Day 12: Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. Our clown weekend wraps up with Pennywise, the dancing clown. It is part coming of age tale and part monster tale. Published in 1986, the novel tells the story of a group of misfit kids and their struggle to fight off an evil entity once as children, and then again after they’ve grown to adulthood. The monster, known as It, feeds on fear and often took the form of a Pennywise the Clown in an effort to lure children to their demise. In the novel, the entity shape-shifts many times into the children’s worst fears.
In 1990, a two part miniseries was released with Tim Curry as Pennywise, for which critics praised the role. Part one reveals the events of the children in the “Losers Club” facing their fears and vowing to avenge the deaths of the neighborhood children. Entering the sewers, they confront and defeat the clown, agreeing to return should It come back. Part two details the events of the “Losers Club” as adults, having to return to town to defeat It once again.
Did you know: On the DVD commentary track, the actors note that Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise was so creepy and realistic that everyone avoided him during the filming.