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Some lines of dialogue were improvised by the actors. Much of the Richie / Eddie banter was improv. Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) actually wrote a lot of Finn Wolfhard's (Richie) jokes.
Around the time of the theatrical release of this film, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, there was a prank that involved a series of red balloons tied to sewer grates throughout the town mimicking one of the book covers of the "It" novel. The prank had frightened the citizens, including the Lititz police force.
Bill Skarsgård did research into the "psycho universe" to find his own way to perform Pennywise. He got inspiration from The Shining (1980), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie) is the youngest in the movie and stated that he wasn't as scared of Pennywise as he thought he would. He said he actually had a fun time doing his scenes, and that Bill Skarsgård was always joking around.
Grossed the largest box office record for any Horror film with $117.1 million dollar opening weekend
Shipped to cinemas under the code name "POUND FOOLISH" a literal opposite to Pennywise.
Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) was the first one out of all the kids to work with Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise). During their scene, Grazer would cry and gag while Skarsgård was right in his face yelling and drooling. Skarsgård was genuinely concerned for Grazer and asked him if he was okay. Grazer looked right at him and said "Love what you're doing with the character!"
Pennywise's costume in the film is much more faithful to the description in the novel, in comparison to the Tim Curry costume in the 1990 TV Mini-Series, including his orange hair, and the orange pom poms going down his silver suit. The miniseries only included the orange pom poms.
The outside wall of the butcher shop has a large mural on the side of it commemorating the shootout and murder of the Bradley Gang in 1929. This is taken directly from the book and is mentioned by Ben in his recollection of the past violence that has happened in Derry. In the book, the townspeople of Derry ambush a gang of bank robbers coming to purchase ammo in their town and massacre them in a blaze of crossfire.
When the film was released in Germany and on the heels of the bizarre controversy in Russia concerning the Ronald McDonald/Pennywise complaint, Burger King Deutschland took it upon themselves to tease their rival, McDonalds, by giving an impromptu message at the end of the film that reads, "The moral is: Never trust a clown" which is accompanied by the Burger King logo. The audience were left bewildered and amused. It was joked that the film became the longest Burger King ad ever.
27 is a number which is often associated with this story. This film was released 27 years after the original 1990 television mini-series. In the book, it is mentioned that "It" returns to Derry approximately every 27 years. Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, died at 27 years old. This movie was released one month after Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) 27th birthday. The official US release date is 9/8/2017. 9+8+2+0+1+7 = 27. The second film will be released on 9/6/2019. 9+6+2+0+1+9=27.
The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King. They also worked with Alexander Skarsgård, brother of Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), on their debut feature film Hidden (2015).
The cast of the "Losers Club" were asked whom they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt and Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale.
Due to the film's huge success, Warner Bros. distribution head Jeffrey L. Goldstein confirmed plans to put the film in even more theaters around Halloween 2017.
Director Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified.
Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andy Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his portrayal of Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It (1990).
Bill Skarsgård actually was able to smile in such a weird way that it really intrigued the director and now it is Pennywise's iconic smile.
When Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is in the library, he looks out the window and sees 4 of the Losers ride by on their bikes. You can hear Bill scream "Hiyo Silver, AWAY!", which is a nod to the original novel.
The teeth prosthetics that Bill Skarsgård wore as Pennywise made him drool profusely. Director Andy Muschietti liked this as that the drooling adds onto the ravenous nature of Pennywise.
Bill Skarsgård had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during and after production.
About six months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job."
The aerial shot of the town is actually Walton St. in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
In the scene of Ben in the library, one of the photos in the Derry history book is in fact a Civil War photo of dead soldiers at Gettysburg. They photo-shopped the Easter eggs around the corpses.
Throughout the film many movie posters are seen in the background, either at the theatre or in Bill's room. These include Beetlejuice (1988), Gremlins (1984), Batman (1989), Lethal Weapon (1987) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). All of these films are either owned by Warner Brothers or New Line Cinema, the two distributors behind the film.
Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that Bill Skarsgård spoke in Swedish sometimes while in character as Pennywise.
Sophia Lillis says that she had to stand on a box in some scenes as, at only five feet tall, she is the shortest of the cast.
Bill Skarsgård wanted to make sure that his performance as Pennywise was convincing for audiences. He states, "In order for this movie to be as effective as the book and the series, I have to scare a whole generation. My take was that Pennywise functions very simply. Nothing much is going on in terms of what he's thinking - he's animalistic and instinctive".
When Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is in the "clown room," there is a mannequin dressed as the 1990 mini-series version of Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry, sitting on the floor (left side of the screen).
A few weeks after the release of this film, in Moscow, Burger King Russia had filed a complaint against their long time rival, McDonalds, in wanting the film to be banned, citing that their mascot, Ronald McDonald, supposedly looks similar to Pennywise.
According to Andy Muschietti and Bill Skarsgård, there are several scenes of additional footage that were shot but didn't make it into the theatrical cut. For the home video releases, a Director's Cut will be released with the additional footage.
A popular fan idea is to have the child actors from the original miniseries return to play the adult roles. However, Bill would have to be recast due to the death of Jonathan Brandis. Marlon Taylor and Jarred Blancard, who played the roles of Mike and Henry, have both said that if they were offered the chance to reprise their roles, they would accept.
The refrigerator scene was filmed involving Bill Skarsgård partially contorting his body and CGI. Attached to wires, Skarsgård was filmed lying at the bottom of the refrigerator on his back to which the wires would pull him out of the refrigerator and rotate his body as he steps out. Portions of his body were digitally built in order for limbs and body parts to be maneuvered in various ways. The unfolding was hand-animated. Skarsgård's head ultimately remained intact in the shot. VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois states, "I actually suggested to my animation supervisor Yvon Jardel that he animate in reverse". He mentions further, "So Pennywise would step back into the fridge so that he can push himself inside. It gave a better choreography to enter and fold onto itself than to try and do it the other way". Brisebois says that he knew this was going to become an iconic horror shot.
During an interview while promoting the film, Bill Skarsgård spoke about a humorous incident while filming a scene where Pennywise was terrorizing Eddie. Skarsgård noticed how his performance was upsetting Jack Dylan Grazer and, when the scene ended, asked if he was okay. Grazer immediately broke character and began complimenting Skarsgård and his performance. Skarsgård was left confused and impressed at Grazer's attitude, calling the child actors "little professionals".
