Pennywise Explained

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We’ll all float in this informative look at the ultimate Stephen King villain. By Arnold T. Blumberg

It’s back! That creepy clown Pennywise is heading to the big screen after his debut in the 1986 Stephen King novel, It, and the 1990 TV adaptation of the same story. Pennywise looms large in the horror pantheon and inspires a lot of thought; there’s even one of those Internet “fan theories” (ugh) that suggests Pennywise is the same entity that appears as Killer Bob in Twin Peaks!

But we’re not here to indulge that kind of silliness; we’re here to explore just what Pennywise is, and what we might see him do when the feature film version arrives. So, let’s get going down into the sewers; after all, we all float down there…

Check out our comparison between the miniseries version of It and the new movie version above.

The Basics

Pennywise – or “It,” if you prefer, or “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” if you’d like to be very formal – is an all-encompassing evil being of varying shape and size (more on that later) that turns up in 27-year cycles (give or take) in the beleaguered town of Derry, Maine.