No one expects warm, fuzzy feels from a film starring a killer clown, but even hardened horror fans found much to frighten them in Andrés Muschietti's movie adaptation of IT. Despite that though, there are still a number of disturbing scenes from Stephen King's original book that floated onto the cutting room floor, even with the freedom of the R-rating.
Sure, controversial moments from the adult section of the novel may still appear in the upcoming sequel, but the new IT movie hacked away at the book's most unsettling scenes faster than Pennywise at a children's buffet. Don't worry though, if you're still able to sleep at night after watching the Dancing Clown chow down on some kids, you'll want to rest for at least 27 years after you've discovered what was left out of the movie. Settle in as we dive into the darkest recesses of Stephen King's genius, picking at the bones of IT's five most unsettling scenes.
1. Sibling Rivalry
Pennywise is an ancient, shape-shifting entity who feeds on the fears of children, but even IT is arguably less unnerving than Patrick Hockstetter, the psychopathic bully who helps torment the Losers' Club.
Not adverse to masturbating while torturing animals, the monstrous teen was at his most evil in the chapter in which he murdered his baby brother, smothering him to death out of fear that he may be replaced. In the horrific flashback, Patrick is sexually aroused by this act and later on, the boy simply stares transfixed at the television while his mother starts to scream after discovering the body.
2. Derry's Blind Spot
Much like the evil that lurks under the surface of Derry, racial prejudice is threaded throughout Stephen King's IT, most often focused on the character of Mike Hanlon. The N-word is used 102 times in the novel and that doesn't count the various other slurs used by the book's heroes and villains alike. That's right, even fellow Loser Richie Tozier is guilty of using prejudiced language in what he himself refers to as his "N****r Jim Voice":
"Lawks-a-mussy, it's be Haystack Calhoun!' Richie screamed. 'Don't fall on me, Mistuh Haystack, suh!"
Yes, Tozier only uses these words in jest, but both the movie's updated setting and the audiences of today are far removed from the close-minded views that pervaded the book's original '50s setting.
3. Pennywise Isn't The Only Monster In Derry
As if physical and psychological abuse weren't awful enough, poor Beverley Marsh is the only Loser who's also subjected to sexual abuse throughout Stephen King's book. For the most part though, this is implied in the creepy way that her father treats her, hinting that he desires Beverley's 14-year-old body.
While the movie and the childhood segments of the novel only allude to this for the most part, there's a moment later in the book when Pennywise brings these unnatural cravings to life, embodying Al's perverse morality with these hideous words:
"I beat you because I wanted to F**K you, Bevvie, that's all I wanted to do, I wanted to F**K you, I wanted to EAT you, I wanted to eat your P***Y, I wanted to SUCK your C**T up between my teeth, YUM-YUM, Bevvie, oooohhhhh, YUMMY IN MY TUMMY."
While this quote wouldn't potentially appear onscreen until the sequel to Chapter One hits cinemas, it seems safe to assume that the second movie adaptation will tone the incest down, much like the first film did.
4. 'Like A Snake With No Backbone'
The surprising amount of queer content in IT is almost wholly erased by Muschietti's adaptation of the book, so it comes as little surprise that the most controversial depiction of this is nowhere to be seen in the movie.
Aforementioned psycho and all around bad egg Patrick Hocksetter takes some time out from masturbating and torturing animals to give fellow bully Henry Bowers a quick tug of his own while Beverley looks on in horror:
"He had one hand between Henry’s thighs and one hand between his own. One hand was flogging Henry’s thing gently; with his other hand Patrick was rubbing his own. Except he wasn’t exactly rubbing it–he was kind of… squeezing it, pulling it, letting it flop back down. 'What is he doing?' Beverly wondered, dismayed."
Although he initially seems to enjoy this "flogging," Henry lashes out at Patrick after he tries to finish Bowers off with a blowjob. Not only was this decidedly ungrateful on Henry's part, but what's truly controversial about this scene is the way in which it explores teenage sexuality through such despicable characters. Of course, few fans of the book seem to be discussing this scene's omission from the movie and it's all because of one other sex scene in the book that's arguably even more sordid in nature.
5. Doing 'IT'
You knew it was coming, long before Beverley Marsh herself did. Yes, we are of course talking about that sex scene, the one that unites the Losers' Club after they first defeat #Pennywise under the streets of Derry.
Lost in the sewers and with nowhere to turn, Beverley realizes that the only way for the group to escape is for each boy to take it in turns and put their "thing" inside of her. By losing their virginity together, the Losers' Club can then once more tap into the power of the Turtle and find their way to safety. Yes, this scene is even more insane than the Deadlights themselves, no Muschietti didn't include it in his adaptation and yes, Stephen King himself continues to defend the sequence, even now.
Whether you believe that the sewer gang-bang should have appeared in the movie or not, it's fascinating to see how Muschietti tried to remain faithful to #IT while still navigating the controversy of #StephenKing's original text. It's no wonder then that Cary Fukunaga's original script never made it into production. After all, there's only so many controversial plot points one can add to a movie before the inevitable starfish attacks and incestuous rapes take things a step too far.
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