The film's first teaser trailer generated 197 million views globally within 24 hours of its release, breaking the record that was set by The Fate of the Furious (2017) at 139 million views.
Bill Skarsgård has described Pennywise as being "Such an extreme character. Inhumane." He added, "It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings that It creates. It truly enjoys taking the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt." Skarsgård elaborated on his connection to the children, saying, "There's a childishness to the character, because he's so closely linked to the kids. The clown is a manifestation of the children's imaginations, so there's something child-like about that."
Bill Skarsgård had auditioned in Hollywood for the role of Pennywise. This required him to wear clown makeup to the audition. He proclaims, "There was something kind of humiliated and absurd about the whole thing. I'm an actor auditioning in Hollywood, and I'm driving with clownface on. It's kind of a metaphor for what the profession of acting feels like".
Hugo Weaving and Bill Skarsgård were the two finalists for the role of Pennywise after Will Poulter left the project. Skarsgård eventually got the role, reportedly due to his ability to play a more fun and child-like Pennywise, in addition to a creepy Pennywise, while Weaving reportedly fell short in playfulness and could only play creepy.
While on his way to the audition and wearing clown makeup, Bill Skarsgård, at the suggestion of director Andy Muschietti, tried out different types of maniacal laughs. He ended up getting perplexed stares from creeped out pedestrians. He says, "Andy [Muschietti] had also asked to explore clown laughter, so I'm sitting in the car and I feel ridiculous, but I thought I might as well absorb it and use it. So I just started to laugh like crazy in the car, as I'm just bearing down on pedestrians".
Though CGI was used in some scenes, Bill Skarsgård was actually able to move his eyes in different directions in some scenes at the behest of Andy Muschietti. At first, it was uncertain if he was able to achieve this effect on his own, yet Skarsgård assures, "I can do that." The purpose of this was to add to an already unsettling and disturbing look to Pennywise.
There were rumors at one point that Bill Skarsgård would not be returning to play Pennywise in the second film due to concerns that the role was negatively affecting his mental health. However, a week before the film was released, Skarsgård confirmed that he was officially attached to the sequel and had already began meeting with director Andy Muschietti to discuss ideas for the character and the film.
The movie had been in development for seven years before filming actually began.
This film is often mistaken as a remake due to being released 27 years after the It (1990) miniseries. The film is in fact a re-adaptation of the same story. This is actually the first official theatrical adaptation of the "It" novel.
Producer Barbara Muschietti has confirmed that Jessica Chastain is being considered for the role of adult Beverly. Actress Sophia Lillis has also revealed that Chastain is her first choice for the role.
Bill Skarsgård trained with a contortionist for his role in the movie.
Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) was born in 1990, the same year that the original It (1990) was released.
Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård isolated from the rest of the cast/crew during the beginning of filming, the exception being a three person costume/makeup team. This was to make sure Skarsgård's performance was shocking to the other actors, as well as to avoid leaked photos. Although Skarsgård thought this was a good strategy, he admitted that he felt very lonely during this time, and was sad that he couldn't bond with the rest of the people involved, something he says is one of his favorite parts of making a movie. These feelings were intensified when he heard about how much fun everyone else was having without him and how they all called it one of the best projects they'd ever worked on.
Warner Bros. had started an Oscar campaign in November of 2017, a few months after the release and subsequent success of the film. The categories include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Sophia Lillis, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Original Score. Concerning the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, it's speculated if any of the seven main actors, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, and Bill Skarsgård would be campaigned for those categories.
While Bill Skarsgård declared himself a huge fan of Tim Curry in general and Curry's specific performance as Pennywise in the It (1990) miniseries, he also said that he did not try to incorporate any of Curry's work into his own portrayal of Pennywise because he felt that he could not "do Tim Curry anywhere near as well as Curry himself did". Also, he did not want his performance to echo Curry's performance and become a distraction.
John Oliver was such a fan of the novel that he was cast as an extra in this film. Oliver can be seen in the town's diner.
In Stephen King's novel, the Losers Club must face Pennywise first as children, then decades later as adults. This film only tells of their encounter with it as children. The sequel, which tells the story of the Losers Club as adults, is set to be released September 6, 2019.
When Stanley is closing the book after struggling with his Bar-Mitzvah speech, the title is seen upside down. This could be a simple mistake, a hint that he is too troubled to practice, or he isn't interested in religion much to the implied disappointment of his father. The book is the Pentateuch (The Torah).
After just eight days in release, it became the highest-grossing September release of all time and the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.
In the novel, Ben Hanscom invented, "Beep beep, Richie", whenever they need him to shut up. This is not used by the Losers Club in the movie as they only tell him to shut up. "Beep beep, Richie" is used by Pennywise in the movie, as a way to taunt Richie.
In order to prepare for his role as Henry Bowers, Nicholas Hamilton studied the performance of Jarred Blancard's performance of the character in It (1990).
The eerie scene of Pennywise dancing spawned a series of hilarious viral memes of him dancing to any song, regardless of the variety of music genres.
During early stages of production, Chloë Grace Moretz was strongly considered for the role of Beverly. However, due to the time the project spent in development hell, casting did not begin until Moretz was 19. She was deemed too old for the role, and Sophia Lillis was cast instead. Coincidentally, Moretz starred in Carrie (2013), another Stephen King adaption.
Sophia Lillis is not scared by horror movies and actually laughed the first time she saw Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
Bill Skarsgård was the fourth actor offered the role of Pennywise. Tim Curry was offered the chance to reprise the role during early development, but turned it down. Ben Mendelsohn was also offered the role, and was interested, but turned it down when he could not agree with the studio on his salary. Will Poulter was then offered the role and accepted, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out after production delays pushed filming back a year. Skarsgård was then given the role.
The year 2017 became the year the horror genre, for the first time ever, had reached $1 billion in ticket sales at the U.S. box office. Such films that made this milestone possible included this film, Get Out (2017), Split (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Jigsaw (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Happy Death Day (2017).
