“IT” returned in 2017 with ‘It: Chapter One’, 27 years after the original miniseries was made. And Stephen King must be very happy with the reimagination of the 1986 horror novel since it was critically acclaimed and became the highest rating horror movie of all time.
Based on Stephen King’s epic tale, It is about a terrifying force that pursues a group of children in Derry, Maine, with their worst fears. These fears generally take the form of Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård), an old-school circus clown with menacing eyes who lives in the town’s sewers and whose presence is sometimes announced by an ominous, free-floating red balloon.
There were plenty of scenes in the movie that scared the hell out of audiences and the creepy clown peeking out from the sewer drain is certainly the most iconic, but perhaps the scariest scene is the scene in Bill Denbrough’s garage involving a slide projector that just won’t work properly.
The scene starts as a pretty standard exposition dump, with the entire losers club gathered around to locate the lair of Pennywise. But as the scene rolls on, the slide projector starts to malfunction, rolling slides of Bill’s family, until one of them transforms into the terrifying circus performer. The scene doesn’t stop there. The clown leaps out of the projection and terrorizes the children before they escape the garage.
Pennywise (IT) is an ancient alien/eldritch monster and the title character and the main antagonist of the 1986 novel and subsequent television and film adaptations. It is a shapeshifting creature billions of years old, although it lived on planet Earth for many years, it originated in a void/dimension outside the regions of space known as the Macroverse. Since its true identity is unclear, due to its shape-shifting abilities and it being from another universe, its real name and species are unknown, thus why it is named IT.