IT: Pennywise the Monster Clown Origin Explained

Beverly Attacked by IT


As an ancient supernatural evil, IT has a plethora of superpowers. First and foremost, IT is a shapeshifter that takes the form of whatever its victim fears the most. Pennywise the Clown, offering children balloons like it did to little Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) at the start of the film, is IT's preferred default physical form. But as we saw in the film, IT takes other shapes such as a homeless leper chasing Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and the woman in the painting that Stan (Wyatt Oleff) is terrified of. In the novel, IT takes on even more shapes, like the aforementioned giant spider and several famous monsters the producers of IT don't have the cinematic rights to, including Dracula, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Monster, the shark from Jaws, and Rodan.

IT can also cast illusions like manifesting the fire that killed Mike's (Chosen Jacobs) parents, project itself into photograph like the slideshow of Billy's family the Losers watched in Billy's garage, and it can appear and disappear at will, showing up in places such as in the woods, watching when Mike is being attacked by Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) and his gang of thugs. IT can control and influence what people see, which is why Alvin Marsh (Stephen Bogaert), the abusive father of Bevery (Sophia Lillis), couldn't see that their entire bathroom was covered in blood after IT attacked Beverly with a bloodbath from their sink.

When the Losers ventured into the well inside the haunted house at 29 Neibolt Street and found Pennywise's lair in the sewers, they saw the corpses of all of IT's child victims floating above - one example of the telekinesis it possesses. Despite all of IT's powers, however, it proved vulnerable to physical attack once the Losers were able to overcome their fear of IT. IT is able to regenerate itself, as it did when Beverly speared It through its head, but after the amount of physical damage it took from the combined Losers, It had to retreat to the bowels beneath Derry to go back to slumber and regenerate, presumably for 27 years until It encounters the adult Losers again in 2019's IT: Chapter 2.

One of IT's most underrated malevolent powers is its ability to simply make people forget the horrors it reaps upon the people of Derry. Luckily - and unfortunately for the Losers in the movie - they will never forget the summer of 1989 they spent fighting IT instead of enjoying the awesome summer movies in their local theater like Tim Burton's Batman. But we know, especially from the sinister laugh in the end-credits scene and the promise of IT: Chapter 2, that IT is most certain to return.


Key Release Dates
  • IT (2017) release date: Sep 08, 2017
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