Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Horror Movies and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Although all versions of the story feature a group of kids (and later their adult counterparts) banding together to defeat the evil entity IT, there's a slight difference in the novels, as that's not the only time we see or hear of Pennywise. It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the 1986 Stephen King novel It, its 1990 TV miniseries and 2017 film of the same name. I was used to King's flawed protagonists, so many of them fundamentally broken and trying to find a way out of their own personal holes. He has a pale white clown face with funny tufts of red hair on either side of his bald head, a big clown smile painted over his mouth and he usually wears big white gloves, like the kind that the classic Disney character Mickey Mouse always wore. Very shortly afterward, agents from the FBI, CIA, and "The Shop" invade Haven and take as many of the Havenites as possible (killing nearly a quarter of the survivors), along with a few of the devices created by the altered people of Haven. She loves binging a new series and watching movies ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to hidden indie gems. Before that a character in The Tommyknockers says he saw a clown on the side of the road while going to Derry. – it's painful to read in a few other ways as well. The time when the 1990 movie was released for the 2017 movie is equal to the time when Pennywise (IT) tends to wake up to cause the capture and murder of its victims (being 27 years). Gard is also an alcoholic and is prone to binges that result in violent outbursts followed by lengthy blackouts. Another detail left out of the film is that It's spider form is not that of its official true form; it is merely the closest representation of its true form that the human mind can comprehend. They use a taunting method that says "Kill Him, Kill Him".
It's both confused and confusing, and far too long. It was killed when they pulled out his heart.
Gard feels he has little to live for aside from his friendship with Bobbi and decides to stay with her to try to halt her decline. Borat 2 Is Being Sued By Holocaust Survivor's Estate, Gal Gadot Earned 33x More For Wonder Woman 1984 Than First Movie, Hubie Halloween: Everything Hubie's Thermos Could Do. Re-casting 5 classic TV series with Bruce Campbell, The Last Drive-In Episode 1 Recap: C.H.U.D and Castle Freak, American Horror Story: 15 most horrifying AHS episodes, Scariest Monsters From the Resident Evil Games, Ka is a wheel: Amazon's The Dark Tower finds its Roland, Original 'Pet Sematary' director unearths secrets of the 1989 horror classic, Lost horror history: George Romero’s Pet Sematary, Stephen King: Hulu finds cast for "Misery" themed Castle Rock Season 2, NOS4A2: Christmasland is NOT as jolly as it sounds in newest teaser, Best TV Actors and Actresses from Each State, Back to the Future Trilogy: Top 30 Vehicles, 50 Most Heartbreaking Moments from the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Ranking the 67 Best Characters, Ranking All 50 Episodes of Game of Thrones, 50 Biggest WTF Moments in Star Wars History. Do you think Pennywise is still alive? All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Ironically, they all are portrayed as heroes whereas Pennywise is a villain. A two-part television miniseries based on the novel was shown in 1993 on ABC, starring Jimmy Smits as Jim Gardner and Marg Helgenberger as Bobbi Anderson. In the novel, Pennywise appeared to Ben as the mummy, and to Stan as the rotting corpses, while in the film it was the other way around. No mortal knows, or can know, the true form of It. Here's every Pennywise reference outside of IT.
Through his work as an author, King has created his own epic shared universe, with various characters and locations being used or referenced across a number of stories, and Pennywise is no exception.
