If you're not into clowns, or you're deathly afraid of them, or hell, you are a clown, then the last couple of years have not been pleasant for you. Between a wave of creepy clown sightings and Stephen King's It coming soon to cinemas, you've probably had a crappy time of it.
Well, it's time to pull up those oversized pants and strap on those big red shoes, because 2017 ain't over yet, Bozo. With the second trailer for It dropping during the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, things are about to get a whole lot scarier for people who suffer with coulrophobia. Check out the trailer below.
Let's hope you were wearing your brown pants while you watched that.
The word on the street is that It will be more faithful to the source material of #StephenKing's 1986 horror novel than the popular 1990 miniseries was. But how closely will the deaths in the cinematic release mirror those that occurred within the pages of the book? There were some deaths in there that seem difficult or highly improbably to bring to life on the big screen. Here are nine of them.
1. George Denbrough
- The likelihood of his big-screen death? No
Georgie's death in the 1990 miniseries pales in comparison to his final moments in the book, even with the killer performance of Tim Curry and his sharp teeth and sinister red balloon. And while the quotes about floating and balloons will feasibly remain in the movie, the sight of Pennywise ripping little Georgie's arm off — and what the first person to arrive on the scene witnessed — will most likely be left out. It would make one helluva beginning, but no.
2. Patrick Hockstetter
- The likelihood of his big-screen death? Yes
Patrick is not only a bully to the members of the Losers' Club, but to cute, cuddly animals, too. What happens to budding psychopaths who enjoy torturing and killing animals? Well, in the book, flying leeches is what happens. However the film decides to take care of Patrick, I doubt he'll get the honor of an offscreen death like little Georgie might.
3. Vic And Belch
- The likelihood of their big-screen deaths? Yes
At one point in the book, the main schoolyard bully Henry Bowers and his two henchmen Victor "Vic" Criss and Reginald "Belch" Huggins follow the Losers into the sewers with the intention of killing them. However, It had other plans; Vic is decapitated and Belch mutilated, leaving Henry to go insane. Why will we see the two bullies meet their gruesome end? The same reason Patrick bought the leech farm — bullies always get their satisfying comeuppance.
4. Adrian Mellon
- The likelihood of his big-screen death? Sort of
One of the deaths that was in the original book but not in the 1990 miniseries, Mellon was the first Derry death some 30 years after the original events. While attending the town fair, three homophobic youths attacked Mellon, hurling a flurry of fists, feet and insults at him over his sexuality before throw him off a bridge.
It's then that #Pennywise the Dancing Clown reappears, 27 years after the Losers' Club sent him packing. The clown finished Mellon off, but the youths are accused of his murder. In Part 2, the movies future sequel, Adrian Mellon might make an appearance, but it's highly doubtful his sexual orientation and the homophobia that was prevalent in King's book will come into play. The bridge and Pennywise, though? Oh, yes. There will be clowns, there will be water.
5. 88 Children, All At The Same Time
- The likelihood of these big-screen deaths? Sweet Jesus, no
Something that was more talked about in the book than the miniseries were the events that kicked off each killing spree It embarked on — and also the events that happened to end each spree. Following a tragic event in 1904 that resulted in a high body count, in 1906 It decided to go out with a bang — during a freakin' Easter egg hunt, no less. More than 100 people, including 88 children, would die when an iron factory exploded during the festive chocolate pursuit, all caused by the evil It. It's a safe bet that the audience will not see 352 little limbs flying through the air, or eight of the bodies mysteriously "disappearing" — into It's belly.
6. Stan Uris
- The likelihood of his big-screen death? Yes, unfortunately
In part two of the miniseries, as in the book, Stan decides that ending his life is preferable to returning to Derry to face #It again. The suicide is not shown in the miniseries, but this is probably going to be one of the instances where the movie shadows the book, letting us witness the act in its entirety. Just like Georgie's death will kick off the movie, Stan's suicide will be one way of kicking off Part 2 with a morbid bang.
7. Bev's Innocence
- The likelihood of the big-screen death of her innocence? No way in hell
As if battling an evil, murderous, supernatural monster wasn't enough trauma for these kids, King decided to end the part of the book about the Losers' childhood on a very bizarre note. After defeating It and driving the monster into hiding for another 30-ish years, the Losers' Club gets lost trying to exit the sewer. What comes next is a blood oath, with King describing a sexual act that "connected childhood and adulthood."
Really, it was a glimpse into just how eccentric King's mind could be. Read the Stephen King Message Board, and if you're yet to read the book, you'll be able to piece together what went down. I can promise you, there won't be any child orgies in this movie.
- The likelihood of It's big-screen death? Yes
If the film truly is to follow the book, and not the overused trope of the evil monster coming back to life in the final seconds, then It has to die. Whether the death will involve a hallucinogenic turtle — who incidentally is also the creator of the universe — remains unknown, but It must perish in some way or another.
- The likelihood of its big-screen death? Maybe
A novel (sorry) ending to the remake would be to follow the book and have a huge storm wipe out the town, signifying the end of not only It, but of everything connected to it, including the town and the Losers' memories. A flood taking out the entire town would be appropriate, since a major tragedy always marks the beginning or end of It's killing sprees.
As gruesome as this movie is set to be, nine deaths, both literal and figurative (little Bev is looking at you, King), are most likely going to be a fraction of the death toll we see in It and its follow-up movie.
Stephen King's It will hit cinemas on September 8. If you've read all 1,100-ish pages of the book, which death or deaths are you looking forward to the most, you twisted little... Let me know in the comments below.