– by Joseph Jammer Medina

2017 may be the year of half a million superhero films, but there is one other movie that is getting all sorts of attention in its own right. That’s right, we’re talking about Stephen King’s IT. The upcoming horror flick is an adaptation of the novel of the same name. The book itself is an epic tome, and as such, the upcoming film, directed by Mama helmer Andrés Muschietti, will only chronicle the story of the Losers Club as kids. Should this go well, they’ll go on to make the other one.

Luckily, if the response to that first trailer is any indication, there seems to be a whole lot of interest in this film. Sure, some audiences may still have the nostalgia goggles on from that 1990 TV movie starring Tim Curry, but by and large, they seem to be accepting of this new interpretation of Pennywise the Clown. While we’ve seenvery little of Pennywise in action in the trailers, there’s been just enough to cast a fearful net on the audience.

However, if you wanted just a little more from the character, then the French magazine Mad Movies has you covered. The latest issue (via Lija’s Libraryl), shows Pennywise the Clown with blood around his mouth, and an index finger to his lips.

While some may contest that this version of the character is much too scary to truly be Pennywise the Clown, I have to say, I really enjoy the angle they’re going for here. The facial expression is soft, and is undercut by the blood on his lips. What’s more, his overall look, while still a clown, manages to look and feel wholly unique from any other scary clown out there.

The official synopsis for Stephen King’s IT is below:

“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.”

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SOURCE: Lija’s Library (via Dread Central)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.