Despite being apparently killed by the Losers, there are several hints throughout King's other works that may show that It is still very much alive. When he came back, he'd written The Dark Half, a book I class among his greatest; and from there he entered a run of novels (Needful Things, Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, Rose Madder) that challenged both King as a writer and all those readers who thought they knew what King was capable of. It makes a cameo in another one of Stephen King's films, The Tommyknockers, where it simply sat and waved. The Tommyknockers (1987) - The main character, Tommy Jacklin, made a supply run in Derry during The Tommyknockers. Next: Pennywise Isn't the Only Member of IT's Species (In Stephen King's Books), All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. The movie is based on the 1987 Stephen King novel of the same name. He is somewhat immune to the ship's effects because of the steel plate in his head, a souvenir of a teenage skiing accident. By the time that the alien presence has possessed most of the town – Gard is spared because of a metal plate in his head, though that can't save him from his personal demons – he is a wreck, yet somehow the only one who can save his community; and, indeed, the world. DC's Green Lantern Villains Explained, GTA Online Offers Triple Rewards In Power Play And Time Trials, Lovecraft Country: The True Story Of The Tulsa Race Massacre Explained, The Classic Terminator 2 Scene That Permanently Injured Linda Hamilton, New Mutants: Even The X-Men Have Forgotten The Coolest Mutant Power, Simpsons Horror Parody Game Eggs for Bart Teases Chapter 4, Dream Home Makeover: Everything To Know About Designers Syd & Shea McGee, Borat 2 Is Being Sued By Holocaust Survivor's Estate, Every Resident Evil Reboot Character (& What They Look Like in Games), Genshin Impact: How To Find Geoculus (The Easy Way), Selling Sunset: Chrishell Stause To Start Dating Soon, Getting DMs from Hockey Players, Bly Manor Episode 1 Has A Stephen King’s The Shining Easter Egg, Every Week 8 Challenge in Fortnite Season 4, Hulk Is Still The Avengers 5's Best Villain Idea. First published on Wed 28 Aug 2013 14.34 BST. When It appears to one of the guards at the asylum Henry Bowers is kept at, it takes on the form of an eight-foot tall Doberman Pinscher, as opposed to a cross between the clown and a rottweiler in the film. She becomes more lost because he's too distracted by his own issues to notice when she needs him. Its favorite form, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, was designed after real-life clowns Bozo, Clarabell, and Ronald McDonald. It appeared in pony form in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic IDW comic book "The Return of Queen Chrysalis", in one of the doors in Queen Chrysalis' Castle. The plot is fairly slight; it's the characters that give the book its bulk. Readers learn that IT, the creature and true form of Pennywise, isn’t a unique being in this universe and instead is part of a race of seemingly eternal monsters. The story is set in the small town of Haven, Maine. While it’s true that Pennywise’s most significant appearance remains in IT, he has popped up in other stories either as a quick cameo or as part of the overall lore. There’s no question IT will always be the definitive Pennywise tale, however it’s clear Stephen King intended the character’s influence to be pervasive. He described it as an endless, crawling hairy creature made of orange light.
That's hard for me to say, because I love King's writing, but out of the sixty-something books there were bound to be a few duds. Before joining Screen Rant, Kara served as a contributor for Movie Pilot and had work published on The Mary Sue and Reel Honey. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. The novel was released in 1987, two years after IT. It's other forms are played by Javier Botet (Leper), Tatum Lee (Judith), Carter Musselman (Headless Boy), and Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie).
Here's every substantial reference to Pennywise in other Stephen King novels. Gard has a fugue-state conversation with Jack from The Talisman after a drinking session; there's a sighting of Pennywise in a storm drain; there's a reference to Johnny Smith's coma, from The Dead Zone; to a dog "acting like a regular Cujo! The Batman Set Photo Might Tease Flash's Existence, IT's Pennywise May Be Still Alive (In Stephen King's Books), Every Stephen King Movie Coming After IT Chapter Two, Wonder Woman May Exist In The Batman's Universe, Furiosa: Every Question The Mad Max Prequel Can Answer, James Bond: Why Jaws Didn't Return In For Your Eyes Only, Star Wars: Why Palpatine Really Saved Darth Vader On Mustafar, Lord of the Rings: Peter Jackson's Movies Made Isildur More Heroic, Monster Hunter Movie May Be The Most Loyal Video Game Adaptation Yet, Mad Max Fury Road Director Denies Rumors That The Film Had No Script, Captain America Was Never Worthy Of Mjolnir, Steve Rogers Was, Rambo & RoboCop Crossover Art Is the ’80s Movie You Didn’t Know You Needed, The Mandalorian Baby Yoda LEGO Sculpture Contains Over 14,000 Bricks, Chronicles of Narnia Timeline Explained: When Each Movie Takes Place, Every Song in A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, Mad Max: What Happened To The Oceans (Did They Disappear?
And the best thing I can say about it is that, after he published it, King's wife, Tabitha, intervened. The fact that she gets to write about The Office regularly is like a dream come true.
For that matter is the 2017 reboot a different universe? Jake even overheard them mention the clown but didn't know what they meant. IT (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. The demonic clown Pennywise is recognized as the antagonist of Stephen King’s IT, but the clown plays a much bigger part in the author's book universe. It's design is based off the 2017 version of Pennywise. Both had witty, yet insane, personalities. The townspeople of Haven are "becoming"--being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in fatal thrall to the Tommyknockers. Before that a character in The Tommyknockers says he saw a clown on the side of the road while going to Derry.
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