. Regarded as one of Stephen King's scariest (and longest
) novels, it sure
does have Nightmare Fuel
. Now, where are my brown pants?
Then it was adapted into a movie, and untold numbers of children suddenly were scared of clowns. Good reason, too.
The Movie Adaptation
- The scene where the sink starts spewing blood is horrifying and disgusting, and made even worse by the fact that Beverly's dad doesn't even see the blood.
- The shower scene in which Pennywise is shown calling out to Eddie from below one of the shower drains, lifts open the drain, sticks his hands out and basically shoves at the drain opening with his hands literally like it was clay to make it big enough so he can stick half of his body out and tell a horrified Eddie "Here I am, wheezy! Hey, you're gonna like it down here. Won't do any good to run, girly boy! See you in your dreams! Oh, come back anytime! Bring your friends!" No doubt it left kids with a paranoia fueled fear towards shower drains or probably drains of any kind.
- Pennywise then abruptly lowers his head and lifts it, letting out an loud unearthly roar before chuckling and looking directly at the camera while some creepy music plays.
- "Kill? <chuckle> ME? Oh, you are priceless, brat. I... am eternal, child. I am the Eater of Worlds - and of children. And YOU... are NEXT!"
- Akin to the scene where blood comes out of the sink is the scene wherein Bill is looking at an old photo album of his dead brother George, and suddenly Georgie's picture winks at him. He throws it across the room and the album starts moving on its own, turning back to that same picture, which then starts to bleed heavily. Then when his parents come in and can't see the blood.
- This line from Pennywise: "I'll kill you all! *laughs* I'll drive you crazy... and then I'LL KILL YOU ALL! I'm every nightmare you've ever had, I am your WORST DREAM COME TRUE! I'm everything you EVER were afraid of!"
- The buildup to it: the kids find an old photograph with a familiar-looking figure in the background. And then it starts moving...
- Stan's suicide.
- Tim Curry, in all that clown make-up as Pennywise. Even when he's not doing anything particularly frightening in the movie, he's still creepy as all hell. To give a good idea as to how creepy Pennywise is, the other actors/crew-members actually avoided Tim Curry while he in make-up and on set.
- The scene where Ben has just confessed his love for Beverly and they kiss and embrace, only for him to look in the mirror and see that the person he is holding... is wearing a clown suit.
- Beverly's encounter with Mrs. Kersh.
- Eddie's encounter with Mr. Keene, and the idea that Keene's memory of Eddie was all fabricated by the Clown.
- Audra's encounter with a gas station attendant just outside of Derry. When he refers to the Barrens as "where they used to play when they were kids", you KNOW that he's actually Pennywise in disguise.
- The idea that the adults can't see the blood and therefore cannot remove the blood until they wash the body part bloodied, means they could go up to a day without washing it off if it's on their faces, and hours if its on their hands...there could be phantom alien paint all over Bill Denborough's and Bev Marsh's houses.
- Most people criticize the Giant Spider at the end for looking cheesy and fake, but the tunnel outside It's lair, the door surrounded by bones, and especially the webbed-up bodies in the ceiling (including Bill's wife) are pretty damn creepy.
Down here, we all float.