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This marks the second time that a character played by Finn Wolfhard stands on the edge of a quarry and is about to jump down. The first time was in Stranger Things (2016), where his character was threatened by school-bullies to jump down.
Bill Skarsgård celebrated his 26th birthday shortly before he began filming his scenes. To celebrate, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture of himself wearing a Pennywise mask, giving Skarsgård the finger, on his Instagram account.
The movie posters in the background mark the passage of time throughout the summer of 1989. June (Batman (1989)), July (Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)), and August (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)).
Finn Wolfhard was the only member of Cary Joji Fukunaga's cast for the movie who ended up staying on the project when Andy Muschietti took over as director.
Both Wyatt Oleff and Jack Dylan Grazer originally auditioned for the role of Bill Denbrough. Yet, they ended up getting the roles of Stanley Uris and Eddie Kaspbrak, respectively. And Jaeden Lieberher originally auditioned for the role of Eddie Kaspbrak, yet ended up getting the role of Bill Denbrough.
Opening at 4,103 theaters in the United States, this film is the widest opening R-rated release in cinema history, surpassing previous record holder Logan (2017), which opened at 4,071 theaters.
When screenwriter David Kajganich was attached the project in the early stages, he proclaims that Warner Bros. wanted the film to be rated R in order to stay true to the resource material. He states, "The R rating means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these characters endure." Though Kajganich would eventually leave the project, the sentiments made by him concerning the R rating remained and has ultimately benefitted the film.
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The final fight scene was very complicated to shoot. According to VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois, the occurrences that happen in the scene had to be planned out. He states, "Basically what they did was bring in all the stunt performers into a gym, and they learned the choreography and they motion-captured this. We built really quick CG assets for all of the characters, including Pennywise, and we planned out all of his transformations and action".
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Pennywise has only four minutes of dialogue in the entire film.
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The opening scene with Georgie takes place in October of 1988. Donnie Darko (2001) also takes place in October of 1988. In an early scene in Donnie Darko (2001), Donnie's mother is seen reading the novel "It".
Two days before the movie started filming, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture on his Instagram account of his office filled with balloons, a way of letting fans know that pre-production had ended for the film.
To coincide with the film, Warner Bros. had released a virtual reality tie-in game called "It: Escape from Pennywise". It takes the player to the Neibolt house where they have to choose any of the three doors presented to the player to force the player to face their fears. The game is available on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream.
Despite playing the villain, the cast and crew have said that Bill Skarsgård was extremely polite and friendly between takes and made an effort to ensure his performance didn't upset the child actors.
Bev is compared to Molly Ringwald who starred in Pretty in Pink (1986). On her bedroom wall is a poster of the band Psychedelic Furs, who sang the title track, Pretty in Pink.
Contrary to the novel, in which the children's journey with Pennywise begins in 1958, the movie will begin to follow the Losers Club from around 1989 (four years after the final encounter between the club and Pennywise in the novel) and supposedly with the second clash in the mid-2010s.
Actor Finn Wolfhard admits to having a fear of clowns despite starring in this movie. Richie is the only character in the movie to explicitly state a fear of clowns.
Oldeuboi (2003) director Chan-wook Park visited the giant sewer set, since his regular cinematographer, Chung-hoon Chung, was Director of Photography on It (2017).
The trailer for this film enraged real-life professional clowns, who stated that the Pennywise character will encourage people to think of clowns as scary and murderous (though the filmmakers and actors have said, clearly, that Pennywise is not a clown at all, but a representation of "It"'s pure evil, who takes on the form out of a mix of sadism and childishness). Rallies to defend the good name in general of clowns in the U.S. were planned following the month It (2017) was released in theaters.
Belch Huggins (Jake Sim) wears a shirt featuring the band Anthrax, with the phrase "Follow me or die" on the back. This is a lyric from Anthrax's song "Among the Living", which the band wrote about another Stephen King book, "The Stand".
Despite Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss) Jake Sim (Belch Huggins) and Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter) having to constantly bully their co stars on set, off set they all became the very best of friends.
Composer Benjamin Wallfisch had incorporated children singing the nursery rhyme, "Oranges and Lemons" into the score. Director Andy Muschietti came up with the idea of using the old English nursery rhyme. Wallfisch explains, "[Muschietti's] approach, I think, was to try and find a sound for Pennywise that is somehow the sound of him thinking, the sound of him contemplating the idea of attack - or actually attacking." He further explains, "What was fascinating about using something as seemingly innocent and innocuous as a children's play song is that incredible dichotomy between what's on the surface and what is under the surface." The "Oranges and Lemons" rhyme would usually play when Pennywise is luring his victims.
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Marlon Taylor, Jarred Blancard, and Brandon Crane, who played the respective roles of Mike, Henry, and Ben in It (1990), all reached out to the new actors for this film (Chosen Jacobs for Taylor, Nicholas Hamilton for Blancard and Jeremy Ray Taylor for Crane) and spoke to them. They all went on to say they were very pleased with the casting and are excited to see the film.
In an extended scene where Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) goes to refill his prescription, the film's director, Andy Muschietti, can be seen in the background for a brief cameo.
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When Ben is flipping through the "Old History of Derry" book in the library, he briefly pauses on a picture of the 1908 easter festivities (pre-explosion). In that picture, you can see a caravan cart that says "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" on it, with the image of a clown face (but not the evil Pennywise). We later see this cart when Beverly wakes up in the sewer lair. This 1908 cart could be the inspiration of It's form as Pennywise.
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The woman in the painting, Judith the Flute Lady, who's portrayed by Tatum Lee, was originally supposed to have some minor visual effects augmentations. Her eyes were digitally altered and warped apart to give off an unnatural, unnerving look. However, Rodeo FX went on to add more digital elements onto the character to the point where most of the physical performance was almost entirely replaced.
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When he's in Georgie's room, Bill picks up a Lego turtle. This could be a reference to not only the turtle in the "It" novel, but also the turtle Maturin, featured in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.
Bill Skarsgård went on to star in another Stephen King adaptation called Castle Rock (2018) which is an original Hulu TV series. Chosen Jacobs, Skarsgard's co-star, would also later join the show.
