Thanks to both the best-selling novel and the 1990s television adaptation, Stephen King's IT is a notorious story - with no part of it more notorious than its opening sequence. Featuring a young boy named Georgie and the first appearance of Pennywise The Dancing Clown, the events that unfold are the stuff of nightmares... and now you can get a brand new dose of it courtesy of this clip from director Andres Muschietti's upcoming movie!
This new clip from IT isn't the full scene from the film - instead a trimmed-down version that is made to fit into a one minute package - but there's no questioning its effectiveness. The whole scene plays on the inherent creepiness of an innocent child failing to recognize the incredible threat that is right in front of him, and it keeps you holding your breath right up until the screen fades to black at the very end.
Despite his death, Georgie (played by Jackson Robert Scott) does continue to play an expanded role in the story of IT, as he is a recurring presence throughout the film psychologically torturing his big brother, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher). That being said, the real take away from this scene is the excessively terrifying presence of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. Thanks to Tim Curry's intensely memorable performance from the 1990 version, the young actor had a high bar to clear with his turn as the famed horror villain, and I can tell you having seen the full movie that he absolutely does, even when working with very familiar material.
This sequence is very much the one that kicks things off plot-wise in IT, as the death of Georgie is not an event that Bill can just get past. Along with his friends Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stan (Wyatt Oleff), Mike (Chosen Jacobs) and Beverly (Sophia Lillis), he begins to investigate the strange disappearances all around their home town of Derry, Maine - but what they discover is far more horrifying than anything they could expect.
Adapted by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dabuerman, Andres Muschietti's IT is an adaptation of just the first half of Stephen King's epic novel - and after years of waiting, it's finally almost here. Arriving more than a month ahead of Halloween, the highly-anticipated blockbuster is set to arrive in theaters on September 8th. If you're as excited as we are, be sure to stay tuned on CinemaBlend, as we'll have our review, interviews, editorials and much more coming your way in the next few weeks!