This past year has seen an amazing return to form for horror/thrillers, with a heavy emphasis on the “thriller” aspect. However, if you’ve been in search for a more traditional horror, where the emphasis more on the psyche and general concept, then you can do little better than Stephen King’s IT. At least, that’s what we hope. The book itself is a bona fide classic, and like any adaptation, we can only hope the film manages to live up to expectations.
Of course, the key to any horror film is that its villain is threatening and terrifying when needed, and in the minds of many, there are fewer terrifying things than Pennywise from the book or from the original 1990s miniseries. With this new upcoming film, the big question has always been: will Pennywise look as he should. The problem with that, of course, is that everyone has a different idea of what Pennywise should look like.
Some will never accept any big screen Pennywise. Some will never accept any Pennywise but Tim Curry’s Pennywise. Finally, there’s then a conflict of how Pennywise should look tonally. Should he be friendly at first and then transform when he turns scary? The options are endless, and fans have argued endlessly with each new photo of the new shapeshifting creature. And of course, there is the worry that in showing too much of the creature, you’re giving away the scares.
Speaking with Empire, IT director Andrés Muschietti discussed that very aspect in regards to Pennywise:
“There’s supposed to be a less-is-more thing in horror. It’s like you’re not really meant to show the monster. But Pennywise is different. With Pennywise, it’s like, ‘This is the monster, I’m showing it to you... and you’re going to sh*t a brick.’”
So if you were looking at these photos and thinking they should be saving his look for the movie, then that seem to fly in the face of what Muschietti is going for this time around. Of course, the 1990s miniseries never tried to hide Pennywise either, and there are more encounters with the creature in the book than we can count, so it very much seems to be in keeping with the spirit of the story. The only question that remains is if this interpretation of the character can deliver the scares.
What do you think of this look? Is it working for the various scenes we’ve seen? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Stephen King's It hits theaters on September 8, 2017!
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