In a recent interview with Variety, Andrés Muschietti discussed the various manifestations IT will take in his remake of Stephen King’s bestseller. While this aspect of Pennywise wasn’t explored in the 1990’s miniseries, the interdimensional fiend can take on a variety of forms; in addition to the infamous dancing clown, he can choose his appearance based on a victim’s specific fears. In the novel, IT took the form of a leper and several classic Universal monsters including Dracula and the Wolfman.
Muschetti: In the book, they’re children in the ’50s, so the incarnations of the monsters are mainly from movies, so it’s Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula. I had a different approach. I wanted to bring out deeper fears, based not only on movie monsters but on childhood traumas.
One of these incarnations may be a mutilated female entity covered in menstrual fluids. I’ll explain, but first, some background.
Before Andrés Muschietti came on board to direct IT, the film was to be helmed by True Detectives’ Cary Fukunaga from a script he co-wrote with Chase Palmer. After that split, the script was given a thorough rewrite by Annabelle/Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. On the IMDB page for IT, Fukunaga, Palmer, and Dauberman are all listed as screenwriters, so it’s anyone’s guess how much of the original script survived into the final draft.
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The “Menstruation Monster” I refer to in the headline is a manifestation of IT that appeared in the Fukunaga/Palmer script (which hit the internet shortly after the writers’ split with New Line); therefore, it may or may not be in the film hitting theaters on September 8th. Nonetheless, Muschietti’s comment about his monsters representing childhood traumas makes me think it’s likely.
The entity appears to Stan (who will be played by Wyatt Oleff) when takes a bathroom break at his Synagogue during Bar Mitzvah preparations. When he finds the Men’s Room closed for repairs, he reluctantly enters the Women’s Room. Fukunaga/Palmer described a cleansing area used by female members of the congregation during their periods; Stan is simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by the pool of blood he sees. Then, this happens:
Stan encounters IT in the form of a naked woman who emerges from the puddle of menstrual blood. It’s a moment that feels very reminiscent of The Shining; the exact wording of the script is: “ANGLE FROM BEHIND her as she steps out of the water, towards him. The naked woman’s back is full of sores and bleeding, her butt shredded and rotten.”
What do you think about Fukunaga’s bloody manifestation? Do you think it’s scary and traumatizing? Would you like to see this vision come to life when Muschietti’s IT hits theaters in September? Or is it just too gross; something you’d rather not even imagine? Let’s discuss in the Comments section.
You can check out the trailer and synopsis for 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.
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