Coincidentally, the two actors who portrayed Pennywise, Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgård, each have green eyes. Though Skarsgård's natural green eyes are never shown in this film, in the It (1990) miniseries, there are some scenes where you can see Curry's natural green eyes. Most notably in the iconic scene where he's luring Georgie.
Bangor, Maine is the only US location used in the film (which is set in the fictional town of Derry). All other location shooting was done in Canada.
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This movie released in the same week as American Horror Story: Cult aired. This season focuses on a cult of clowns or cult honoring Twisty the Clown a serial killer from Freakshow.
The town of Derry, Maine was set in Port Hope, Canada which, as of April 2017, was the location of Turtle John's restaurant. The Turtle features heavily within the novel "It" and "The Dark Tower" series, also written by Stephen King. Across the way from Turtle John's is Beamish House and twelve beams link and hold together The Dark Tower and the Stephen King universe.
Cary Joji Fukunaga was set to direct, but dropped out after years of pre-production due to a difference in artistic vision and, in consequence, what the intended MPAA rating was intended to be. The studio wanted to aim at a more commercially viable film, while Fukunaga wanted something closer to The Shining (1980) in tone and style. Andy Muschietti took over as director and filming began in the summer of 2016.
Filming began on June 27, 2016, and officially wrapped on September 20, 2016, one day before author Stephen King turned 69 years old.
Beverly's haircut and look is modelled after the 1980's style of Molly Ringwald, who Richie makes reference to while insulting Beverly.
Chosen Jacobs recorded a song related to the film, that's not on the film's soundtrack, called, "Losers".
Director Andy Muschietti went on to helm the Hulu TV series adaptation of Locke and Key, which is based off of the novel by author Joe Hill, who is the son of renowned author and writer of the "It" novel, Stephen King. Besides Muschetti, three actors from this film has joined the show's production which include Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter), and Megan Charpentier (Gretta).
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In the dress rehearsal, the look of The Losers Club was slightly different(e.g. Beverly had slightly longer and straight hair, Eddie wore a hat, most of the kids' clothing was more explorer-type). The filmmakers ultimately decided to go with a simply average look for the group.
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Director Andy Muschietti shared pictures of every day of the filming of this movie on his Instagram account.
Both actors cast as Pennywise were significantly younger and taller than Tim Curry was when he played the role in It (1990). Curry was 44 and 5'9, Will Poulter was 22 and 6'2 when he was cast, and Bill Skarsgård was 25 and 6'4.
Costume designer Janie Bryant had based the costume design for Pennywise's suit off of various eras throughout history that includes Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian. The costume emphasizes Pennywise's immortality.
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The scenes at the Bowers house are actually the first scenes filmed and one of the very last scenes filmed was the opening scene.
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When the Losers Club are at the 4th of July festival, a clown can be seen performing on a nearby stage. The clown's suit greatly resembles serial killer John Wayne Gacy's clown suit.
A number of clowns have been spotted in various American states including Florida, New York, Wisconsin and Kentucky, and subsequently in other Western countries, from August 2016. By October 2016, in the wake of hundreds of "clown sightings" across the United States and Canada, the phenomenon had spread from North America to Europe, Australasia and Latin America.
In the scene where the boys watch Beverly sunbathe, the 1989 hit, "Bust a Move" by Marvin Young or better known as Young M.C. is playing on the radio. The song is advice to a young man about how to approach a female while keeping your cool... which, since first meeting Beverly, is what Ben had trouble doing.
It (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked It as the 15th Greatest Villain of All Time.
After Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out, Andy Muschietti pitched a movie that would use most of the Fukunaga/Palmer script, but with more famous scenes from the book added. While Muschietti did most of the rewrite himself, the final version was touched up a little by Gary Dauberman to get the movie back on the original budget.
The song during the "Rock Fight" is Anthrax's version of "Antisocial", a song originally recorded by French band, The Trust.
Some filming took place in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. This was also a filming location for another Stephen King film, the miniseries Storm of the Century (1999).
As the losers club approaches Pennywise's front porch to fight him, the yard's open iron front gate can be seen from the back. It holds the number "29", which mirrored resemble the letters "e" and "s" - "es" is the german word for "it".
Director Andy Muschietti shared on his Instagram account a sketch of an early design of Pennywise he made in 2015. The sketch shows Pennywise with slightly less hair and sans his now-iconic red makeup facial lines that start from the corners of his mouth and end over his eyebrows.
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The film has the biggest opening weekend in the supernatural horror genre, grossing $117,200,000, breaking the previous record set by Paranormal Activity 3 (2011). It made double in its opening weekend revenue.
This film marks the second time a European actor portraying Pennywise. Tim Curry, who is British, portrayed the character in the 90s miniseries and Bill Skarsgård, who is Swedish, portrayed the character in this film.
In an interview, Bill Skarsgård stated that it took 5 hours to apply the clown makeup. However, they were able to shorten it down to 2 hours once the makeup artists had done it a couple of times.
In the first few weeks of filming, Wyatt Oleff purchased the novel to get more into his character of Stan Uris.
The film starts in 1988 and ends about a year later in 1989. The film references A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) which came out in 1989. Its predecessor, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), came out in 1988.
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Film critic and Variety correspondent Owen Gleiberman cites that the film's success is due to being "the world's most deluxe Freddy Krueger film", in describing the film as "A Nightmare on Elm Street 8 with Stephen King benefits". The critic expresses that Pennywise uses theatrics and twisted mischief while he terrorizes his victims similar to Freddy Krueger.
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This is the second film released in 2017 that's based on the literary works of Stephen King. The first film is The Dark Tower (2017) and the third film is Netflix's Gerald's Game (2017).
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The name Pennywise is said four times in the film.
Pennywise's house in the new adaptation of "It" was set up and filmed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
For Pennywise's constant climactic fight transformations, visual effects company Rodeo FX augmented Bill Skarsgård's performance with 3D creature pieces. "In the end, you could have the shape of both characters, but both of them could have the textures of one or the other. With some simulated effects, we'd be able to balance all of that out and really time it to what Andy was looking for," explains VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois.
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Before and when the film was released, most people who weren't familiar with Bill Skarsgård or his previous acting work were genuinely surprised when they saw what the actor really looks like without wearing the Pennywise makeup. This actually brought more public interest and newfound popularity for the actor.
