Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie) was the first one out of all the kids to work with Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise). During their scene, Grazer would cry and gag while Skarsgård was right in his face yelling and drooling. Skarsgård was genuinely concerned for Grazer and after the scene ended, asked him if he was okay. Grazer looked right at him and said, "Love what you're doing with the character!" Skarsgård was left confused and impressed at Grazer's attitude, calling the child actors "little professionals."

Pennywise has only four minutes of dialogue in the entire film.

Some lines of dialogue were improvised by the actors. Much of the Richie / Eddie banter was improv.

Sophia Lillis says that she had to stand on a box in some scenes as, at only five feet tall, she is the shortest of the cast.

The teeth prosthetics that Bill Skarsgård wore as Pennywise made him drool profusely. Director Andy Muschietti liked this as that the drooling adds onto the ravenous nature of Pennywise.

Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie) is the youngest in the movie and stated that he wasn't as scared of Pennywise as he thought he would be. He said he actually had a fun time doing his scenes, and that Bill Skarsgård was always joking around.

Bill Skarsgård did research into the "psycho universe" to find his own way to perform Pennywise. He got inspiration from The Shining (1980), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Bill Skarsgård wanted to make sure that his performance as Pennywise was convincing for audiences. He states, "In order for this movie to be as effective as the book and the series, I have to scare a whole generation. My take was that Pennywise functions very simply. Nothing much is going on in terms of what he's thinking - he's animalistic and instinctive."

(at around 1h 23 mins) The refrigerator scene was filmed involving Bill Skarsgård partially contorting his body and the use of CGI. Attached to wires, Skarsgård was filmed lying at the bottom of the refrigerator on his back. It was planned for the wires to pull him out of the refrigerator and rotate his body as he stepped out. His actual body was digitally removed and replaced with a digital body. Portions of the body were digitally built in order for limbs and body parts to be maneuvered in various and intricate ways. The unfolding was hand-animated. Skarsgård's head ultimately remained intact in the shot. VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois states, "I actually suggested to the animation supervisor Yvon Jardel that he animate in reverse." He mentions further, "Pennywise would step back into the fridge so that he can push himself inside. It gave a better choreography to enter and fold onto itself than to try to do it the other way." Brisebois says that he knew this was going to become an iconic horror shot.

When the film was released in Germany and on the heels of the bizarre controversy in Russia concerning the Ronald McDonald/Pennywise complaint, Burger King Deutschland took it upon themselves to tease their rival, McDonalds, by giving an impromptu message at the end of the film that reads, "The moral is: Never trust a clown" which is accompanied by the Burger King logo. The audience were left bewildered and amused. It was joked that the film became the longest Burger King ad ever.

The woman in the painting, Judith the Flute Lady, who's portrayed by Tatum Lee, was originally supposed to have some minor visual effects augmentations. Her eyes were digitally altered and warped apart to give off an unnatural, unnerving look. However, Rodeo FX went on to add more digital elements onto the character to the point where most of the physical performance was almost entirely replaced.

Bill Skarsgård had auditioned in Hollywood for the role of Pennywise. This required him to wear clown makeup to the audition. He proclaims, "There was something kind of humiliating and absurd about the whole thing. I'm an actor auditioning in Hollywood, and I'm driving with clownface on. It's kind of a metaphor for what the profession of acting feels like."

Grossed $123 million over its North American opening weekend, easily a record for a horror film and more than double that of previous record holder Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), and also the second largest R-rated opening ever, behind only Deadpool (2016). Box office analysts also estimate it would have earned 5-6% more if Hurricane Irma hadn't closed a significant number of theaters in Florida.

Shipped to cinemas under the code name "POUND FOOLISH" a literal opposite to Pennywise.

Around the time of the theatrical release of this film, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, there was a prank that involved a series of red balloons tied to sewer grates throughout the town mimicking one of the book covers of the "It" novel. The prank had frightened the citizens, including the Lititz police force.

While on his way to the audition and wearing clown makeup, Bill Skarsgård, at the suggestion of director Andy Muschietti, tried out different types of maniacal laughs. He ended up getting perplexed stares from creeped out pedestrians. He says, "Andy [Muschietti] had also asked to explore clown laughter, so I'm sitting in the car and I feel ridiculous, but I thought I might as well absorb it and use it. So I just started to laugh like crazy in the car, as I'm just bearing down on pedestrians."

Bill Skarsgård actually was able to smile in such a weird way that it really intrigued the director and now it is Pennywise's iconic smile. Skarsgård had originally developed the smile when he was a child and was trying to scare his brothers.

The outside wall of the butcher shop has a large mural on the side of it commemorating the shootout and murder of the Bradley Gang in 1929. This is taken directly from the book and is mentioned by Mike in his recollection of the past violence that has happened in Derry. In the book, the townspeople of Derry ambush a gang of bank robbers coming to purchase ammo in their town and massacre them in a blaze of crossfire.

The film is the highest grossing Stephen King adaptation film to date.

Pennywise's costume in the film is much more faithful to the description in the novel, in comparison to the Tim Curry costume in the 1990 TV miniseries, including his orange hair, and the orange pom-poms going down his silver suit. The miniseries only included the orange pom-poms.

(at around 25 mins) In the scene of Ben in the library, one of the photos in the Derry history book is in fact a Civil War photo of dead soldiers at Gettysburg. They photo-shopped the Easter eggs around the corpses.

The film's unexpected success caused an unexpected newfound interest in future Stephen King related projects after a long period of mostly failed projects.

