When IT was originally announced to receive a silver screen adaptation, we’re sure that despite any excitement shared by fans of Stephen King’s original novel and the television miniseries, none of us could’ve predicted what a box office juggernaut it’d become. Seriously, the dough that it raked in was pretty much unheard of for horror movies, a feat normally reserved for summertime blockbusters and action flicks.
So, now that the home video release is imminent, director Andy Muschietti is doing his job when it comes to keeping our interest. In a recent post on his Instagram page, he declassified some concept art for the now infamous “killmouth” scene, which he jokingly described as “one of the comedic highlights of the film.”
Here, check it out.
In all honesty, this movie could’ve easily failed in the hands of the wrong filmmaker, but in this writer’s view, Muschietti succeeded on so many levels. Not only did he actually manage to impress Stephen King himself with his efforts – something that not even Stanley Kubrick, director of The Shining, was able to do – but he was able to bring such heart to the characters, in addition to creating levels of tension and surrealism that forced moviegoers to come back for more.
Of course, it was the “killmouth” scene that set the tone for the entire pic, letting us know that Pennywise wasn’t simply some clown squatting in the sewer system. No. He’s an omniscient being that can take on many forms, and finds the arms of small children to be tastier than any pop-pop-popcorn, thus making him a force to be reckoned with.
IT is slated to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on January 9, so be sure to witness the horror for yourself when the time comes.