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It  (2 discs) ...
(2 hours 15 minutes)
|Suggested Event Use:||Halloween|
- Suspense / Horror
Synopsis: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shapeshifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Reaction: Only half the story, and it eliminates the time jumping nature of the book and the original TV miniseries. But it's well made and effectively scary.
Personal Rating: 7/10
Random Trivia For This Title:
- Besides the opening scene in the sewer drain with Georgie and the scene towards the climax in which Bill shoots him in the forehead while in the sewer with the rest of the Losers, Pennywise does not blink.
- A deleted scene on the Blu-ray reveals that Henry Bowers killed the remaining members of his gang after murdering his father, explaining why they are not present when he confronts the Losers Club in the climax. In the novel, It murders his entire gang.
- Other actors who were rumored to play Pennywise included Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, Richard Armitage, Tom Hiddleston, Jackie Earle Haley, Jim Carrey, Kirk Acevedo, Willem Dafoe, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Weaving, Doug Jones and Channing Tatum.
- Finn Wolfhard (Richie) came up with the idea at the end where Eddie gets thrown up on by the leper. Originally, Wolfhard suggested that his character, Ritchie, gets thrown up on by Pennywise since he's the only one in the Losers Club that nothing really bad has happen to or doesn't really get harmed by Pennywise before their big climactic battle. Director Andy Muschietti considered it but later decided that it should be Jack Dylan Grazer who gets thrown up on since his character, Eddie, is germaphobic.
- Bill Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, appeared with the original actor of Pennywise, Tim Curry, in The Hunt for Red October.
- Stephen R. Hart auditioned to play Pennywise.
- Marlon Taylor, Jarred Blancard, and Brandon Crane, who played the respective roles of Mike, Henry, and Ben in It, all reached out to the new actors for this film (Chosen Jacobs for Taylor, Nicholas Hamilton for Blancard and Jeremy Ray Taylor for Crane) and spoke to them. They all went on to say they were very pleased with the casting and are excited to see the film.
- Sophia Lillis is not scared by horror movies and actually laughed the first time she saw Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
- Bill Skarsgård was the fourth actor offered the role of Pennywise. Tim Curry was offered the chance to reprise the role during early development, but turned it down. Ben Mendelsohn was also offered the role, and was interested, but turned it down when he could not agree with the studio on his salary. Will Poulter was then offered the role and accepted, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out after production delays pushed filming back a year. Skarsgård was then given the role.
- During early stages of production, Chloë Grace Moretz was strongly considered for the role of Beverly. However, due to the time the project spent in development hell, casting did not begin until Moretz was 19. She was deemed too old for the role, and Sophia Lillis was cast instead. Coincidentally, Moretz starred in Carrie, another Stephen King adaption.
- Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that Bill Skarsgård spoke in Swedish sometimes while in character as Pennywise.
- Bill Skarsgård actually was able to smile in such a weird way that it really intrigued the director and now it is Pennywise's iconic smile.
- Sophia Lillis says that she had to stand on a box in some scenes as, at only five feet tall, she is the shortest of the cast.
- John Oliver was such a fan of the novel that he was cast as an extra in this film. Oliver can be seen in the town's diner.
- A popular fan idea is to have the child actors from the original miniseries return to play the adult roles. However, Bill would have to be recast due to the death of Jonathan Brandis. Marlon Taylor and Jarred Blancard, who played the roles of Mike and Henry, have both said that if they were offered the chance to reprise their roles, they would accept.
- Both Wyatt Oleff and Jack Dylan Grazer originally auditioned for the role of Bill Denbrough. Yet, they ended up getting the roles of Stanley Uris and Eddie Kaspbrak, respectively. And Jaeden Martell originally auditioned for the role of Eddie Kaspbrak, yet ended up getting the role of Bill Denbrough.
- Hugo Weaving and Bill Skarsgård were the two finalists for the role of Pennywise after Will Poulter left the project. Skarsgård eventually got the role, reportedly due to his ability to play a more fun and child-like Pennywise, in addition to a creepy Pennywise, while Weaving reportedly fell short in playfulness and could only play creepy.
- In order to prepare for his role as Henry Bowers, Nicholas Hamilton studied the performance of Jarred Blancard's performance of the character in It.