The cast of the "Losers Club" were asked whom they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt, and Jaeden Martell (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale. Wolfhard and Lillis are the only actors of the young cast who had eventually gotten their wish, as that Hader and Chastain ended up being cast as the older versions of Richie and Beverly, respectively, in the sequel, It Chapter Two (2019).

The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King. They also worked with Alexander Skarsgård, brother of Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), on their debut feature film Hidden (2015).

Director Andy Muschietti stated in an interview that he specifically cast Finn Wolfhard to play Richie Tozier because he immediately recognized the shared similarities between Wolfhard and Richie in that Wolfhard too, had a burning need inside to express himself and be funny in real life just like the character Richie Tozier does.

Director Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård separate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgård could be while in character. The kids brushed this off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in a costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgård to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified.

The number 27 is often associated with this story. This film was released 27 years after the original 1990 television mini-series. In the book, it is mentioned that "It" returns to Derry approximately every 27 years. Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, died at 27 years old. This movie was released one month after Bill Skarsgård's (Pennywise) 27th birthday. Jaeden Martell (Bill), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben) and Nicholas Hamilton (Henry) are all 27 years younger than the actors who portrayed the same characters in the miniseries (Jonathan Brandis (Bill), Brandon Crane (Ben), Jarred Blancard (Henry)). The official U.S. release date is 9/8/2017 and 9+8+2+0+1+7 = 27. The second film will be released on 9/6/2019, and 9+6+2+0+1+9=27.

About six months before the film was released, Stephen King (the author of the original novel) was shown a screening. Afterwards, he said that the film exceeded his expectations and that the producers had done "a wonderful job."

Although Bill Skarsgård was on set for the majority of production, he didn't actually begin filming his scenes until more than half of shooting was complete. The time before he actually started filming was spent working with Andy Muschietti and the producers in order to perfect his portrayal of Pennywise, as Skarsgård stated that he felt an immense amount of pressure to play the role perfectly due to Tim Curry's well-regarded performance in It (1990).

Bill Skarsgård had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during and after production.

Despite playing the villain, the cast and crew have said that Bill Skarsgård was extremely polite and friendly between takes and made an effort to ensure his performance didn't upset the child actors.

Costume designer Janie Bryant had based the costume design for Pennywise's suit on various eras throughout history that includes Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian. The costume emphasizes Pennywise's immortality.

According to director Andy Muschietti in an interview with GQ, two of the most difficult scenes to shoot were the storm drain scene with Georgie and Pennywise and the flooded basement scene with Bill and Pennywise. These scenes both involved a lot of water and many crucial timing elements.

(at around 24 mins) When Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is in the library, he looks out the window and sees 4 of the Losers ride by on their bikes. You can hear Bill scream "Hiyo, Silver, AWAY," which is a nod to the original novel.

Due to the film's huge success, Warner Bros. distribution head Jeffrey L. Goldstein announced plans to put the film in even more theaters around Halloween 2017.

Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that Bill Skarsgård spoke in Swedish sometimes while in character as Pennywise.

Shortly before the film's release in early September, at the Fan Expo Canada event, Tim Curry was asked about his thoughts on Bill Skarsgård's take as Pennywise. He states, "Well, I like [Bill] Skarsgard very much. I think he's very clever. It'll be interesting on what sort of clown face he puts on because it's not an obvious clown face at all. I've seen the trailer and you can't really see him at all. So I'm fascinated to see it. He's very good."

(at around 25 mins) When Ben is flipping through the "Old History of Derry" book in the library, he briefly pauses on a picture of the 1908 Easter festivities (pre-explosion). In that picture, you can see a caravan cart that says "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" on it, with the image of a clown face (but not the evil Pennywise). We later see this cart when Beverly wakes up in the sewer lair (at around 1h 45 mins). This 1908 cart could be the inspiration of It's form as Pennywise.

(at around 50 mins) The scene where Pennywise is holding the red balloons in the style of an upside down pyramid when Eddie encounters him for the first time was done using a mixture of practical effects and CGI. The first six balloons going upward in a triangular fashion that Bill Skarsgård hold are real. Yet, the rest were computer generated balloons.

The aerial shot of the town is actually Walton St. in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

(at around 1h 22 mins) When Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is in the "clown room," there is a mannequin dressed as the 1990 mini-series version of Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry, sitting on the floor (left side of the screen).

Though CGI was used in some scenes, Bill Skarsgård was actually able to move his eyes in different directions in some scenes at the behest of Andy Muschietti. At first, it was uncertain if he was able to achieve this effect on his own, yet Skarsgård assures, "I can do that." The purpose of this was to add to an already unsettling and disturbing look to Pennywise.

Throughout the film many movie posters are seen in the background, either at the theatre or in Bill's room. These include Beetlejuice (1988), Gremlins (1984), Batman (1989), Lethal Weapon (1987) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). All of these films are either owned by Warner Bros. or New Line Cinema, the two distributors behind the film.

Both Wyatt Oleff and Jack Dylan Grazer originally auditioned for the role of Bill Denbrough. Yet, they ended up getting the roles of Stanley Uris and Eddie Kaspbrak, respectively. And Jaeden Martell originally auditioned for the role of Eddie Kaspbrak, yet ended up getting the role of Bill Denbrough.

Due to the massive success of the film, Andy Muschietti was so confident that a sequel would happen that he began meeting with Bill Skarsgård and Gary Dauberman to discuss production on Chapter 2 before it had even been officially greenlit by the studio.

According to Andy Muschietti and Bill Skarsgård, there are several scenes of additional footage that were shot but didn't make it into the theatrical cut. For the home video releases, a Director's Cut will be released with the additional footage.

