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Did You Spot the Leper in the ‘IT’ Trailer?!

It took me at least 20 views to notice this.

The internet horror community is still buzzing about the trailer for this year’s IT, which was unleashed just about one week ago. Nearly every movie website on the net dug deep into the trailer last week, with many sites even going through it shot-by-shot and analyzing the footage. But oddly enough, I didn’t see anyone pointing out something I just noticed on my 21st rewatch.

At the 1:52 mark, there’s a quick shot of Eddie Kapsbrak running away from something at the infamous house on Neibolt Street; it’s hard to spot unless you’re going through the trailer frame-by-frame, but that something is creature performer Javier Botet as the novel’s Leper! The Leper, not seen in the 1990 adaptation, is one of several forms that Pennywise takes in the book.

Back in August of last year we saw a set photo of Botet as the Leper, but the quick shot in the trailer is the first official look at the character. How the hell did I not notice this sooner?!

In theaters September 8, 2017, the film is set “in a small town in Maine, where 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.“

Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling monster. The cast also includes Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.



  • Chip

    Things I noticed
    1:52: I’m 75% sure that’s Mike Hanlin trying to escape The Bird, which is one of those scenes that could be really cool or really terrible depending on how it’s handled.
    1:58: Mike seeing a vision of the Black Spot fire.
    1:59: A …blank wall? No idea what that means.

    • Fletch

      I’m thinking 1:52 looks more like Ben running from “Ghost Dad,” but good lord I wish the bird would make an appearance in this.

      • James

        If they managed to pull off the bird I would be so impressed.

        • Khy

          Unfortunately I don’t believe The Bird will be in the film. The Bird is something from the novel that sure as hell couldn’t be done in 1990 and I really don’t think it could be done in 2017 without people complaining about the CGI. A LOT of money alone would have to be put into that and the IT movie doesn’t exactly have a huge budget for it considering all the other stuff they have to tackle.

          I think they’ve changed Mike’s encounter with IT from the bird to probably something to do with the fire of The Black Spot (a black owned and built nightclub that was set on fire in the novel) if that shot of the burning charred hands in the cracks of the door means anything. In the novel Mike’s father, Will, tells him about it so I’m guessing that will be Mike’s fear possibly- burning alive. We’ll see.

  • Sky Commander

    I found that day one

    • Briand

      that’s great,
      mister fancy pants.

    • The Fucked Up

      Other people have a job

      • Sky Commander

        So do I and using my eyes to see something a two minute clip isn’t that hard or time consuming

  • Irishonfire

    I love how much closer this is to the novel.

    • Khy

      Same. So much the 1990 TV miniseries couldn’t cover because of time, budget, and network restriction. If 80% of those fans would only read the novel they’d see WHY this needed an updated adaptation.

      • Irishonfire

        Only thing I can all but guarantee wont be in the movie that’s in the book is the orgy haha

  • IT will be amazing, I can’t wait to watch.

  • Khy

    I feel like I’m the only one that noticed the Lumberjack in the view of the town. I really hope they do something with him. Nothing too crazy like in the novel. Some things were great in the novel because its driven by your imagination that may not work as well on film. But I hope we at least get something creepy from it.
    Also the Leper haha. The people who’ve never read the novel have no idea that Pennywise is the LEAST of their worries. I’m ready for that scene to kill me!

  • J Jett

    the leper looks really scary/freaky (in a great way) to me .

    • Khy

      Javier Botet was BORN to play this role. BORN. I hope they keep his disturbing blow job lines in…


    I could swear someone already pointed this out when the trailer first came out

  • Halloween_Vic

    Nice!! Good eye

  • Frank Gambino

    oh damn, no, I did NOT notice that! great catch! Cant wait til we got some paul bunyan action!

  • Frank Gambino

    Hey does anyone have any idea what those arms trying to get through the door to mike are supposed to be? Wasnt his only solo encounter with It when it was the giant bird?

    • spl85

      There’s a scene in the book (though I believe it is his fathers memory) of a KKK style arson attack on a party/clubhouse (army base? It’s been a while since I read it) for the coloured people in Derry so I believe it’s their hands trying to escape. Witnesses reported seeing a clown at the scene..

      • Aaron Johnson

        It’s the Black Spot club. And it was on an army base I believe. Oddly enough, Dick Hallorann from “The Shining” was there when it happened.

        • Frank Gambino

          ha, thats crazy. I dont know why I dont remember that part.

      • Carlton Fisher

        It’s been a while since my last re-reading, but I think the memory is actually a historical account that Mike finds in his research of Derry’s history? I remember, as the one who stays behind, he’s the one who retains the most memories from the original incident and does some of the research that helps to prep the “modern” Losers (part 2). Maybe he begins researching earlier in this version?

    • themanwhomgravityforgot

      Definitely from the Black Spot club. If you pause, at 1:57, you can see the skin color of the hands, then the fire a few seconds later

  • Aaron Johnson

    I’m starting to think the horrendous and constant bullying might not be in this version and that’s okay by me. There is still no mention of Henry Bowers.

    • JDelwynn

      What do you mean? Henry and pals are in the trailer.

    • EvilHead1981

      They are still in there. There is a few parts of the trailer alluding to them and they are listed at the IMDb page.

  • Prince Of Darkness

    Henry Bowers driving a Trans Am is not a great sign, at least in the sense of how faithful they were to the book. Not many sixteen year old boys would bother picking on a bunch of ten year old kids, he’d be too busy trying to get laid at that age.It looks like Mike’s encounter with IT takes place at a meat packing plant instead of the ironworks ruins. I don’t think this really is a film version of IT so much as a movie “inspired” by the story. I still believe it would have been a great ten part mini series on FX, just keep Ryan Murphy away from it otherwise you would end up with the Village People playing the dead boys.

    • Frank Gambino

      I think he was 14 in the book and mentally unstable because of his dad. They were dirty poor too and definitely wouldnt have been able to afford any vehicle.

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