inside by members of the KKK and burned alive. It’s hinted that Pennywise was behind the attack.
The Death of Eddie Corcoran: This subplot didn’t make it into the film; Eddie attended the same school as The Losers Club. After his father killed his brother with a hammer, he hid in The Barrens. It was there that Pennywise appeared to him in the form of the Gil Man and decapitated him.
Eddie’s First Encounter with IT: In the novel, Pennywise takes the form of The Leper and makes an obscene sexual advance towards Eddie (played by Jack Dylan Grazer) illustrating his fears of both disease and sexuality.
The Goon Squad: In the novel, ever member of The Bowers Gang is murdered by IT after chasing The Losers Club into the sewers.
Ritual of Chüd: In the novel, the only way to defeat IT is to perform this ritual, which involves communing with an interdimensional turtle. It’s not exactly controversial, but it’s pretty convoluted!
The Smoke Hole: In the novel, The Losers Club participate in a sweat-lodge type ritual; some of them enter a trance-like state where they learn about the origins of Pennywise and IT’s arrive on Earth millions of year ago.
The Sewer Escape: The most infamous moment which most people familiar with IT have heard about, even if they didn’t read the novel: The big sex scene. In the book, The Losers Club become trapped in the sewers after defeating Pennywise. What transpires isn’t quite an orgy, and it it’s quite group sex, but it’s way too problematic for film—especially when you’re dealing with multiple pre-teen boys having sex with a single pre-teen girl.
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Check out the trailer and synopsis for IT, directed by Andy Muschietti, 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.