In book form, one of the most terrifying aspects of the titular creature in Stephen King’s classic tale IT is that it can assume the appearance of anyone or anything it wants to, whether that be someone’s dead little brother or even something like Frankenstein’s Monster. While it remains to be seen whether Andy Muschetti’s upcoming theatrical adaptation of IT will take the opportunity to play around more with the monster’s shape-shifting abilities, it’s safe that default form Pennywise the Clown is basically scary enough by himself.
Lots of people possess a fear of clowns as it is, due to things like their painted-on expressions of over the top glee and exaggerated features. Pennywise takes these fears to new a level, presenting a clown that’s truly a product of nightmares, particularly those of the children IT loves to prey upon after scaring them senseless. Tim Curry immortalized the character on the screen in the 1990 IT miniseries, but it’ll be up to the much younger Bill Skarsgard to make Pennywise his own later this year.
The last few months have seen a fairly steady trickle of new images from Muschetti’s version of IT, with a trailer seeming likely to finally arrive this Wednesday. In the meantime though, USA Today has gotten their hands on a trio of new images from the highly anticipated film, highlighting both Pennywise and his enemies The Losers’ Club. Check them out below.
As evidenced by the above photos, Warner Bros. and director Muschetti seem to still be going out of their way to keep a fully lit view of Pennywise obscured, perhaps to save the shock of his first appearance for the trailer reveal. Regardless, his menacing presence still permeates each image.
The first photo is sure to send chills down the spine of IT fans, featuring Pennywise and his signature blood red balloon. The second still appears to be of a modern take on the scene where the young Losers’ Club see Pennywise come to life inside a photo book, which was described by those who saw the footage shown at SXSW. Finally, image three focuses on Pennywise’s hand, as he slowly closes in on a terrified Losers’ Club. In just a few more days, fans will finally get to see him in motion, and start to get a better idea of what horrors await them this fall.
Source: USA Today