The scenes at the Bowers house are actually the first scenes filmed and one of the very last scenes filmed was the opening scene.

A live-action 16 foot tall set was built for the scene where the floating children are presented in the sewers. Rodeo FX then digitally enhanced it.

Hugo Weaving and Bill Skarsgård were the two finalists for the role of Pennywise after Will Poulter left the project. Skarsgård eventually got the role, reportedly due to his ability to play a more fun and child-like Pennywise, in addition to a creepy Pennywise, while Weaving reportedly fell short in playfulness and could only play creepy.

Bill Skarsgård has described Pennywise as being "Such an extreme character. Inhumane." He added, "It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings that It creates. It truly enjoys taking the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt." Skarsgård elaborated on his connection to the children, saying, "There's a childishness to the character, because he's so closely linked to the kids. The clown is a manifestation of the children's imaginations, so there's something child-like about that."

A few weeks after the release of this film in Moscow, Burger King Russia filed a complaint in an attempt to have the film banned, citing that the McDonald's mascot, Ronald McDonald, looks too similar to Pennywise and the film was thus endorsing their competition.

There were rumors at one point that Bill Skarsgård would not be returning to play Pennywise in the second film due to concerns that the role was negatively affecting his mental health. However, a week before the film was released, Skarsgård confirmed that he was officially attached to the sequel and had already began meeting with director Andy Muschietti to discuss ideas for the character and the film.

Due to the success of this film, the film's producer, Roy Lee along with writer/director James Wan have plans for another Stephen King related adaptation, The Tommyknockers.

Director Andy Muschietti has stated that he intends to make a supercut version with this film and It Chapter Two (2019) using extra footage from the latter film and scenes that haven't yet been shot. He has also stated that he will have the films go back and forth using flashbacks, similar to the format of the novel.

Similar to Freddy Krueger, Pennywise uses fear to terrorize and murder his victims. It can be whatever fear that person has. It's also noted that both characters use the personal insecurities and grief of their victims to make them more vulnerable and easier to kill.

When screenwriter David Kajganich was attached to the project in the early stages, he proclaimed that Warner Bros. wanted the film to be rated R in order to stay true to the source material. He states, "The R rating means we can really honor the book and engage with the traumas (both the paranormal ones and those they deal with at home and school) that these characters endure." Though Kajganich would eventually leave the project, the sentiments expressed by him concerning the R rating remained and have ultimately benefited the film.

Bill Skarsgård trained with a contortionist for his role in the movie.

Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgård isolated from the rest of the cast/crew during the beginning of filming, the exception being a three person costume/makeup team. This was to make sure Skarsgård's performance was shocking to the other actors, as well as to avoid leaked photos. Although Skarsgård thought this was a good strategy, he admitted that he felt very lonely during this time, and was sad that he couldn't bond with the rest of the people involved, something he says is one of his favorite parts of making a movie. These feelings were intensified when he heard about how much fun everyone else was having without him and how they all called it one of the best projects they'd ever worked on.

The original Stephen King novel runs to 1138 pages.

The film's first teaser trailer generated 197 million views globally within 24 hours of its release, breaking the record that was set by The Fate of the Furious (2017) at 139 million views.

The movie had been in development for seven years before filming actually began.

(at around 6 mins) Pennywise's eyes turn blue when he talks to Georgie because it is the color of his mother's eyes.

Bangor, Maine is the only US location used in the film (which is set in the fictional town of Derry). All other location shooting was done in Canada.

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch had incorporated children singing the nursery rhyme, "Oranges and Lemons" into the score. Director Andy Muschietti came up with the idea of using the old English nursery rhyme. Wallfisch explains, "[Muschietti's] approach, I think, was to try to find a sound for Pennywise that is somehow the sound of him thinking, the sound of him contemplating the idea of attack - or actually attacking." He further explains, "What was fascinating about using something as seemingly innocent and innocuous as a children's play song is that incredible dichotomy between what's on the surface and what is under the surface." The "Oranges and Lemons" rhyme would usually play when Pennywise is luring his victims.

John Oliver was such a fan of the novel that he was cast as an extra in this film. Oliver can be seen in the town's diner.

Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) was born in 1990, the same year that the original It (1990) was released.

Producer Barbara Muschietti confirmed that Jessica Chastain was being considered for the role of adult Beverly. Actress Sophia Lillis also revealed that Chastain was her first choice for the role. In February 2018, Chastain was officially confirmed for the role.

(at around 46 mins) When The Losers Club first enter Ben's room you can hear Richie talking about someone's house having a roller coaster, a chimp, and some old guys bones. It is safe to assume he's talking about Michael Jackson and Neverland Ranch.

This film is often mistaken as a remake due to being released 27 years after the It (1990) miniseries. The film is in fact a re-adaptation of the same story. This is actually the first official theatrical adaptation of the "It" novel.

While Bill Skarsgård declared himself a huge fan of Tim Curry in general and Curry's specific performance as Pennywise in the It (1990) miniseries, he also said that he did not try to incorporate any of Curry's work into his own portrayal of Pennywise because he felt that he could not "do Tim Curry anywhere near as well as Curry himself did". Also, he did not want his performance to echo Curry's performance and become a distraction.

Before release, the film was initially projected to earn around $50 million on its opening weekend. The number gradually grew as good word of mouth became evident. Ultimately, the film made more than double its initial tracking numbers in its opening weekend by making about $123 million.

