Though we’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to glean a little insight to — which will be Andrés Muschietti — a few were finally posted to Instagram earlier this week and have sparked a little internal debate over what the new and updated Pennywise could look like.
Will the reboot stay close to the aesthetics of the original, or will they look to a bunch of other f*cking terrifying clowns, like the ones below for example, for fresh inspo? And what could that mean for IT‘s aesthetic?
10 terrifying clowns that could inspire Pennywise’s new look:
1. Ronald McDonald
Given that this creepy sod spends his days floggin’ crap to kids, Pennywise would probably feel right at home in this kindred spirit’s get-up. His jarringly bright onesie and con-man-esque striped sleeves lend themselves perfectly for a life of masked crime, and don’t get me started on the Rihanna circa 2010 hairdo.
Also, for creep confirmation, check out this cupped-nosed NOPE a.k.a Ronald McDonald OG:
2. Zeebo from Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
Grating shades seem to be the go-to palate for clowns who want to terrorize the living shit out of you and haunt your dreams for eternity, and Zeebo from the ’90s anthology series Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is perhaps the brightest of them all. Pennywise could take note to include clashing polka-dot patterns to confuse his victims before piercing their soul with freshly installed infra-red eyes.
3. John Wayne Gacy a.k.a Killer Clown
This charming fellow haunted Illinois in the ’70s, murdering and sexually assaulting at least 33 teenage boys and young men, so that’s a good start. Pennywise carried balloons anyway, so that’s nothing new, but his update could stick some fucking huge pompoms on himself because nothing quite says “I like to asphyxiate children,” like a selection of multi-colored furry balls.
4. Captain Spaulding from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects
I think it’s the facial hair and rotting teeth that really offset the whole hipster vibe of Rob Zombie’s roadside museum-owning madman, Captain Spaulding. To be fair, Pennywise’s gob was rancid AF anyway but an accentuated black rim atop each tooth wouldn’t do any harm. Add some mutton chops and bingo, It‘s got attitude.
5. The cracked out firefighter in The Brave Little Toaster
I feel like someone needs to explain why this addition to 1987 children’s movie The Brave Little Toaster was allowed in the first place, because the scene in which the cute little toaster is attacked by a clown dressed as a firefighter is 100% not ok:
The lesson Pennywise could learn here outfit-wise though, is that masquerading as a valuable member of society rather than just a creepy-ass-clown may make the whole sneaking up on his victim thing a tad easier.
6. The Wasco Clowns
Hitting headlines in 2014 for “terrorizing” California, the Wasco Clown already carries disturbing similarities to our old friend Pennywise, but the addition of a gateway to hell blacked-out gob adds an extra nope factor. What could be lurking in the deep? Maybe a swarm of flies, Drag Me To Hell style?
7. Your friendly neighborhood Doctor Rockzo
Cocaine sniffing Dr. Rockzo from Metalocalypse may not be that disturbing straight off the bat, but this dude’s interpretation is enough to make even the hardiest coulrophobic go weak at the knees. The new Pennywise would just need to destroy a lycra all-in-one, don a neon shower cap et voilà, your friendly neighborhood child snatcher is born.
And if this Dr. Rockzo isn’t enough to get your goodies in a twist, how about the selection of other charming D.I.Yers below?
8. The Sugar Rice Krinkles Clown
Watching this crusty critter pop out of a bird house and burst into your retinas sure AF wouldn’t get me to chow down on a bowl of sugary cereal, but then again I’m not 5 years old. The tactics of this ’50s be-ruffled fellow could hold some handy pointers for ole’ Pennywise though, rather than lurking in drainpipes perhaps he could fashion headwear from a paddling-pool or ball pit to confuse and lure all those unsuspecting kiddies in. Just a thought.
9. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
IT hung around in sewers for pretty long time, right? So it would make sense that all that water-exposure would turn Pennywise’s skin into something that resembles the wrinkled peen-like visage of this Killer Klown. The fact that his mouth and nose look like raw, open wounds only adds to the gross factor, but I have to say, I’m loving the Bowie-esque stars around the eyes. They’re a real glamorous touch.
10. Twisty from American Horror Story
While Pennywise probably shouldn’t take note from Twisty’s godforsaken prosthetic mask, he could get a little outfit inspo from the sack he carries round, and the charming dead corsage he has pinned on his front. While American Horror Story‘s Twisty uses his sack to hold juggling pins, IT could repurpose an old bag to hide all of his awesome balloon designs within, because that’s a necessity — right?
Which clown do you think the new Pennywise should copy?
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