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The Losers Club shirts pay homage to various Stephen King stories, including "The Shining", "Carrie", "Christine", and "Pet Semetary".
Bill Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, appeared with the original actor of Pennywise, Tim Curry, in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Ty Simpkins was slated to play Will Denbrough while Cary Joji Fukunaga was still directing. He was replaced by Jaeden Lieberher when Andy Muschietti took over and the character name was changed back to the original Bill Denbrough.
Cary Joji Fukunaga's script changed the names of several main characters: Bill Denbrough to Willy Denbrough, Henry Bowers to Travis Bowers, 'Belch' Huggins to 'Snatch' Huggins, Patrick Hockstetter to Patrick Hockstettler, Will Hanlon to Leroy Hanlon and Greta Bowie to Gretta Bowie. Though most have been changed back by Andy Muschietti, the changes to 'Leroy' and 'Gretta' remain.
Unlike the 1990 miniseries, this adaption in the preceding scene before the climax shows the Bob Gray, Pennywise dance which earned the performer's clown name of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Director Andy Muschietti wore a pin of a paper boat on his suit jacket at the films premiere.
Due to the town being called "Derry", a name similar to the city in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, the country had its own premiere of the film there. Before the movie began, there was special video from the child actors greeting the Derry audience.
Tilda Swinton and Richard Armitage were in the running to play Pennywise.
The third largest debut of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), premiering higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
The film became the most profitable horror film of 2017, beating out Annabelle: Creation (2017) and another surprise horror hit, Get Out (2017).
The number 27 has multiple connections to the film. Coincidentally, when all the numbers added together in the total opening weekend gross in the U.S which is 123,403,419 it adds up to the number 27. ( 1+2+3+4+0+3+4+1+9 = 27 )
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The movie takes place in 1989, the same year the miniseries was filmed.
Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) and director Andy Muschietti all celebrated birthdays onset.
Mike Flanagan was desperate to get into talks with the studio for the directing position when Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out.
Film debut of Jackson Robert Scott. His only acting credit before this film was on TV, a one episode character on Criminal Minds (2015).
The novel, "It" was originally published in September 1986. The film, It (2017) was released in September 2017. September is also the birth month of Stephen King, the author of the novel.
To coincide with the 1989 primary setting, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is featured on the movie marquee. Director Andy Muschietti also revealed in an interview that a Freddy Krueger form was considered as a fear for one of the Losers Club members and one Pennywise would assume. However, it was ultimately scrapped out of not feeling right and wanting stick to the trauma and childhood fears without straying too meta.
The second highest R Rated opening behind Deadpool (2016), and grossing higher than The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and American Sniper (2014).
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is one of the main films referenced in this film. Before the script for Nightmare 5 was written and shot, Stephen King, who wrote the "It" novel on which this film and the 90s miniseries was based was approached by New Line to write the screenplay but declined. The task was then offered to Frank Miller who also declined.
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Stephen King based parts of the fictional town of Derry on real locations in Maine. The Derry standpipe, which plays an important part in the novel, is based on the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor. While not being an integral part of the movie, the postcard Ben writes to Beverly features the actual Thomas Hill Standpipe. There is also a shot in the movie of Bill in front of the real Thomas Hill Standpipe.
Due to the massive success of the film, Andy Muschietti was so confident that a sequel would happen that he began meeting with Bill Skarsgård and Gary Dauberman to discuss production on Chapter 2 before it had even been officially greenlit by the studio.
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The film stayed at the top ten DVD/Bluray sales for two months.
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In the aerial view of Derry town center (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada), the red brick building on the left, that is revealed behind trees, has a CG replacement of its central area by a weathered "DERRY" signage of some sort. In real life there is no "DERRY" signage, but a blank red brick area with four windows which are not seen on the movie building.
Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh are shown bonding over a shared passion for New Kids on the Block. One of the band members, Donnie Wahlberg, starred in Dreamcatcher (2003), another Stephen King adaptation set in Derry, Maine.
Richie plays the Street Fighter arcade. In 2017, the same year that the movie was released, Street Fighter celebrates its 30th anniversary.
It's total opening weekend comprised of $179,000,000 with the additional $62,000,00 earned overseas against a budget of $35,000,000.
After the "Rock Fight", when The Losers are walking, a train can be seen in the background. One of the freight cars has a logo of Canadian Tire, a Canadian hardware store. The film was shot in Ontario, Canada.
When Beverly is sitting in the school's bathroom, being bullied by other students, "Hate Clown" is shown to be written on the bathroom stall, in black. Beverly is holding a black marker, suggesting she might've written it. If you look at production stills closely, you can see that what Beverly wrote was 'Gretta Keene is a bitch' twice. Enforcing the idea that she has been continuously tormented and taunted by Gretta and her friends for a long duration.
The largest September opening weekend ever, eclipsing the previous holder, Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).
The song, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" by New Kids on the Block, which is referenced twice in the movie, was released as a single in the US in November 1988. The movie starts in October 1988 and then jumps to the summer of 1989.
Stephen R. Hart auditioned to play Pennywise.
Wyatt Oleff and Jeremy Ray Taylor worked together previously on The History of Us (2015).
The cinema marquee shows that Batman (1989) is playing. That film starred Jack Nicholson, who appeared in The Shining (1980). One of the posters is for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). The previous film in that series, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), was co-written by Frank Darabont, who went on to direct The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999).

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Bill Skarsgård, there was an unnerving deleted scene that involves Pennywise terrorizing a young mother in the 17th century. He states, "There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself." He goes on to say, "It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from." Timothy Simons, who auditioned for the role of Pennywise, confirmed this a few weeks after Skarsgård's revelation in an interview on a podcast called Throwing Shade. Simons states that he read in the script that the scene requires the character to threaten to kill a young woman and her entire family if she doesn't hand over her baby for feasting. He says, "It was [Pennywise] way back at the beginning of Derry, convincing a woman to give him her baby to eat. It was scary. The thing that was scariest about it was that it was very direct. It was, 'If you don't do this, these are the things that I'm going to do'. And they were all terrible'." Interestingly, one of the podcast's hosts, Bryan Safi, had also auditioned for the role of Pennywise and has stated that he still has a copy of the script in which a similar scene is present. The scene is one of the several scenes shot, yet ultimately not used in the film. It remains to be seen if the scene will show up on home video releases, the Director's Cut, or in the sequel.
