If you have a fear of clowns you may want to look away now.
The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling 1986 novel IT is due for release next week and looks likely to create a whole new generation of coulrophobes.
The story centers around a group of outcast kids, known as “The Losers Club”, who discover the reason why local kids are going missing is an ancient evil that is terrifying the small town of Derry, Maine by using their fears and phobias against them, most often appearing as Pennywise the clown to attract children.
IT appears to be the first part of duology; part two will pick up the story with the children as adults 30 years later, when the monster returns to terrorize Derry. While the book is set in 1957-58 and 1984-85 it looks as though the films will be 1989 and 2019.
This isn’t the first time IT has been adapted for the screen – in 1990 there was a four-part miniseries with Tim Curry as Pennywise.
Given the popularity of Stranger Things, which pays heavy homage to Stephen King, and the rise of 80s nostalgia, it will be interesting to see how IT performs at the box office.
Early reviews for the film have been very positive, and Joe Hill, King’s son and a horror writer in his own right, has said “Andres’ adaptation of IT is one of the 5 scariest films ever made”.
If you want a taste of the terror to come, here’s the trailer:
IT opens on September 8.