(at around 21 mins) When Stanley is closing the book after struggling with his Bar-Mitzvah speech, the title is seen upside down. This could be a simple mistake, a hint that he is too troubled to practice, or he isn't interested in religion much to the implied disappointment of his father. The book is the Pentateuch (The Torah).

The 28th Stephen King film adaptation.

In order to prepare for his role as Henry Bowers, Nicholas Hamilton studied Jarred Blancard's performance of the character in It (1990).

After just eight days in release, it became the highest-grossing September release of all time and the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

To coincide with the film, Warner Bros. had released a virtual reality tie-in game called "It: Escape from Pennywise". It takes the player to the Neibolt house where they have to choose any of the three doors presented to the player to force the player to face their fears. The game is available on Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream.

Due to the success of this film, the character of Pennywise became one of the most popular Halloween costumes in 2017.

In the dress rehearsal, the look of The Losers Club was slightly different(e.g. Beverly had slightly longer and straight hair, Eddie wore a hat, most of the kids' clothing was more explorer-type). The filmmakers ultimately decided to go with a simply average look for the group.

The eerie scene of Pennywise dancing spawned a series of hilarious viral memes of him dancing to any song, regardless of the variety of music genres.

(at around 1h 24 mins) The only time Pennywise is actually seen walking is during the scene where he's taunting and terrorizing Eddie in the refrigerator scene.

(at around 1h 22 mins) In the novel, Ben Hanscom invented "Beep beep, Richie" whenever they need him to shut up. This is not used by the Losers Club in the movie as they only tell him to shut up. "Beep beep, Richie" is used by Pennywise in the movie, as a way to taunt Richie.

The scenes where Pennywise' teeth are exposed as he attacks his victims were partially done by CGI. According to Arnaud Brisebois, "There are even a few shots with the kill mouth where Bill Skarsgård's face is entirely replaced," he states. "In some of the early frames, we kept his actual eyes just to create a small connection."

Bill Skarsgård went on to star in another Stephen King adaptation called Castle Rock (2018) which is an original Hulu TV series. Chosen Jacobs, Skarsgård's co-star from this film, would later join the show.

The year 2017 became the year the horror genre, for the first time ever, had reached $1 billion in ticket sales at the U.S. box office. Such films that made this milestone possible included this film, Get Out (2017), Split (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Jigsaw (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Happy Death Day (2017).

After seeing the film for the first time, Stephen King, the author of the novel on which the film is based, had stated, "I wasn't prepared for how good it really was."

This film uses the word "fuck" 60 times.

In Stephen King's novel, the Losers Club must face Pennywise first as children, then decades later as adults. This film only tells of their encounter with it as children. The sequel, which tells the story of the Losers Club as adults, was released September 6, 2019.

Warner Bros. started an Oscar campaign in November of 2017, a few months after the release and subsequent success of the film. The categories include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Sophia Lillis, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Original Score. Concerning the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, it wasn't speculated if any of the seven main actors, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Martell, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, and Bill Skarsgård would be campaigned for those categories. Unfortunately, the film failed to receive a single nomination.

Before and when the film was released, most people who weren't familiar with Bill Skarsgård or his previous acting work were genuinely surprised when they saw what the actor really looks like without wearing the Pennywise makeup. This actually brought more public interest and newfound popularity for the actor.

(at around 56 mins) When he's in Georgie's room, Bill picks up a Lego turtle. This could be a reference to not only the turtle in the "It" novel, but also the turtle Maturin, featured in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

Sophia Lillis is not scared by horror movies and actually laughed the first time she saw Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

During early stages of production, Chloë Grace Moretz was strongly considered for the role of Beverly. However, due to the time the project spent in development hell, casting did not begin until Moretz was 19. She was deemed too old for the role, and Sophia Lillis was cast instead. Coincidentally, Moretz starred in another Stephen King adaptation, Carrie (2013), which is a remake of Carrie (1976).

The name Pennywise is said four times in the film, 3 of which are said by the clown himself during the opening scene.

Other actors who were rumored to play Pennywise included Johnny Depp, Tilda Swinton, Richard Armitage, Tom Hiddleston, Jackie Earle Haley, Jim Carrey, Kirk Acevedo, Willem Dafoe, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Weaving, Doug Jones and Channing Tatum.

Bill Skarsgård was the fourth actor offered the role of Pennywise. Tim Curry was offered the chance to reprise the role during early development, but turned it down. Ben Mendelsohn was also offered the role, and was interested, but turned it down when he could not agree with the studio on his salary. Will Poulter was then offered the role and accepted, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out after production delays pushed filming back a year. Skarsgård was then given the role. However, Skarsgård was not necessarily the fourth choice, as he did not audition until after Poulter left the project. Skarsgård was actually the only actor that Andy Muschietti himself offered the role to.

Due to Bill Skarsgård being able to move his eyes in different directions, it's noted that with each eye, Pennywise is looking at both the characters and into the camera as if he's also looking right at the audience.

The Paul Bunyan statue in Derry's square was based on the actual Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine.

Bill Skarsgård celebrated his 26th birthday shortly before he began filming his scenes. To celebrate, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture of himself wearing a Pennywise mask, giving Skarsgård the finger, on his Instagram account.

The movie posters in the background mark the passage of time throughout the summer of 1989. June (Batman (1989)), July (Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)), and August (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)).

Finn Wolfhard was the only member of Cary Joji Fukunaga's cast for the movie who ended up staying on the project when Andy Muschietti took over as director.

In an interview, Bill Skarsgård stated that it took 5 hours to apply the clown makeup. However, they were able to shorten it down to 2 hours once the makeup artists had done it a couple of times.

