A viewing audience at ‘South by Southwest’ got to see what the cast and crew already know in regards to the new Pennywise the Clown in the big-screen version of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel “It.” The verdict is… Pennywise has never been more terrifying.
In the reboot, Bill Skarsgard plays the killer clown. Only this time, Pennywise is being portrayed as a darker, more demonic Pennywise than the creepy character Tim Curry played in the 1990 TV mini-series.
The SXSW audience wasn’t allowed to record the 90-second trailer. But according to one blogger on the Bloody Disgusting horror movie website, the feeling in the theater got so tense leading up to one particular scene that it left the “audience screaming.”
“Now, I am fully aware that this is just a teaser trailer. It was maybe 90 seconds of footage, but it was a damn impressive 90 seconds of footage,” Thurman writes. “The movie could still turn out to be terrible, but based on what was shown in Austin tonight, that seems highly unlikely.”
The movie’s director, Andrés Muschietti, has kept secret most of the details about the movie. But during the presentation in Austin he confirmed that Skarsgard’s Pennywise is much more sinister than Tim Curry’s.
“Curry’s clown was a cartoonish nightmare in need of dental hygiene,” notes The Verge. “Skarsgard’s Pennywise has a far more sinister edge, marked by piercing yellow eyes and contorted movements.”
Muschietti revealed how he kept Skarsgard separated from the movie’s child actors until their first very encounter on set. The kids were sure they wouldn’t be scared, he said.
“The day that he showed up on the stage, they (freaking) freaked out,” Muschietti told the Austin audience. “Bill is like, 7-foot high, and I can’t describe how scary he looks in person. He’s a wiry man, crouching, making sounds, snotting, drooling, speaking in Swedish sometimes. Terrifying.”
Are you excited for the reboot of this Stephen King classic??
Sources: KansasCity.Com, The Verge