The first image of the evil clown Pennywise from the upcoming movie IT, based on the Stephen King novel has been released.
The 1990 miniseries of the same name starred Tim Curry as Pennywise and thinking back, the series and the clown were absolutely horrifying watching it as a kid.
Looking at this new photo though, I can’t help but have no reaction to it.
Sure the look has been updated to fit with modern times, but is it really scary?
In comparison, here’s Tim Curry in the 1990 version of IT:
Between the two pictures, the bottom clown is much scarier to me, but maybe it has something to do with that dead-eyed stare and the fact that he’s sticking half out of the ground, like a demon emerging from hell.
I recently watched the Jon Watts film Clown (which is a solid horror), and that had a truly terrifying looking clown in it, but again, it failed to gauge much of a reaction from me.
Are clowns even scary anymore?
At the end of the day, it will come down to not just the look of the clown, but what the director does with the film overall, like how he will build the tension and if the film will resort to jump-scares or slow-burning terror.
IT is due for release in September 2017 and is directed by Andrés Muschietti, who directed the 2013 horror film Mama (which wasn’t great).
Young actor Bill Skarsgård plays Pennywise in the upcoming film.
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
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