Bill has an amber streak in the front of his hair. There is a reference in the novel to Bill having hair like Beverly's.

(at around 1h 28 mins) Bev is compared to Molly Ringwald who starred in Pretty in Pink (1986). On her bedroom wall is a poster of the band The Psychedelic Furs, who sang the title track, Pretty in Pink.

Opening at 4,103 theaters in the United States, this film is the widest opening R-rated release in cinema history, surpassing previous record holder Logan (2017), which opened at 4,071 theaters.

Anthrax, whose song "Antisocial" was used during the rock throwing fight, has several songs based on works by Stephen King such as "Among the Living" which was based on his novel, "The Stand", "A Skeleton in the Closet" which was based on his story "Apt Pupil", and "Misery Loves Company" which was based on his novel, "Misery".

The opening scene with Georgie takes place in October of 1988. Donnie Darko (2001) also takes place in October of 1988. In an early scene in Donnie Darko (2001), Donnie's mother is seen reading the novel "It".

(at around 1h 11 mins) Actor Finn Wolfhard admits to having a fear of clowns despite starring in this movie. Richie is the only character in the movie to explicitly state a fear of clowns.

Concerning the shooting of this film, Chosen Jacobs has stated that it is his favorite summer of his 16 years on Earth.

Coincidentally, the two actors who portrayed Pennywise, Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgård, each have green eyes. Though Skarsgård's natural green eyes are never shown in this film, in the It (1990) miniseries, there are some scenes where you can see Curry's natural green eyes. Most notably in the iconic scene where he's luring Georgie.

It (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked It as the 15th Greatest Villain of All Time.

Contrary to the novel, in which the children's journey with Pennywise begins in 1958, the movie follows the Losers Club from around 1989 which is four years after the final encounter between the club and Pennywise in the novel.

Two days before the movie started filming, director Andy Muschietti posted a picture on his Instagram account of his office filled with balloons, a way of letting fans know that pre-production had ended for the film.

The trailer for this film enraged real-life professional clowns, who stated that the Pennywise character will encourage people to think of clowns as scary and murderous (though the filmmakers and actors have said, clearly, that Pennywise is not a clown at all, but a representation of "It"'s pure evil, who takes on the form out of a mix of sadism and childishness). Rallies to defend the good name in general of clowns in the U.S. were planned following the month this film was released in theaters.

Despite Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss) Jake Sim (Belch Huggins) and Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter) having to constantly bully their co stars on set, off set they all became the very best of friends.

Belch Huggins (Jake Sim) wears a shirt featuring the band Anthrax, with the phrase "Follow me or die" on the back. This is a lyric from Anthrax's song "Among the Living", which the band wrote about another Stephen King book, "The Stand".

Stephen King, prior to the films release, noted via Twitter, on Mar 7th, 2017: "Andy Muschietti's remake of IT (actually it's Part 1--The Losers' Club) succeeds beyond my expectations. Relax. Wait. And enjoy."

James Ransone auditioned for a role in this film before later being cast as the adult version of Eddie Kaspbrak in It Chapter Two (2019).

Marlon Taylor, Jarred Blancard, and Brandon Crane, who played the respective roles of Mike, Henry, and Ben in It (1990), all reached out to the new actors for this film (Chosen Jacobs for Taylor, Nicholas Hamilton for Blancard and Jeremy Ray Taylor for Crane) and spoke to them. They all went on to say they were very pleased with the casting and are excited to see the film.

(at around 42 mins) This marks the second time that a character played by Finn Wolfhard stands on the edge of a quarry and is about to jump down. The first time was in Stranger Things (2016), where his character was threatened by school-bullies to jump down.

Oldboy (2003) director Park Chan-Wook visited the giant sewer set, since his regular cinematographer, Chung-hoon Chung, was Director of Photography on this film.

Director Andy Muschietti states that the film doesn't have a lot of CGI, despite people's criticisms.

Guillermo del Toro was interested in doing an adaptation of the Stephen King novel but his intense workload prevented that.

When the Losers Club are at the 4th of July festival, a clown can be seen performing on a nearby stage. The clown's suit resembles serial killer John Wayne Gacy's clown suit.

The rock band, Anthrax, whose song, "Antisocial", was playing during the Rock War scene, were elated that their song was used for the film. They congratulated Stephen King and the film's crew on the film's success, and thanked them for the in-film shout out on Twitter.

(at around 1h 28 mins) Beverly's haircut and look is modelled after the 1980's style of Molly Ringwald, who Richie makes reference to while insulting Beverly.

In an interview with GQ, Cary Joji Fukunaga, concerning the reason why he left this film, indicated that he and New Line Cinema didn't see eye to eye due to some of his ideas for the film being too extreme. He states, "Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies. It's like a relationship: you can try to make the other person who you want them to be, but it's impossible really to change. You just have to work."

About two years after the huge success of this film, in July 2019, producer Larry Sanitsky, who produced the It (1990) miniseries, sued Warner Bros. for breach of contract over the prevention of involvement of the feature film adaptations of the "It" novel. Sanitsky and Frank Konigsberg bought the rights to the novel back in the late 80s before the miniseries was filmed. The lawsuit claimed that Sanitsky and Konigsberg subsequently signed a deal with Warner Bros. in ensuring that the pair would be involved in any remakes, sequels, or spin-offs, and the pair are owed $1 million in profit participation on the miniseries. The suit is pending.

Director Andy Muschietti shared on his Instagram account a sketch of an early design of Pennywise he made in 2015. The sketch shows Pennywise with slightly less hair and sans his now-iconic red makeup facial lines that start from the corners of his mouth and end over his eyebrows.

