Pennywise Explained

That creepy clown Pennywise is back in a big way these days thanks to the huge success of last year’s movie version of the 1986 Stephen King novel, It (which of course followed the 1990 TV adaptation of the same story). Yes indeed, Pennywise gonna get ya — he 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!

Now as the sequel to the film, It: Chapter 2, is ramping up and casting news is breaking (Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, James Ransone, and Andy Bean will play the adult versions of the It kids, with Bill Skarsgård returning as the dastardly clown of the title), we figured it was time to once again explore who exactly Pennywise is and what his true nature is all about. So, let’s get going down into the sewers; after all, we all float down there…

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