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New “Creating Pennywise” Featurette Includes Behind the Scenes ‘IT’ Footage

“I wanted to create something unsettling. This feeling that you never know what’s gonna happen when the clown’s around.”

To say that director Andy Muschietti and actor Bill Skarsgård did justice to Pennywise with this year’s IT would probably be a massive understatement. Skarsgård’s Pennywise is both deeply terrifying and instantly iconic in his own right; dare I say, the new Pennywise is one of the coolest movie monsters we’ve seen since the ’80s.

In this new featurette video just uploaded today, Muschietti, Skarsgård and other members of the cast and crew talk about the creation of the new Pennywise, who was kept away from the young stars in an effort to elicit a natural reaction of terror from them the first time they come face to face with the killer clown.

I was so freaked out,” recalled Finn Wolfhard.

The featurette video contains behind the scenes footage of Skarsgård on set as Pennywise, which is a real treat ahead of the forthcoming home video release.



  • McGilli

    Just watched this last night – waited for crowds to subside a bit! Great interpretation of Pennywise.

    Very happy they’ve made a new interpretation of the book. And, there were enough changes made to the story to keep me waiting for each next scene!

  • MrX13

    He was perfect as Pennywise and he was scary af! I loved IT and can’t wait for IT Ch 2

  • The perfect IT review:
    “If you don’t watch it… You’ll float too.”

  • astronauta69

    terrible adaptation

    • Hayden Koutras

      I keep seeing this on these forums exclusively and it’s left me so stunned.. how at all was it not faithful? 1990 was a terrible adaption. this perfectly captured the mood and story of the book, just without shit that wasn’t called for in the movie like Henry Bowers getting beat off and kids doing it in the sewers.

      • DukeStKing

        Well, the book was unnerving and creepy…as was Pennywise. Sadly, this movie had none of that. So in those ways alone, it was unfaithful.

      • astronauta69

        what they do with Mike was fucking terrible, Patrick doesn’t do anything, Victor and Belch just fucking disappear, Beverly being kidnapped is fucking ridiculous, Ben awakening her with a kiss is even more ridiculous, the fight between the losers is stupid and doesn’t serve for anything, the humor is too much, the ending with the kiss is so fucking cliché etc… even the miniseries was a more faithful adaptation

        • Bla Blah

          The kissvthing with Beverly is totally going to come back up. Remember the “kids me fat boy” scene

        • Hayden Koutras

          I will agree that what happened with mike was unfair and really unfortunate. But most of these things will come back up, definitely Belch and Victor, which i heard had death scenes filmed but were cut for part 2, and Ben kissing her will totally come back up as fuel for Pennywise.

  • Ima Badlady

    Even though it wasn’t a faithful adaption of part of the book, I think it’s excellent as it’s own thing.

  • Dave

    Was not scary nor was it jumpy. It was Stranger Things with a clown! I jumped more watching The Bye Bye Man & that was guff too.

    • Bla Blah

      Actually, Stranger Things is just IT without the clown. The writers of Stranger Things were supposed to write IT but opted out to do Stranger Things. A lot of their ideas (such as talking place in the 80s) went on to create Stranger Things. This was almost a decade ago. So no.

    • Trav

      You have right to your opinion, but you seem to be in the minority. I found it terrifying, as did many other people I know. Also, IT came before Stranger Things, and even the creators of that show have admitted that IT was a huge inspiration for the show.

    • DukeStKing

      I agree completely.

  • Brett Lovejoy

    Fucks me up just how much Andy looks like Bam Margera.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    i was correct in my original analysis: this movie was shit. the kid actors were good, pennywise was a beaver clown. that stupid ass lip, i wish i could ninja kick it so hard it popped out billy boy’s butthole

  • Necro

    I personally thought ‘IT’ was great! Skarsgaard as ‘Pennywise’ was great, the kids in the ‘Losers Club’ were great, the mood, the movie overall was great, and I can’t wait for chapter 2. That’s just my opinion! Now generationally speaking I hope Skarsgaard’s ‘Pennywise’ doesn’t completely obliterate what Tim Curry did with the character over time. Just recently I overheard young teens talking about this new film, which they loved, and they were completely unaware of the 1990 mini-series. I being the enthusiast I am couldn’t let that one go, so as politely as I could I interrupted their ‘don’t know shit’ conversation and set them straight. Long story short they were stoked to go watch it.

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