MM/SKM: Pennywise the Clown

Maybe it is not so good when you grow up, but this movie marks you when you are a child: Who watch Stephen King’s It and never looked at clowns the same way again? I do admit, I do like clowns. But, after watching Pennywise the Clown lure children so he could kill them. I never looked at clowns the same way again. When we are first introduced to Pennywise we already know that he is evil. We know that he is lurking in the shadows killing children. What we don’t know is how to stop him? How does he do what he does? We learn that he prays on the children’s dreams and feelings. He makes himself appear in the shape a child wants most. Like he appeared to a young boy who had lost his father. He preyed on this boy’s feelings for his father who he will never see again. The boy almost fell for it, but didn’t. We know that Pennywise is a foe that knows what children want. He knows how to get them to come to him. In the opening scene, he summons a child to him by just standing there. He just stands there! This child, who is a girl, sees the clown and wants to play with him. Pennywise comes to life in books, magazines, and newspapers. He frightens those who he wants to punish by making them see things that no one else can see. The white face and red hair is very stereotypical for a clown. But, when you add in sharp teeth and a face that melts with battery acid, then you got a scary monster. Pennywise, is not a real clown, yet he is quite an evil clown at that.


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