(at around 44 mins) When the boys watch Beverly sunbathe, the 1989 hit, "Bust a Move" by Marvin Young or better known as Young M.C. is playing on the radio. The song is advice to a young man about how to approach a woman while keeping your cool... which, since first meeting Beverly, is what Ben had trouble doing.

Director Andy Muschietti went on to helm the Hulu TV series adaptation of Locke & Key (2020), which is based off of the novel by author Joe Hill, who is the son of renowned author and writer of the "It" novel, Stephen King. Besides Muschetti, three actors from this film has joined the show's production which include Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter), and Megan Charpentier (Gretta).

New Kids on the Block is referenced several times throughout the film. Two members of the Losers Club, Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh, are fans of the group. In real life, NKOTB started out in 1984 when the members were young children and broke up in 1994. After over 14 years of being disbanded, the group reunited in 2008 and remained together. Similarly, in the book, this happens with The Losers Club, who reunite as adults almost 28 years after the group started.

Cary Joji Fukunaga was set to direct, but dropped out after years of pre-production due to a difference in artistic vision and, in consequence, what the intended MPAA rating was intended to be (with Fukunaga wanting the film to be NC-17 and the studio not willing to go past an R rating). The studio wanted to aim at a more commercially viable film, while Fukunaga wanted something closer to The Shining (1980) in tone and style. Andy Muschietti took over as director and filming began in the summer of 2016.

This film takes place October 1988-summer 1989 but covers the parts of the novel originally set in '57 and '58. The adult segments of the novel (the source material for It Chapter Two (2019)) take place in 1985. Therefore, this movie version of the story takes place 4 years after the ending of the original novel.

(at around 1h 15 mins) When The Losers Club catch up with Bill at the Neibolt House, if you really look, notice Richie has a speck of water on his shirt, and his face is a bit red, this is not there in the scene at Bill's house before. The reason for this is seen in the Losers Club behind the scenes featurette on the DVD. During what looks like a break between scenes, Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer were hanging out, and Finn took a drink of water, and Jack said something that made Finn start laughing while drinking, you don't see the water go on his shirt on the featurette though.

Seth Green, who portrayed young Richie Tozier in the It (1990) miniseries, attended the premiere of this film.

Director Andy Muschietti wore a pin of a paper boat on his suit jacket at the film's premiere.

The film stayed at the top ten DVD/Bluray sales for two months.

The film became the most profitable horror film of 2017, beating out Annabelle: Creation (2017) and another surprise horror hit, Get Out (2017).

The town of Derry, Maine was set in Port Hope, Canada which, as of April 2017, was the location of Turtle John's restaurant. The Turtle features heavily within the novel "It" and "The Dark Tower" series, also written by Stephen King.

Nicholas Hamilton, who portrays Henry Bowers in this film, has portrayed a minor character named Lucas Hanson in another Stephen King adaptation, The Dark Tower (2017).

Bill Skarsgård's brother, Alexander Skarsgård, is friends with James Ransone, who went on to portray adult Eddie in It Chapter Two (2019). James had known Bill since he was a teenager.

This movie released in the same week as American Horror Story: Cult aired. This season focuses on a cult of clowns or cult honoring Twisty the Clown a serial killer from Freakshow.

Filming began on June 27, 2016, and officially wrapped on September 20, 2016, one day before author Stephen King turned 69 years old.

Stephen King wrote the "It" novel and several other books about writer's block. Among the other King novels that are about writer's block are "Salem's Lot", "The Shining", and "Misery".

Film critic and Variety correspondent Owen Gleiberman cites that the film's success is due to being "the world's most deluxe Freddy Krueger film", in describing the film as "A Nightmare on Elm Street 8 with Stephen King benefits". The critic expresses that Pennywise uses theatrics and twisted mischief while he terrorizes his victims similar to Freddy Krueger.

Both actors cast as Pennywise were significantly younger and taller than Tim Curry was when he played the role in It (1990). Curry was 44 and 5'9, Will Poulter was 22 and 6'2 when he was cast, and Bill Skarsgård was 25 and 6'4.

This film marks the second time a European actor portraying Pennywise. Tim Curry, who is British, portrayed the character in the 90s miniseries and Bill Skarsgård, who is Swedish, portrayed the character in this film. Will Poulter, the original choice for Pennywise, was also British.

A number of clowns were spotted in various American states including Florida, New York, Wisconsin and Kentucky, and subsequently in other Western countries, from August 2016 onward. By October 2016, in the wake of hundreds of "clown sightings" across the United States and Canada, the phenomenon had spread from North America to Europe, Australasia and Latin America.

With this film, Bill Skarsgård and Chosen Jacobs are among two of the actors from any Stephen King related films to star in Castle Rock (2018), a show based off of King's novel. The other actor that stars in the show is Sissy Spacek. Spacek starred in Carrie (1976), another well-known King novel.

Director Andy Muschietti shared pictures of every day of the filming of this movie on his Instagram account.

Chosen Jacobs recorded a song related to the film, that's not on the film's soundtrack, called, "Losers".

Due to the town being called "Derry", a name similar to the city in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, the country had its own premiere of the film there. Before the movie began, there was special video from the child actors greeting the Derry audience.

The film is one of the highest grossing R rated films of all time with over $700 million worldwide.

After Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out, Andy Muschietti pitched a movie that would use most of the Fukunaga/Palmer script, but with more famous scenes from the book added. While Muschietti did most of the rewrite himself, the final version was touched up a little by Gary Dauberman to get the movie back on the original budget.

