Few things have the ability to induce universal terror quite like clowns. I'm not sure what it is that makes them so scary, but Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise in 1990's It probably had something to do with it. Now it seems that the upcoming remake will double down on that idea and make the legendary creepy clown even scarier than ever. A new photo of Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise has just surfaced online, and it's honestly the stuff of nightmares. Check it out below to see for yourself.
UPDATE: At the request of the studio, the image has been removed.
If that photo (originally shared by creature designer Tom Woodruff Jr.) of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise doesn't instantly sell you on the upcoming remake of It, then nothing will. The first thing you will notice upon looking at this photo is the fact that this new Pennywise definitely shares a lot of similarities with Tim Curry's original while also standing on its own. There are quite a few visual cues that remind us of the source material, but the remake has endeavored to make this version of the villain far creepier and more sinister looking this time around. He has a classic, Victorian era look to his outfit, and the paint on his face gives him a terrifyingly demonic visage.
Above all else, this photo definitely seems to sell the idea that Bill Skarsgard is enjoying himself as the horror icon. Pennywise has become one of the most instantly recognizable horror movie characters of all time, and Tim Curry's performance is equally legendary. Skarsgard has a lot to live up to with his portrayal of the terrifying clown, but he is very clearly up to the challenge. Just look at that damn smile.
You don't look scared yet, so let's fix that. Check out one of the most iconic scenes from the original It for a sobering reminder of how terrifying Tim Curry was as Pennywise in the 1990 Stephen King adaptation:
We cannot even begin to express how excited we are for the upcoming It remake. Taking place in a small Maine town, the film follows a group of boys known as The Losers Club as they find themselves confronted with an ancient evil that takes the form of Pennywise The Dancing Clown. It's an absolutely classic horror premise, and the 1990 original is one of the few horror movies hasn't received a legitimate remake yet, which means all eyes are on Andres Muschietti's update to honor that legacy.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates related to the upcoming remake of It as more details become available to us. The film will scare its way into theaters on September 8, 2017.