Stephen King’s Killer Clown Is Coming

Let’s hope you don’t have coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – because “It” is set to hit big screens next week.

The film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, features one of the most iconic clown characters of all time: Pennywise. But, instead of delighting and entertaining children, he torments, hunts and kills them.

Stephen King, one of the most prolific horror writers of our time, first unleashed Pennywise into the world when the book was published in 1986. “It” was adapted into a mini-series in 1990. While Tim Curry was praised as the iconic evil clown, the mini-series was a significantly watered down version of the novel, and received mixed reviews.

The current version has been in development since 2009, and will be released as two separate films: “It: Part 1” and “It: Part 2”. The first installment has become one of the most anticipated horror films of the year. The film received an R rating in the US, leading fans to suspect that it’ll be a closer reflection of the novel, which is filled with bad language, horror, and gore.

Bill Skarsgard, usually known for his model good looks, will be almost unrecognisable to fans as Pennywise. Skarsgard has said that there’s no need to compare his version of the character with Tim Curry’s, because “they can both stand alone”.

“It was always important for me to reinvent “It” and reinterpret “It” in a different way,” said Skarsgard.

According to Screen Rant, Stephen King has already seen the film twice, and “wasn’t prepared for how good it is”.

There are some, however, who aren’t very happy about the film’s upcoming release. Professional clowns say that the industry has taken a huge hit and that people were cancelling clown shows.

According to Pam Moody of the World Clown Association: “It all started with the original “It”, that introduced the concept of this character. It’s a science-fiction character. It’s not a clown and has nothing to do with pro clowning.”

Image: Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise [online image] (2017) sourced on 31 August 2017 from http://media.salon.com/2017/06/it-620×412.jpg