(at around 1h 15 mins) As the losers club approaches Pennywise's front porch to fight him, the yard's open iron front gate can be seen from the back. It holds the number "29", which mirrored resemble the letters "e" and "s" - "es" is the German word for "it".

This is the second of three films released in 2017 that's based on the literary works of Stephen King. The first film is The Dark Tower (2017) and the third film is Netflix's Gerald's Game (2017).

Some filming took place in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. This was also a filming location for another Stephen King film, the miniseries Storm of the Century (1999).

The Losers Club shirts pay homage to various Stephen King stories, including "The Shining", "Carrie", "Christine", and "Pet Semetary".

(at around 38 mins) When Beverly puts on the pharmacist's glasses, he tells her, "You look like a young Lois Lane." Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in the DCEU and plays a newspaper journalist in the Sharp Objects (2018) miniseries, in which Sophia Lillis (Beverly) plays a young version of Adams' character.

(at around 1h 6 mins) The song during the "Rock Fight" is Anthrax's version of "Antisocial", a song originally recorded by French band, The Trust.

In the first few weeks of filming, Wyatt Oleff purchased the novel to get more into his character of Stan Uris.

The movie takes place in 1989, the same year the miniseries was filmed.

Pennywise's house in the new adaptation of "It" was set up and filmed in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ty Simpkins was slated to play "Willy Denbrough" while Cary Joji Fukunaga was still directing. He was replaced by Jaeden Martell when Andy Muschietti took over and the character name was changed back to the original "Bill Denbrough".

(at around 1h 45 mins) Unlike the 1990 miniseries, this adaptation, in the scene before the climax, shows the Bob Gray Pennywise dance which earned the performer's name of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Bill Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, appeared with the original actor of Pennywise, Tim Curry, in The Hunt for Red October (1990).

Cary Joji Fukunaga's script changed the names of several main characters: Bill Denbrough to Willy Denbrough, Henry Bowers to Travis Bowers, 'Belch' Huggins to 'Snatch' Huggins, Patrick Hockstetter to Patrick Hockstettler, Will Hanlon to Leroy Hanlon and Greta Bowie to Gretta Bowie. Though most have been changed back by Andy Muschietti, the changes to 'Leroy' and 'Gretta' remain.

Despite being marketed and presented as a horror film, it's been debated that this film is more of a cross-genre type of film than a strict horror film. This is due to the numerous scenes of comedy mixed with the pivotal scenes of drama, alongside the scares, within the film. Some people would even argue that the film is not that scary despite still being entertaining.

(at around 1h 35 mins) To coincide with the 1989 primary setting, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is featured on the movie marquee. Director Andy Muschietti also revealed in an interview that a Freddy Krueger form was considered as a fear for one of the Losers Club members and one Pennywise would assume. However, it was ultimately scrapped out of not feeling right and wanting stick to the trauma and childhood fears without straying too meta.

The third largest debut of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), premiering higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

Tilda Swinton and Richard Armitage were in the running to play Pennywise.

Stephen King based parts of the fictional town of Derry on real locations in Maine. The Derry standpipe, which plays an important part in the novel, is based on the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor. While not being an integral part of the movie, the postcard Ben writes to Beverly features the actual Thomas Hill Standpipe. There is also a shot in the movie of Bill in front of the real Thomas Hill Standpipe.

Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) and director Andy Muschietti all celebrated birthdays on set.

(at around 12 mins) When Beverly is sitting in the school's bathroom, being bullied by other students, "Hate Clown" is shown to be written on the bathroom stall, in black. Beverly is holding a black marker, suggesting she might have written it. If you look at production stills closely, you can see that what Beverly wrote was 'Gretta Keene is a bitch' twice. This enforces the idea that she has been continually tormented and taunted by Gretta and her friends.

Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård, and Jack Dylan Grazer each starred in comic book films. Respectively, Oleff starred in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Skarsgard starred in Deadpool 2 (2018), and Grazer starred in Shazam! (2019).

The second highest R Rated opening behind Deadpool (2016), and grossing higher than The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and American Sniper (2014).

In the aerial view of Derry town center (Port Hope, Ontario, Canada), the red brick building on the left, that is revealed behind trees, has a CG replacement of its central area by a weathered "DERRY" signage of some sort. In real life there is no "DERRY" signage, but a blank red brick area with four windows which are not seen on the movie building.

Mike Flanagan was desperate to get into talks with the studio for the directing position when Cary Joji Fukunaga dropped out.

Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh are shown bonding over a shared passion for New Kids on the Block. One of the band members, Donnie Wahlberg, starred in Dreamcatcher (2003), another Stephen King adaptation set in Derry, Maine.

Film debut of Jackson Robert Scott. His only acting credit before this film was on TV, a one episode character on Criminal Minds (2005).

The novel "It" was originally published in September 1986. This film was released in September 2017. September is also the birth month of Stephen King, the author of the novel.

The film starts in 1988 and ends about a year later in 1989. The film references A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) which came out in 1989. Its predecessor, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), came out in 1988.

It's total opening weekend comprised of $179,000,000 with the additional $62,000,00 earned overseas against a budget of $35,000,000.

This film is the forty-third Stephen King film adaptation.

Judith the Flute Lady was originally going to be cut from the film due to her being deemed "not scary". VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois states, "Andy [Muschietti] fought for it because it was a bizarre character. It wasn't really scary - it was more about discomfort. We would keep sculpting the character and iterating on very minute details of her facial features right until the end."

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) is one of the main films referenced in this film. Before the script for Nightmare 5 was written and shot, Stephen King, who wrote the "It" novel on which this film and the 90s miniseries was based was approached by New Line to write the screenplay but declined. The task was then offered to Frank Miller who also declined.

