The first four minutes of the upcoming IT movie have leaked online – and there’s not much to say, aside from the fact that Bill Skarsgard’s interpretation of Pennywise The Clown is very unsettling.
At the request of Warner Bros., we have removed the footage.
It’s not exactly a surprise, considering that Skarsgard said that he actually terrorized the child actors behind the scenes of the movie.
Per the actor:
“It’s a really weird thing to go, ‘If I succeed at doing what I’m trying to do with this character, I’ll traumatize kids.’ On set, I wasn’t very friendly or goofy. I tried to maintain some sort of weirdness about the character, at least when I was in all the makeup. At one point, they set up this entire scene, and these kids come in, and none of them have seen me yet. Their parents have brought them in, these little extras, right? And then I come out as Pennywise, and these kids—young, normal kids—I saw the reaction that they had.”
“Some of them were really intrigued, but some couldn’t look at me, and some were shaking. This one kid started crying. He started to cry and the director yelled, “Action!” And when they say “action,” I am completely in character. So some of these kids got terrified and started to cry in the middle of the take, and then I realized, ‘Holy shit. What am I doing? What is this? This is horrible.”
The movie is already being called one of the 5 scariest films EVER made – by Joe Hill:
“Andres’ adaptation of IT is one of the 5 scariest films ever made,” Hill exclaimed. “It’s tremendously humane. You love the characters in it. But it is just relentlessly terrifying.”
The film hits theaters September 8th.