Finn Wolfhard (Richie) came up with the idea at the end where Eddie gets thrown up on by the leper.
There's a gag alternate opening that involves Georgie and Pennywise in a hilarious "What If" scenario. The scene plays out as normal until Georgie actually takes the paper boat from Pennywise without incident and says, "See you later," to him as he runs off. This leaves Pennywise disappointed and frustrated, leading him to utter an obscenity.
A deleted scene on the Blu-ray reveals that Henry Bowers killed the remaining members of his gang after murdering his father, explaining why they are not present when he confronts the Losers Club in the climax. In the novel, It murders his entire gang.
During the alley scene where The Losers are conversing and tending to Ben's wounds, behind them is another mural of the infamous Bradley Gang Shootout, which is frequently referenced in the novel. Upon closer inspection, it reveals Pennywise hiding in plain sight. To the right of Stan's shoulder, Pennywise is shown to be watching the group and grinning. This implies that Pennywise has always been stalking the group even when they are completely unaware of it.
Though he's been defeated twice by The Losers Club in the novel and his fate left ambiguous, it's heavily implied that Pennywise had somehow survived his final encounter with The Losers judging by his appearances and references that came afterwards in other King novels. Though he has sworn he would never write about Pennywise again, Stephen King has teased It in some of his other literary works such as "The Tommyknockers", "The Hearts in Atlantis", "Insomnia", "Dreamcatcher", and "The Dark Tower" series. This also indicates that the story of "It" takes place in a shared universe.
In the scene where Pennywise lures Georgie from the sewer grate his eyes change colour from blue to yellow. This is a characteristic lifted from the novel.
Besides the opening scene in the sewer drain with Georgie and the scene towards the climax in which Bill shoots him in the forehead while in the sewer with the rest of the Losers, Pennywise does not blink.
While filming the scene where the bullies are harassing Ben on the Kissing Bridge, Nicholas Hamilton actually punched Jeremy Ray Taylor in the face during a take.
The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may still be alive. However, author Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, stating that the character is too scary, even for him.
In the scene where Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is reading about the Easter explosion in the library, an old woman can be seen in the background turning toward him and staring while smiling widely. This could potentially be It, watching Ben's fear as he sees the little boy's decapitated head in the book.
Though director Andy Muschietti loved her audition, Sophia Lillis almost didn't get the role of Beverly Marsh. She was told by producers that she "wasn't girly enough", due to her pixie haircut and short stature. She flew to Toronto, Canada and auditioned again, this time wearing hair extensions and a dress. She got the role on the condition that she kept the hair extensions. However, when filming began, Muschietti had her cut off the extensions in her first bathroom scene.
Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that many of "It's" forms, such as the werewolf and mummy, will be cut and replaced with new forms. He said that this is to make the terrors surprising, even for those who have read the book.
In light of the film referencing A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), and almost originally featuring Freddy Krueger as one of the forms that It takes on, audiences and critics have noticed a strong correlation between the two horror properties. It's noted that both It (2017) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as their other variations, share striking similarities in terms of concept, plot, and the main villain. These similarities involve a demonic child murderer with the ability to evoke fear through supernatural and psychological means, to manipulate or possess people, warp reality, shapeshifts in accordance to one's fears as well as the guises of lost loved ones, has superhuman strength, and mainly preys upon children and teenagers. Furthermore, in both cases, the eldritch antagonist exhibits an unpredictable and sadistic type of personality, and enjoys engaging in sick and twisted humor. It's also noted that both horror properties share the theme of fear.
There was an alternate version of the confrontation scene between The Losers and Pennywise towards the ending. According to Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), the scene involves Bill climbing up the tower of Pennywise's victims' belongings and almost dying after a confrontation with Pennywise. He states, "I did have this scene where I climb up a tower at the end. When I'm chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I'm at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I'm not afraid of him, that none of the Losers are afraid of him, and that's how we beat him. But they took those lines and put [them] toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgård is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene." He says that this is one of his favorite scenes.
In a deleted scene involving Bill and his parents interacting after dinner, Bill brings up Georgie and the upcoming family vacation. His mother leaves the kitchen upset, and his father tells him that Georgie was looking forward to the trip. It's noted that this scene and the alternate ending added some dynamic to the Denbrough Family that was missing from the film. The film suggested that Bill, like his friends, had been neglected and/or mistreated by his family in some way. Jaeden Lieberher has mentioned that Bill became invisible to his parents after Georgie's disappearance.
When Andy Muschietti initially signed on to direct, the studio had wanted him to use exactly the same script that Cary Joji Fukunaga had planned on using, with the only edits being the omission of the more controversial scenes that would've earned the film an NC-17 rating (such as Henry Bowers having sex with a sheep and ejaculating on a birthday cake, or Beverly's father attempting to rape her). Muschietti loved the structure and human drama of Fukunaga's version, but requested that he be allowed to slightly edit the script to make it more faithful to the novel, which the studio chose to allow. These changes included putting in the Leper and Bill's stutter, elements from the novel which Fukunaga had cut, as well as changing names back to their original novel forms (Will to Bill, Travis to Henry, Snatch to Belch, etc.) and changing the firework fight back to the "Apocalyptic Rock Fight." Muschietti also planned on including the "Smokehole" scene in which Richie and Mike use a Native American tradition to have a vision which details how It arrived on Earth millions of years ago. Due to the extensive CGI needed for this scene, it was deemed too expensive for the film and Muschietti was forced to cut it from the script.
In the alternate ending, after bidding farewell to Beverly, Bill goes home to pack for the family trip which had been mentioned in a deleted scene. As Bill and his family drive away in their car, the camera pans to the drain where Georgie was taken. The shot then pauses on the drain and it begins to rain.
All of the Losers (except Richie) have individual encounters with IT before they all enter the house on Neibolt St. Although most of the Losers' fears were changed for the film, Eddie's and Beverly's are the same as they are in the novel. While Eddie's is toned down, Beverly's is much more extreme.
