While everyone has certain fears or phobias, there are a few that are pretty universal: heights, darkness, and murderous clowns. The latter has been the thing of nightmares for countless individuals, which is part of what makes Stephen King’s It such a popular novel and miniseries. Tim Curry’s performance and look as Pennywise/It have become horror icons, so many have been wondering exactly how Bill Skarsgard would be able to step into such big (and oversized) shoes in the upcoming big screen remake. While we got our first terrifying look at the new Pennywise about a month ago, were finally able to see the full look. Don’t worry, it’s as horrifying as you’d expect. Check it out.
Does anyone else have goosebumps?
The above image comes to us from Entertainment Weekly, which seems have the first look at all things It. They had the opportunity to speak with It‘s costume designer Jane Bryant, who went into some detail about the new costume. For those who are familiar with the original miniseries, Pennywise’s new look is quite the change. Rather than oversized and floppy, Bill Skarsgard’s costume seems much more curated and purposeful. We see a well fitted suit for the monster, and its style points to the fact that Pennywise has been around the block killing children for a long ass time.
Jane Bryant had to say the following about her vision for Pennywise’s new clown garb:
The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time. There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.
Did the costume suddenly become even creepier to you guys? Rather than vaguely clown-like, Pennywise’s new costume is purposeful and tells the story of the clown we all love to fear. Those familiar with the miniseries or Stephen King novel will know that Pennywise comes by every 30 years to murder children in the town of Derry, Maine. As such, he’s presumably seen centuries go by in the blink of an eye. Since Pennywise’s costume has a specific time period associated with it, we can assume that It came to be at around the Elizabethan period.
Pennywise’s new costume might actually hint at some ways the new It will set itself apart from its predecessor. Part of what makes Pennywise so terrifying is that we don’t really know much about the monster, aside from his appetite for murder. But since the costume seems to hint at an origin time period, perhaps the new movie will actually explore his backstory. Movies in general have been attempting to flesh out their villains more, so this might be the perfect opportunity to give us more information on Pennywise, as well as give the It remake a chance to do something its predecessor never did.
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