There's One Scene In This Movie That Was So Disturbing It Never Made The Final Cut
When I was younger, I read IT, the famous novel by the reasonably famous writer Stephen King. It scared me, because when I read it I was a teenager and the ideas in the book kind of resonated. It freaked me out, and that was before I watched the TV movie version of the book. That starred Tim Curry, and his version of Pennywise The Clown looked like this:
Pretty scary, right? It worked for me. many, many sleepless nights.
Then the new version came out last year, and it was all so much more scary than the TV version. It wasn't scarier than the book, which was so deeply terrifying that I can almost remember scenes and how they were described today, years after reading them.
The new Pennywise, in case you didn't see it, looked like this:
Scarier, but perhaps in an over-the-top way.
Anyway, Bill Skarsgard, the actor who played Pennywise in the new movie, let slip the details of a scene that was cut in a recent interview for a Variety podcast, saying:
'There's a scene that we shot that was a flashback scene from the 1600s. Where Pennywise was before "Pennywise." And we shot it for additional shooting and the scene turned out REALLY, REALLY disturbing. And It's me ... I'm not the clown, I look more like myself. I'm not gonna spoil what the scene is, because we might use it [in the sequel]. But it's a very disturbing scene, sort of a backstory for what IT is or where Pennywise came from. ... The idea is that IT, the entity, was dormant or resting for thousands of thousands of years and it [the scene] hints on [the founding of Derry].'
So we have a Pennywise from the 1600s. I'm almost 100% certain that scene wasn't in the book.
If you haven't seen the new movie yet, see it as soon as you can, it'll scare you silly.
But if you really want to be scared, read the novel, then track down the Tim Curry version. And then good luck with the sleep thing...
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