Pennywise's eyes turn blue when he talks to Georgie because it is the color of his mother's eyes.
The new film adaptations will feature the more disturbing aspects of the novel that the original TV mini-series was not able to. These include the more extreme acts of violence committed by Pennywise and the bullies, as well as the dark sexual undertones present throughout the novel (Eddie Kaspbrak's encounter with the Leper, the relationship between Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter, etc). Fortunately, the infamous child orgy scene from the novel was excluded from this film.
Some of the more graphic scenes in the book involving the children were left out of the movie, including Patrick giving Henry a handjob, Patrick suffocating his infant brother, Bev continuously being beaten by her father, and the infamous orgy scene with Bev in the sewer.
The "Slideshow" scene where Pennywise reveals himself through rapidly changing slides, is a nod to another Stephen King story, "The Sun Dog" in which a mangy and increasingly aggressive dog is revealed through a series of Polaroid photos before leaping out and attacking the protagonists. Pennywise also jumps out of the projection, hunched and barking like a dog before attacking.
After the credits roll Pennywise can be heard laughing, foreshadowing his return for part two.
At the end of the film, Beverly tells Bill that she's leaving Derry to live with her aunt in Portland, Maine. Portland is the birthplace of Stephen King.
Most of the parents of The Losers are shown at some point to be watching (or listening to) a TV show where the key word is 'clown' and 'all children should come to the sewers' is said. This would suggest that It is influencing the town's inhabitants in various ways on a daily basis.
Sophia Lillis said in an interview that the scene where a fountain of blood sprays out of the sink drain in her face was the hardest scene for her to shoot.
During the scene where Bill is woken up in his bed by water dripping from the ceiling onto a drawing he made of Beverly, which is sitting on his pillow, the water drops cause the red pencil, used for her hair, to look like blood. This foreshadows a scene later in the film where Beverly, having been abducted by Pennywise, is woken up in the sewers by blood dripping on her face.
In an extended scene of Stan's Bar Mitzvah, not included in the film, Stan delivers a speech in which he talks about indifference, and how a lot of the adults in town are selfish and are uncaring of the awful things happening in Derry. This is intercut with scenes of the other Losers Club members doing various activities. He makes a scene and abruptly leaves. The only person who applauds is Richie.
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It's most true form is bright orange lights that exist in the "Macroverse" called Dead Lights. Seeing these will cause any human to go insane. They make a brief appearance in the movie when Pennywise opens his mouth while holding onto Bev.
During the fight between The Losers Club and Pennywise at the climax, Pennywise momentarily morphs into Beverly's father, to which Beverly responded by shoving a length of re-bar into his mouth. In A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), during the scene where Alice confronts Freddy Krueger in a dream in which he has Yvonne hostage, Alice shoves the tail end of a pool skimmer into Freddy's mouth. There are many references to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) in this film, most notably in the scene where it is one of the movies advertised as playing at the Derry movie theater. The 'impalement-through-the-mouth' scene involving Alice can be seen briefly during the end credits of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and during the opening of Freddy vs. Jason (2003) along with other clips from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) film series.
Though both adaptations are based off of the novel, this film and the It (1990) miniseries have similar scenes that were played out and arranged in different manners from one another as well as the novel. For instance:
  • In the miniseries, Mike is shown to be running away from Henry Bowers and his gang until he collapses into the embrace of the Losers Club who protects him and fends off the Bowers Gang by engaging in a rock fight with them. In this film, it's Ben who's running away from Bowers and his gang to which he ends up losing the gang when he collapses in the creek near the sewage pipe where the four original Losers Club members are investigating Georgie's disappearance, and they decide to help him with his injuries. In a separate scene, the Losers do end up protecting Mike from Bowers and his gang after they find him being assaulted by them and engage in the rock fight with them.
  • In the miniseries, the Losers Club go to a restaurant for a meeting. In this film, they go to Ben's house for a meeting.
  • In the miniseries, after Pennywise's photo album threat and attempted attack upon the Losers Club in the woods, Bill makes a tearful challenge towards It which prompted his friends to comfort him, forming a group hug. In this movie, the slide projector is a stand-in for the photo album and shows Pennywise attacking the group in Bill's garage. However, the group embrace is placed at the climax of the film. After the Losers defeat Pennywise in the sewers, Bill breaks down in grief which prompted his friends to comfort him, forming a group hug.
  • In the miniseries, the scene where the Losers are in the sewers the first time holding hands to jointly resist Pennywise's scare tactics and meditating in a circle in preparation to face him, he ends up taking Stan hostage. In this film, despite attacking Stan in the sewer tunnels when the Losers were searching for Beverly, he ultimately attacks and takes Bill hostage during the confrontation.
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During the final fight scene, It attacks Mike by transforming his arms into giant spider-like legs and trying to stab Mike. This could be a reference to both the novel and 1990s mini-series in which the characters see It's true form, but their minds can only comprehend it as being a giant spider.
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Stan's (Wyatt Oleff) first encounter with It comes in the form of a painting in a style much like that of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, whose paintings were an inspiration in the design of "Mama" in the film Mama (2013), which was also directed by Andy Muschietti. Stephen King said that this scene actually terrified him.
Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti fought hard (with help from the producers) to put more scenes from the novel into the movie. The Smoke Hole scene was demanded but the studio deemed it too expensive. Andy was able to put most scenes he requested back into his adaptation, such as Eddie's encounter with the Leper.
When The Losers are going to Ben's house, you can see in the background as the camera pans to Patrick Hockstetter's 'missing' poster that Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) trips over his bike while placing it on the ground.
The famous Smoke Hole scene explaining It's alien origin from the novel will be omitted from this adaptation due to budget constraints. Because of this, it's speculated that the climactic Ritual of Chüd from the novel will be omitted as well due to it's ties to the Smoke Hole scene. These two scenes were also missing from the 1990 TV mini-series.
When Georgie loses the boat down the storm drain, he says "Bill's gonna kill me". When Pennywise/It uses Georgie's boat to beckon him closer, he says, "Bill's gonna kill you". In the sewer scene towards the end of the film, It morphs into Georgie while confronting Bill, leading to Bill shooting It (while appearing as Georgie) in the head.