- While on his way to the audition and wearing clown makeup, Bill Skarsgård, at the suggestion of director Andy Muschietti, tried out different types of maniacal laughs. He ended up getting perplexed stares from creeped out pedestrians. He says, "Andy [Muschietti] had also asked to explore clown laughter, so I'm sitting in the car and I feel ridiculous, but I thought I might as well absorb it and use it. So I just started to laugh like crazy in the car, as I'm just bearing down on pedestrians".
- Though CGI was used in some scenes, Bill Skarsgård was actually able to move his eyes in different directions in some scenes at the behest of Andy Muschietti. At first, it was uncertain if he was able to achieve this effect on his own, yet Skarsgård assures, "I can do that." The purpose of this was to add to an already unsettling and disturbing look to Pennywise.
- During an interview while promoting the film, Bill Skarsgård spoke about a humorous incident while filming a scene where Pennywise was terrorizing Eddie. Skarsgård noticed how his performance was upsetting Jack Dylan Grazer and, when the scene ended, asked if he was okay. Grazer immediately broke character and began complimenting Skarsgård and his performance. Skarsgård was left confused and impressed at Grazer's attitude, calling the child actors "little professionals".
- When Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is in the "clown room," there is a mannequin dressed as the 1990 mini-series version of Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry, sitting on the floor (left side of the screen).
- Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andy Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his portrayal of Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It. Skarsgård wanted to make sure that his performance as Pennywise was convincing for audiences. He states, "In order for this movie to be as effective as the book and the series, I have to scare a whole generation. My take was that Pennywise functions very simply. Nothing much is going on in terms of what he's thinking - he's animalistic and instinctive". He admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during and after production.
- About six months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job."
- The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things, which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King. They also worked with Alexander Skarsgård, brother of Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), on their debut feature film Hidden.
- The cast of the "Losers Club" were asked whom they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt, and Jaeden Martell (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale. Wolfhard and Lillis are the only actors of the young cast who had eventually gotten their wish, as that Hader and Chastain ended up being cast as the older versions of Ritchie and Beverly, respectively, in the sequel.
- The refrigerator scene was filmed involving Bill Skarsgård partially contorting his body and CGI. Attached to wires, Skarsgård was filmed lying at the bottom of the refrigerator on his back to which the wires would pull him out of the refrigerator and rotate his body as he steps out. Portions of his body were digitally built in order for limbs and body parts to be maneuvered in various ways. The unfolding was hand-animated. Skarsgård's head ultimately remained intact in the shot. VFX supervisor [?] Arnaud Brisebois states, "I actually suggested to my animation supervisor Yvon Jardel that he animate in reverse". He mentions further, "So Pennywise would step back into the fridge so that he can push himself inside. It gave a better choreography to enter and fold onto itself than to try and do it the other way". Brisebois says that he knew this was going to become an iconic horror shot.
- Director Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified.
- Some lines of dialogue were improvised by the actors. Much of the Richie / Eddie banter was improv. Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) actually wrote a lot of Finn Wolfhard's (Richie) jokes.
- The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may still be alive. However, author Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, stating that the character is too scary, even for him.
- The teeth prosthetics that Bill Skarsgård wore as Pennywise made him drool profusely. Director Andy Muschietti liked this as that the drooling adds onto the ravenous nature of Pennywise.
- Bill Skarsgård did research into the "psycho universe" to find his own way to perform Pennywise. He got inspiration from The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, The Dark Knight, and The Silence of the Lambs.
- The Paul Bunyan statue can be seen during the Fourth of July parade scene. In the novel, It uses the Paul Bunyan statue to terrorize Richie.
- Around the time of the theatrical release of this film, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, there was a prank that involved a series of red balloons tied to sewer grates throughout the town mimicking one of the book covers of the "It" novel. The prank had frightened the citizens, including the Lititz police force.
- Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) was the first one out of all the kids to work with Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise). During their scene, Grazer would cry and gag while Skarsgård was right in his face yelling and drooling. Skarsgård was genuinely concerned for Grazer and asked him if he was okay. Grazer looked right at him and said "Love what you're doing with the character!"
- Shipped to cinemas under the code name "POUND FOOLISH" a literal opposite to Pennywise.
- The first one to die in the film is Georgie Denbrough (younger brother of Bill Denbrough), right after losing the paper boat. One of his last lines is "Bill's gonna kill me!" The actor who plays Pennywise (who kills Georgie) is played by Bill Skarsgård.
- Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie) is the youngest in the movie and stated that he wasn't as scared of Pennywise as he thought he would be. He said he actually had a fun time doing his scenes, and that Bill Skarsgård was always joking around.