Fridge / It

The famous horror film based on the novel by Stephen King

Fridge Brilliance
  • The Losers didn't actually spend all that much time together—just a single summer, really, and in Mike's case, less than that. It is mentioned that they spent some time together after defeating It the first time, but not long after they pretty much began leaving Derry one after another, and at no point were all seven back together again, including as adults. Sure, they had a strong bond for a time, but isn't this like missing a bunch of kids you knew at summer camp when you were twelve?
  • Pennywise is a non-material entity from beyond the edges of this universe, merely projecting a body into this world. In what sense is a giant spider appropriate as its 'true' form? Because it's a creature that feeds on and draws strength from fear. What's the single most feared and reviled creature on Earth?
    • ...Humans?
    • The book makes it pretty clear that IT's true form is not really a spider, that's just the closest approximation their human minds could come to. Though you're probably right about the "why", spiders are terrifying.
    • Last time I checked, spiders were helpful pest controllers and not evil eldritch abominations. Poor arthropods...
      • That doesn't change the fact that a huge percentage of the human population are terrified of them.
      • Which is probably the reason It's closest approximation is a spider - it's probably one of the most common things for humans to have a fear of, legitimately or not.
    • You've got a twofer, here... spiders are also famous for their webs. You know, natural traps to ensnare and devour insects. Considering WHY Pennywise has the clown guise in the first place, turning into a spider later seems to be a particularly appropriate choice, personality-wise.
  • Why does it matter (in the book, anyway) that none of the Losers have kids? Because having children means having to put aside your own interests to focus on your children. Bill, Beverly, and Eddie are emotionally locked at the ages they were in 1958, Bill because he's still grieving for Georgie and hurting over his parents' distance from him, Beverly because her abusive husband regresses her to the age she was when her father was abusing her, and Eddie because his overbearing wife is a carbon copy of his overbearing mother. Ben, Mike, and Richie have made a living out of their childhood pastimes instead of outgrowing them. And Stanley, who did grow up, couldn't handle the impossible reality of what he'd gone through, and killed himself. This even applies to Henry, who didn't have the opportunity to have children, and stayed emotionally stuck as a twelve-year old; he's able to be empowered by IT because of his childlike ability to understand that it's not really his dead friends he's talking to...
    • Hell, this may even apply to IT. The Losers are only able to beat her as completely as possible after she's laid her eggs; her mentality is very much that of a cosmically spoiled brat for most of her appearances. But at the end, she rushes back to directly engage the Losers, even knowing how they can beat her, because she can feel Ben crushing her spawn.
      • Most likely the reason why none of the Losers can have kids is that if they did having the responsibility of having a kid to raise would keep them from running off to Derry on a potential suicide mission to take out IT, and if even one of the Losers with the exception of Stan didn't go to kill it, the very specific set of circumstances that need to occur for IT to be killed once and for all couldn't happen.
      • Alternately, the subconscious realization of what would happen if IT found out about the Losers' children.
  • The full dramatic irony of the Losers' club: they really are losers. They lost each other. But they lost each other because they won.
  • IT is the most Dark Tower of the non-Dark Tower books. The Losers' club is a Ka-Tet and their cyclic battle with IT is a prime example of how Ka works; the same events have a tendency to recur during both their encounters in 1958 and 1985, they can feel the force of the White when they form the circle, they can share Khef when they are together, and towards the end they feel Ka-Shume. IT itself is a creature from Todash space with its true form, the Deadlights, circling the outside of the Tower.
  • IT could be viewed an Evil Counterpart to the Christian Trinity. There's the "Father" (IT's Giant Spider form and its ultimate physical manifestation), the "Son" (Pennywise, who is IT in "human" form), and the (in this case, unholy) Spirit (the deadlights, IT's non-tangible form).
    • Or that It represents the devil, the "Other," God, and the Turtle, Jesus.
  • So, why now, 1957—1985? It has been around for millions of years. Why has this mysterious "Other" drawn the Losers together to finally fight It and take It down? Because, at this time and no other, It can't simply pack up and leave Derry—It has Its children to hatch and nurture. Derry has become Its true haunt ("a feeding place for animals," plural), and the place where Its children will feed. Its bond to Its children is the perfect weapon to use against It. And It believes It can't be killed—even more reason that It will stand and fight (and lose) instead of running away and getting away. It is at Its moment of greatest weakness, Its moment of greatest fatness and complacency. So now is the perfect time. Any sooner would be too soon; any later would be too late (It's children will hatch, feed and possibly branch out. Imagine hundreds, thousands, millions of Its. The entire world is their haunt. Goodbye, human race).
  • In the TV Movie, the first person It kills on screen is a little girl who sang Itsy Bitsy Spider. Later on it shows that It's true physical form on earth is that of a giant Spider. It took the song personally.
  • The Turtle made the universe when it got sick to its stomach and vomited up creation itself. It sounds silly when you lay it out, but really think about what that means: this unfathomable thing is unfathomable because humans are of a size comparable to IT and the Turtle as bacteria. Sentient bacteria with thoughts and emotions and lives, scurrying about in a pool of celestial vomit, breeding and breeding and breeding and developing the capacity to bond with each other in a way that makes them capable of harming the creatures that made their home by accident. Of course the Spider fears the Losers once it realizes it's vulnerable. Wouldn't you be just a little terrified if you were hip-deep in viral bacteria and you realized your hazmat suit had a hole in it?
  • Why is Patrick only afraid of leeches, and nothing else? Because what he's really afraid of is being diminished. He thinks he's the only real person in the world and all other beings in the universe exist to either provide for or entertain him, and when his perceived realness is threatened or challenged, he immediately goes on the offensive and kills whatever's responsible. To Patrick, who sees all life as being centered on him, leeches exist solely as monsters with no purpose beyond sucking out his blood and his realness along with it. He kills his brother because he thinks the new baby might also be real and he doesn't want to share the world with another real boy, but with leeches, they're stealing his realness directly.
  • Apart from mentioning that Moose Sadler is named after the character in Archie comics, Stephen King also included Archie's main love interests as three of the 1957-1958 victims - Betty (Ripsom), Veronica (Grogan) and Cheryl (Lamonica).

