It has been more successful than anyone could have imagined. The remake of the Stephen King classic has been smashing records left, right and centre. It is the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, having made nearly $700 million at box office so far. That’s a lot of millions.
A sequel that explores Pennywise’s past is already confirmed to be on the way - which is entirely unsurprising given how much cash it’s certain to make - and also means terrifying clowns are going to continue to haunt our dreams for the next few years at the very least.
Bill Skarsgard’s turn as Pennywise did an excellent job of capturing the sheer horror Tim Curry brought to the role in the ‘90s TV series, and he could have been even more scarring if this deleted scene was included in the final cut.
We’ve already heard about the ‘orgy scene’ from the book, which was obviously too much for the film, but it’s now emerged that there was another scene that was considered where he EATS A BABY.
Bill Skarsgard explained in a podcast interview with Bryan Safi: “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600’s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise].
“The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what IT is, or where Pennywise came from.”
The script was read out on the podcast, and has since been posted on Reddit.
Here’s the script in full:
1637: INT. WELLHOUSE - NIGHT ABIGAIL, 19. Rushes in and SLAMS the door. As if trying to keep Satan himself out. She clutches her BABY to her breast. Kneels by DYING EMBERS in the hearth. She blows on ‘em but a flame never catches. Her Baby starts to fuss… ABIGAIL: Hush now, shhhh… it’ll be - She stops.
Realises that the SMALL CANDLE CHANDELIER slowly spins above her. As if some unnatural force has caused its light to rotate around the room, like tiny primitive searchlights. She hears something slithering in the gray shadows by the Well. Occasionally we catch glimpses of a BLACK SILHOUETTE. Shifting its shape. As if trying to decide on a form.
ABIGAIL (CONT’D): Please, Devil… leave us be…
Shape shifts again. A beam of light passes, revealing PENNYWISE, naked, lithe, flesh pale and translucent, a half- formed imitation of a human, opens his maw full of large razor sharp teeth, dripping with saliva. As the Tin Can spins clockwise, Pennywise moves counter around the room. Each time the light hits his face - It’s different. A Man. A Woman. A Beast. A Monster.
PENNYWISE: You mistake me woman. No mere devil, I am the Eater of Worlds. His voice is guttural, unnatural.
ABIGAIL: But my child, not my child… He is innocent…
PENNYWISE: So you say. The Baby SCREAMS. Pennywise smiles.
PENNYWISE (CONT’D): Beautiful fear… ABIGAIL: I pray Thee, take me. Abigail shuffles back. PENNYWISE: I will. And then, him. And thy husband and the rest of thy children, and all the savages who brought you here. And when you all rot in the earth, I will pick thy bones dry until no meat is left to pick. And then I will seek out thy bones and consume thy souls until nothing is left but the weeds! (beat) Or you will occupy yourself otherwise and not interfere. I will take her and you will live, and those of thy other children - in whom I take no interest. And you will thank ME fever and frost did not damn you to the soil.
Abigail looks down at her baby again. She’s shaking, doesn’t want to let go. Behind her, the Door OPENS. A Little Boy, 6, asks - BOY: Mama?
ABIGAIL: NO! OUT! NOW!
Frightened by his mother, the boy runs. Abigail turns back to Pennywise. Wherever he may be now in the room. The light somehow seems to spin faster now. She kisses her baby and sets it down. It BAWLS.
ABIGAIL: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…
She turns away from the baby. Faces those dying embers. We keep on her face as they seem to begin GLOWING BRIGHTER AS - OVER HER SHOULDER - OUT OF FOCUS - Pennywise crawls over to the Baby and starts to feast. SHARP CRY FROM THE BABY CUT OFF as we hear a CRUNCH. Abigail continues to look into the BRIGHT ORANGE GLOW of not the flickering fire… …but the DEADLIGHTS. Her expression changing. Fear. Denial. Grief. Acceptance. And then nothing. Just a glazed look. AS IF NOTHING HORRIFIC IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEHIND HER.
Honestly, we’re glad there’s no video of this. Even reading it is horrifying enough.
(Images: Warner Bros)