Much like predecessor, there were changes made to the narrative of the concluding chapter that distance the film’s story from that of Stephen King’s original novel. It was his 18th novel, and the 13th novel written under his own name. It was one of the best selling novels in the United States of that year and is now considered a "modern masterpiece" of the horror genre in literature.Since the book's publication King's story has been adapted several times for TV and film. In 1990, Tommy Lee Wallace produced a two-part miniseries starring Tim Curry. In 2017, Andy Muschietti directed the 2017 film adaptation, and its sequel, Chapter Two, in 2019.

When Kajganich learned of Warner Bros. plans to adapt King's novel, he went after the job. Kajganich worked with Lin, Lee, and Davison on The Invasion , and he knew they would champion good storytelling, and allow him the time to work out a solid first draft of the screenplay. Kajganich spoke of the remake being set in the, "mid-1980s and in the present mirroring the twenty-odd-year gap King uses in the book and with a great deal of care and attention paid to the backstories of all the characters." There are a bazillion reviews of this out there so I'm not going to get into what the book is about but rather my experience of re-reading the book. It took me the whole month of December to read as it's quite a tome.

I ate up the creepy side characters, whether it's the inappropriate pharmacist or Ben at the library with that creeper librarian just out of focus in the background. Someone smart did the score that serves to build up that sense of unease. I'll say that old English nursery rhyme, "Oranges and Lemons," has never sounded more sinister.

It is the title character in Stephen King's 1986 horror novel It. The character is an ancient cosmic evil which preys upon the children of Derry, Maine, roughly every 27 years, using a variety of powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate reality, and go unnoticed by adults. During the course of the story, It primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. In Stephen King’s thousand-page novel, the Losers Club succeed in killing It. The film follows that plot, though changing a lot of how it's done.

Most of all though the book is a tremendous story of characters wh a huge cast that King juggles to perfection, one of the things I like best about King. A great book, not his best, but up there and a must-read for fans. This could also be a good introduction for first-time readers if they don't mind the length, for a shorter intro to King I recommend "Pet Semetary". IT delivers a terrifying slice of Americana, which is Stephen King's jam. The plot is basically about how Pennywise psychologically messes with everyone on account of he feeds off his victims' torment.


The film won three Bogey Awards, for pulling in more than two million German admissions in 11 days. In addition, the motion picture has been named as one of the best films of 2017 by various critics, appearing on several critics' end-of-year lists. Well, that’s not super easy to answer, but let’s give it a try. Several media outlets such as The Guardian have spoken of the character, ranking it as one of the scariest clowns in film or pop culture. Author Darren Shan cited Pennywise as an inspiration behind the character Mr. Dowling in his 12.5 book serial Zom-B.

If you only have a passing familiar with Stephen King's original novel, you might think It is simply about a killer clown. But there’s far more to the sprawling saga of The Losers' Club and the fictional setting of Derry, Maine. Here are 10 things you might not have known about the bestselling book of 1986. It (sometimes capitalized as IT), also more commonly known as Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of Stephen King's 1986 coming-of-age horror novel It, as well as its 1990 TV miniseries adaptation and the remastered film duology of the same name. Pictures would be bringing Stephen King's novel to the big screen, with David Kajganich to adapt King's novel, while Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison would be producing the piece.

Association With 2016 Clown Sightings

King, however makes no mention of Gacy in discussing his inspiration for It. IT (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked IT the 15th greatest villain of all time. While watching the remake of Stephen King's It, you’ll be too busy physically jumping out of your seat to consider the origins of Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård). Instead of wondering what “It” is, you’ll be yelling at Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) to not talk to strangers, and to definitely not put his hand in the sewer.

What does Pennywise say at the end of it?

Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm is calling this second film "probably scarier than chapter one -- more Pennywise imagery to haunt your dreams." But he also found it less charming than the first, and overlong. #ITChapterTwo is probably scarier than chapter one - more Pennywise imagery to haunt your dreams.

This is King's first book that takes place in Derry, though the town has been mentioned before. There are also a ton of references to his previous books up to this point such as the mention of the crazy cop killer (Dead Zone) and guessing that someone's last name was Underwood (The Stand). In general, this story is very similar to "The Body" (Stand By Me) only with monsters.

After the others make their goodbyes and disperse, Beverly and Bill discuss her leaving the next day to live w her aunt in Portland. Before she leaves, Bill reveals his feelings and they kiss.

It has received numerous awards and nominations, earning two Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association nominations, including Best Acting Ensemble. It was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.

  • —Writer Stephen King's reaction to the recurring clown scare phenomenon.
  • In the first film, we get a glimpse of It’s far-reaching influence through Ben, who takes over Mike’s role as the resident history nerd.
  • Sadly, not all of the heroes make to the end of the story, with Eddie sacrificing himself to save his friends during the final confrontation with Pennywise.
  • We also hear about the Black Spot, a night club created by and for local black soldiers that was burned to the ground by a hate group in 1962 (1930 in the book).
  • Ben explains Derry’s dark history, telling us that people die or disappear at six times the national average in their town… and that’s just the adults the kids are worse.

