The connections between It and The Shining could tell us what even Pennywise fears

With the release of It and The Dark Tower (and, hell, even Gerald’s Game), more and more casual Stephen King fans are hearing tell of the “dark universe” that connects so many of his books. Pennywise and the Losers’ Club, for example, not only appear in It, but are also either referenced or seen in King books like The…

Stephen King breaks down the different levels of horror

Similar to trying to explain what makes a particular joke funny, it can sometimes be difficult to describe what exactly about horror movies makes us so scared. Sure, it’s easy to point to a gruesome monster or a well-timed jump scare and say, “That’s the scary part.” But what is it about those elements that makes our…

Hollywood’s new “it couple” is the Babadook and Pennywise

It can be horrifying to merely be alive in 2017, for myriad reasons. Hell, the endlessly sensationalist American Horror Story even set its current season in our world. Perhaps this increasing anxiety and paranoia is why we’ve flocked to horror films like Get Out and now It in record numbers—there’s something almost…

Revisit the 1990 It TV movie with this loony, 90-second mashup

Well, the analysts predicted it and the analysts were right: Everybody saw It this weekend. Even better? Andrés Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s freaky, meaty novel is not just a commercial success, but also a critical one—our review, for example, praises the film’s “nightmarish imagery” and careful…

Small-town cops advise residents to knock it off with the creepy It tributes

The small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania, home of some charming cafes and America’s first commercial pretzel bakery, is a lot like Derry, Maine, the setting of Stephen King’s It—minus the whole “clown eating local children” thing. Local law enforcement is also way more responsive to the threat of child-eating clowns…

Advertisement

Chicago, join the Losers' Club and see Stephen King's It early and for free 

After the disappointment of The Dark Tower, there’s a lot of pressure on Andrés Muschietti, director of the upcoming feature-film version of Steven King’s sprawling doorstop of a novel It, to get his adaptation right. All signs so far point to a monster (no pun intended) opening weekend for the film, with a series of…

Pennywise speaks in the new trailer for Stephen King’s It

Given that Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise was clearly the best part of the 1990 TV mini-series version of Stephen King’s It, there’s been a lot of scrutiny surrounding Bill Skarsgård’s performance as immortal child-eating clown/shapeshifting manifestation of primal fear Pennywise in It’s upcoming big-screen…