As the world’s most renowned fear practitioner, Stephen King has been the source of millions of nightmares. And with dozens of projects in the works, including Andrés Muschietti’s IT, featuring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, the trend isn’t likely to end anytime soon. King has stoked widespread dread of clowns, St. Bernards, and heavy fog, but what does The Master fear?
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King revealed his deepest anxieties in a recent interview with Variety. While some, like fear of flying, are already well-documented, others might surprise you. Many reflect elements of his most famous works.
Is there anything that scares you?
Oh God, yes. Air travel is a big one with me because I feel like I’m not in control. I’m close to 70 now, so I’m worried about basically having the cheese slide off my cracker — Alzheimer’s, dementia, stuff like that. I don’t like bugs, I don’t like bats, I don’t like things that creep and crawl. With the exception of snakes, somehow they don’t really turn my dials. But I’m also afraid of people like Brady Hartsfield, they’re out there. And it crosses my mind every time I do a public event. You think about somebody like Mark David Chapman, and you think maybe somebody’s got a knife out for you. But that’s part of life.
IT hits US Theaters on September 8th; 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, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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