Unfortunately, Pennywise impales Eddie with one of its spiderlike appendages, swings him around like a ragdoll, and tosses him, leaving him with a large wound in his abdomen. It's the second half and it's very connected to the first one." Muschietti confirmed that two cut scenes from the film will hopefully be included in the second, one of which being the fire at the Black Spot from the book. It received praise for its performances, direction, screenplay, cinematography, and musical score. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 368 reviews, with an average rating of 7.24/10.

Pennywise is only one manifestation of It, a physical form for his metaphysical existence in the Macroverse, an entirely separate dimension in the void between universes in King's novels. The clown audiences watched the Losers Club fight 27 years ago and now again as adults is his way of luring children, his prey of choice. Pennywise the Dancing Clown plays his tricks, but the evil being who dropped onto earth by way of meteor, feeds on fear, and controls the deadlights, is It’s actual, true form. In the book, It claims to be superior to anything we can find on Earth, which begs the question of whether or not a shapeshifting alien can even be killed. Two years after Andy Muschietti’s IT reimagined the horrors of Pennywise the Dancing Clown and his torment of Derry’s Losers’ Club, it all ends with this weekend’s release of IT Chapter Two.

It premiered in Los Angeles on September 5, 2017, and was released in the United States on September 8, 2017, in 2D and IMAX. The film set numerous box office records and grossed over $701 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. Unadjusted for inflation, it became the highest-grossing horror film of all time. It received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, and many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations.

's more diverse; there is a Catholic, a Jew, a black kid and a girl included amongst the seven and I think they also are more of a comparison to the group of kids from "Stranger Things". I was surprised that the clown is not as major a part of the book as it is commonly portrayed by pop culture. I didn't find the story scary at all but there are a couple of classic King intense scenes.

On February 18, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Owen Teague was set to portray Patrick Hocksetter. On June 21, 2016, it was officially announced that Nicholas Hamilton had been cast to play Henry Bowers.

Does Pennywise have a daughter?

The spider-clown shrinks as the Losers hurl taunts at It, until it's tiny and weak enough that they pluck out its heart and squash it into nothingness. In the end, they defeat Pennywise by, uh, making him feel really bad about himself.

After each member of the Losers Club went down their own quests to retrieve artifacts from their pasts to complete the Ritual of Chud, the ritual seems to work when it traps Its deadlights inside of the vase, but it goes awry. A giant version of Pennywise emerges, revealing that the original natives who had performed the ritual were immediately slaughtered by It. This version of It is a combination of its default form Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the Giant Spider as described in the book. It then warps the Losers Club into different nightmarish scenarios, but they inevitably overcome their fears. It traps Richie in its deadlights, forcing Eddie to grab the pole Beverly gave him earlier and attacks Pennywise with it under the belief that it could kill It.

Why did Eddie die in it?

The turtle is Pennywise's universal opposite, where as Pennywise is chaos and malevolent intent, the turtle (Maturin) is a force of kindness and benevolence. In short, Maturin is simply the polar opposite of It. Because of this, Maturin helped the Losers Club mess up Pennywise in The Ritual of Chud.

King's second longest book after "The Stand" I believe. I was 18 the first time I read this book and I've had fond memories of loving it. Since it's been so long since I read it, I kind of felt like I was just a step behind the plot, remembering things as they happened. I've been reading King in chronological order and this came at an appropriate time for me as now I can watch the recent movie.

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 85% and a 64% "definite recommend." On June 2, 2016, Jaeden Lieberher was confirmed to be portraying lead protagonist, Bill Denbrough. On June 2, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Bill Skarsgård was in final negotiations to star as Pennywise, whose cast will also include Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. On June 2, 2016, there was a call for 100 background performers, with the background actor call going from 3 p.m. more than 300 people had gone through; the casting call also asked for a marching band and period cars between 1970 and 1989.

The film, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie ever, was the novel’s second trip to the screen, following a 1990 television miniseries. And now Muschietti is continuing the story with the highly anticipated IT Chapter 2, which arrives in theaters today. Based on Stephen King’s iconic 1986 novel, the first movie only covered the book scenes from when the Losers Club were kids in the 1950s. The IT miniseries takes a less gory approach to Eddie's death, however.

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Who is Pennywise's girlfriend?

Not only could Gregson bring the convincing warmth, but she turned on the menace as Bev figures out Mrs. Kersh is the daughter of Bob Gray, whose evil clown Pennywise is an incarnation of the shapeshifting creature referred to as "It."

On June 21, 2016, Bloody Disgusting reported that Javier Botet was added to the cast shortly before filming commenced. On June 22, 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that Muschietti had chosen actress Sophia Lillis to portray Beverly Marsh. On June 24, 2016, Moviepilot reported that Stephen Bogaert was added to the cast shortly before filming commenced, with Bogaert portraying Al Marsh, the abusive father of Beverly Marsh. Stephen King’s novel It, first published in 1986, is known for its whopping page count and multigenerational horror saga. In 2017, buzz around It spiked again due to director Andy Muschietti's big-screen adaptation of the novel.