The new trailer for Stephen King’s ‘It’ remake has caused quite a stir in the movie world – with both fans of the original novel, and 1990 television miniseries speaking out against the upcoming film. It has also been reported that a number of real life clowns have voiced their concerns about the movie, labelling the new trailer both ‘disgusting’ and ‘sensationalist rubbish’.
Stephen King’s ‘It’ is one of the most popular American horror novels of its generation. The book centres around a group of children in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by an evil being that most commonly takes the form of a clown named ‘Pennywise’.
‘Pennywise’ was given his on-screen debut in a television miniseries, where he was brilliantly portrayed by British actor Tim Curry. A feature length film adaptation has been in development since 2009, with the first official trailer surfacing on March 28.
‘It’ is set to star Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs and Jack Dylan Grazer, and will be released in cinemas from September 8; however, a large portion of the clown community are fearing that the film will drastically affect future business.
Speaking to the Press Association, Celine Harlan (who performs as Tickles the clown) explained: “It’s a horror movie and it affects people’s thoughts and opinions on what a clown is. Unfortunately, it’s not like Jaws which is unrealistic, we do have clowns in society, and yes it will affect business, of course it will.” “I have parents and teachers phoning me… they’re scared to hire you for 35 kids in case they’ve got one child who will be upset.”
Harlan’s concerns were echoed by Matthew Faint (director of Hackney’s clown museum), who stated: “It’s a horrible movie and we’d like to distance ourselves from the subject of scary clowns, We fight our corner as proper clowns because it’s basically a scary character in a clown face which we don’t think much of.”