Fridge Horror:
  • It's only in the book, but Beverly's father chases her all over town when he means to finally kill her. But think about it; he's a man in his forties who works a fairly exhausting job, where does a man like that get the energy to chase a healthy, fairly athletic twelve-year-old? From IT. Not only does IT crawl in behind the eyes of people you care about, it makes them stronger.
  • What impregnated IT?
    • Or... who?
    • Maybe IT was asexual? Or born pregnant, like a Tribble.
  • How many eggs could Ben have missed?!
  • Eddie's wife will likely never know what happened to her husband. Unless the Losers contacted her offscreen, she has no way of knowing that he was killed. In spite of how annoying and neurotic she was, she did seem to love Eddie, and for all she knows he just suddenly walked out one day and never came back.
  • Beverly, at around eleven years old, is penetrated by six boys one after another in a row in a sewer. At eleven. How incredibly painful that much have been by the end.

Fridge Logic
  • In The Movie, when the Deadlights pass over the Losers in the first sewer scene, they glance up and see a grid of lights that later appears on the Giant Spider 's chest.
  • Beverly deduces that the whole town of Derry knows something is amiss because an old man wouldn't help her. Note that this is only an issue with the movie.

The silent film from 1927, staring Clara Bow.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Why the Rip Tailoring worked so well for Betty: she sells clothing for a living. Granted, this doesn't automatically mean she knows anything about making clothes, but it sure isn't a stretch that the same girl who sells dresses can also make them.
    • The implied Last Minute Hookup between Adela and Monty might seem contrived; but when you consider their personalities, it's actually the perfect setup to the most cliched kind of couple in old-school comedy: a comically bumbling husband and a non-nonsense wife. They'll probably get married and have a relationship much like Ralph and Alice Kramden.
    • Why flirtatious, outgoing Betty is so paranoid about Cyrus moving too fast with her: look what happened to her friend Molly.
    • Speaking of Molly, it's not hard to see how a young woman could end up in her position in the The Roaring Twenties. Molly was likely an outgoing flapper just like Betty before the baby came along. And had not Molly gotten knocked up first, Betty wouldn't be as cautious about going to far as she is.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Molly's son is a baby in the 1920s. He's exactly the right age to get drafted into WWII.
    • What will The Great Depression be like for a single mother and her son? For that matter, will Cyrus (or Monty) financially survive Black Tuesday?