Body count: 5 (two off-screen).
When Bill goes to Beverly's house, the words, "You'll die if you try", are written in blood on the wall. Pennywise never says these words in this movie. But in the book, after The Losers have cleaned up the bathroom, Bev goes in with the tape measure, and she hears a voice whisper, "...you can't fight us...you'll die if you try...die if you try...die if you try.". Similarly, in the miniseries version, after the initial gush of blood, Bev's father inspects the sink closely but sees nothing, after which Pennywise's voice taunts Beverly saying, "You'll die if you try to fight us, Beverly. You'll die if you try.".
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The order in which the Losers' Club leave after the blood oath is the order in which they die or are injured in the book. Stanley leaves first, who commits suicide after learning that It has returned. Eddie leaves next, who dies in the final confrontation between It and The Losers Club. Mike leaves third, being heavily injured in a fight between the Losers and Henry Bowers, but ultimately survives. The rest of the members survive and are relatively uninjured by the end of the book.
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The Paul Bunyan statue can be seen during the Fourth of July parade scene. In the novel, It uses the Paul Bunyan statue to terrorize Richie.
The film explains It's mantra of 'You'll float too'. In the climax of the film in the Derry sewers where The Losers defeat It, the other missing children are seen floating around the sewer rubbish pile. This is the effect of It's Deadlights. Beverly is seen floating also after being rendered catatonic by It's Deadlights.
There's a brief moment missing from the scene where Mike arrives at the butcher shop and sees It in the form of his burning parents reaching out through the locked door. Originally, when the door swings open the first time, it reveals Pennywise swinging back and forth on a meat hook while seemingly voraciously feasting on some meat and making screeching noises behind a translucent curtain. It's unknown as to why this brief moment was removed from the scene. Though, this scene can be seen being filmed in the behind-the-scenes footage.
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During the scene where Pennywise is luring Bill under the guise of Georgie in the sewers, "Georgie" kept referring to the paper boat as "it", whereas Bill corrects him in referring to the boat as "she", as that that's the description for the boat they agreed upon. He also kept referring to Bill as "Billy", even though the real Georgie as well as everyone else simply call him Bill. In fact, only Pennywise calls him "Billy". Besides the obviously ghostly and severely wounded appearance, this could possibly indicate that Bill knew that he wasn't talking to his brother.
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During the fight scene at the climax, Mike is the only one who doesn't truly strike or inflict any pain on Pennywise. Pennywise has either stopped or dodged the blows from Mike's weapon. When he tries to kill Mike, Stan and then Ben, respectively, step in to defend Mike.
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As five of The Losers are frantically urging Bill to shoot Pennywise during the scene where the climactic battle takes place, Mike warns him that there are no more bullets left once he quickly realized that the bolt gun is empty after Bill had already shot Pennywise, who was disguised as Georgie. When the bolt gun is fired a second time, nothing actually comes out of it, except sound. This means that when Bill shoots Pennywise in the forehead, Pennywise actually fooled him into thinking he did so by creating a fake wound on his forehead just as the gun went off and briefly behaving as if he's injured until he attacks him.
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Patrick Hockstetter's character and death in the film are substantially changed from the novel, in which his violent tendencies featured the murder of his infant brother by suffocation. Also in the novel but not in the film are a homosexual act with Henry, resulting in him being beaten and threatened by Henry, the murder of cats, dogs, and other animals, which he deposits into an abandoned refrigerator in a Derry quarry, and ultimately his death; where he is killed by It, in the form of large flying leeches, which drill out portions of him while siphoning his blood. In this film adaptation, much of this is left out and Patrick instead meets his demise when he encounters It in a sewer tunnel, having become separated from the Bowers Gang while looking for Ben Hanscom. Initially appearing as the dead children of Derry, It then appears as Pennywise hiding behind a "I 'heart' Derry" balloon. The balloon pops and It proceeds to devour Patrick.
A book of the fairy tale, 'The Frog Prince' is seen on Beverley's desk, as a reference to Ben's kiss later in the film.
Unlike the 1990 mini-series adaption, the film features on-screen blood and gore, specifically in relation to the deaths of George Denborough (whose death was off-screen in the 1990 mini-series) and other victims including Betty Ripsom. The film also features Henry Bowers carving his name into Ben Hanscom's stomach, a scene which begun but never finished out of omission in the 1990 adaption.
Mike (Chosen Jacobs) encounters It in the form of his burning parents and other fire victims trying to escape from behind a padlocked door. This is likely a reference to the Black Spot nightclub. In the novel, Mike's father tells him the story of the Black Spot fire, which was started by the Maine Legion of White Decency. This was also mentioned by Ben in the film while he was talking about his Derry research.
The original novel portrayed "It" as manifesting in the forms of various classic Universal 1930s-1940s horror monsters, including Wolfman (though technically "It's" manifestation is of the shapeshifter from I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)), Frankenstein's Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon's Gill-Man and the Mummy. All these forms are omitted from the film except for the Mummy, which is featured attacking Ben in the climax.
The first one to die in the film is Georgie Denbrough (younger brother of Bill Denbrough), right after losing the paper boat. One of his last lines is "Bill's gonna kill me!" The actor who plays Pennywise (who kills Georgie) is played by Bill Skarsgård.
80s references: During a scene toward the end of the film where Pennywise rises up to loom over The Losers the movement of his body and arms is reminiscent of a scene from John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). Writing over the 'S' in 'Loser' on his cast, Eddie draws a big red 'V' - an obvious reference to the cult sci-fi series. The scene toward the end where The Losers part ways in a series of fades suggests a reference to the final shot of River Phoenix's Chris Chambers at the end of Stand by Me (1986).
A homage to the werewolf form taken from the novel comes in the sequence of Pennywise advancing towards the Losers after initially attempting to eat Eddie. The clown's arm morphs into a hairy, extended werewolf-like hands which can also be seen in the promos and trailers of the film.
There's a brief moment and a few lines of dialogue from Ritchie missing in the scene where Pennywise is making an offer to The Losers to spare them by keeping Bill while holding him hostage. At one point, Ritchie says, "Bill, I told you. I told all of you! We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" This part of the scene can be seen being filmed in the behind-the-scenes footage.
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