(at around 1h 35 mins) Richie plays the Street Fighter (1987) arcade game. In 2017, the same year the movie was released, Street Fighter celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The largest September opening weekend ever, eclipsing the previous holder, Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).

The song, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" by New Kids on the Block, which is referenced twice in the movie, was released as a single in the US in November 1988. The movie starts in October 1988 and then jumps to the summer of 1989.

Jeremy Ray Taylor was the first actor to be cast for this film.

Sophia Lillis had studied Andy Muschietti's work in acting school before taking on her role in this film.

A month after the film's release and on Halloween 2017, NBA player LeBron James dressed up as Bill Skarsgård's version of Pennywise. The picture of James dressed up as the character went viral and many people noted how creepy he looked, especially given his height. James is 4 inches taller than Skarsgård, standing at 6'8, and Skarsgård stands at 6'4.

Wyatt Oleff and Jeremy Ray Taylor worked together previously on The History of Us (2015).

Stephen R. Hart auditioned to play Pennywise.

This film is the sixth Stephen King film adaptation released in the 2010s.

When asked why the film resonated with audiences in an interview with GQ Magazine, director Andy Muschietti states, "There's something about how ingrained in our collective memory this story is. All these years...it's been dormant, in a way. Sleeping. And now it's come out with a lot of force. This is a story that resonates a lot with the situation that society is living in right now." Muschietti goes on to state, "It talks to us about what it is to live in a culture of fear, you know? Where fear is used as a tool to divide and control and subdue. For people who didn't know this story - and who went to the movie to see a horror movie - they went and found something else."

Five different visual effects companies provided the visual effects for this film. They are Rodeo FX, Cubica VFX, Atomic Arts, Soho VFX, and Savage VFX.

The film is the second Stephen King film adaptation released in 2017. The first film is The Dark Tower (2017). The two films that follow this film are Gerald's Game (2017) and 1922 (2017), respectively.

Kate Moyer's debut.

The cinema marquee shows that Batman (1989) is playing. That film starred Jack Nicholson, who appeared in The Shining (1980). One of the posters is for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989). The previous film in that series, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), was co-written by Frank Darabont, who went on to direct The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999).

This is Jackson Robert Scott's first horror film. The second film is The Prodigy (2019).

The film's runtime is about 2 hours and 14 minutes. Interestingly, the sequel, It Chapter Two (2019), is 2 hours and 49 minutes long, which is 35 minutes longer than this film.

A spoof of the story titled, "IT Happens" is the first segment in The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #23, the twenty-third and final issue of the Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, a horror-comedy anthology comic book series inspired by the eponymous yearly episodes on the show. The episode was released on September 20th, 2017, a few weeks after the film's release.

The extreme things that the character of Patrick Hockstetter does in the novel are seriously nullified in the movie, but, there is one little Easter egg within his role that isn't in the book. The name Patrick Hockstetter has been used twice by Stephen King. Once in "IT" (1986) and the other in "Firestarter" (1980). There is absolutely no relation between each character, but, in "IT: Chapter One" Patrick uses a lighter and a can of deodorant to light flames in the sewers so he can see in the darkness (like a firestarter).

Andy Muschietti: In an extended scene where Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) goes to refill his prescription, the film's director can be seen in the background for a brief cameo.

Andy Muschietti: [use of slime and vomit] There are scenes involving creatures that are slimy and vomiting on one of the main characters, as in Mama (2013) and It Chapter Two (2019).

A deleted scene on the Blu-ray reveals that Henry Bowers killed the remaining members of his gang after murdering his father, explaining why they are not present when he confronts the Losers Club in the climax. In the novel, It murders his entire gang.

(at around 40 mins) During the alley scene where The Losers are conversing and tending to Ben's wounds, behind them is another mural of the infamous Bradley Gang Shootout, which is frequently referenced in the novel. Upon closer inspection, it reveals Pennywise hiding in plain sight. To the right of Stan's shoulder, Pennywise is shown to be watching the group and grinning. This implies that Pennywise has always been stalking the group even when they are completely unaware of it.

There's a gag alternate opening that involves Georgie and Pennywise in a hilarious "What If" scenario. The scene plays out as normal until Georgie actually takes the paper boat from Pennywise without incident and says, "See you later," to him as he runs off. This leaves Pennywise disappointed and frustrated, leading him to utter an obscenity.

Finn Wolfhard (Richie) came up with the idea at the end where Eddie gets thrown up on by the leper. Originally, Wolfhard suggested that his character, Richie, gets thrown up on by Pennywise since he's the only one in the Losers Club that nothing really bad has happen to or doesn't really get harmed by Pennywise before their big climactic battle. Director Andy Muschietti considered it but later decided that it should be Jack Dylan Grazer who gets thrown up on since his character, Eddie, is germaphobic.

In a deleted scene involving Bill and his parents interacting after dinner, Bill brings up Georgie and the upcoming family vacation. His mother leaves the kitchen upset, and his father tells him that Georgie was looking forward to the trip. It's noted that this scene and the alternate ending added some dynamic to the Denbrough Family that was missing from the final theatrical cut of the film. The film suggested that Bill, like his friends, had been neglected and/or mistreated by his family in some way. Jaeden Martell has mentioned that Bill became invisible to his parents after Georgie's disappearance.

According to Bill Skarsgård, there was an unnerving deleted scene that involves Pennywise terrorizing a young mother in the 17th century. He states, "There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself." He goes on to say, "It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from." Timothy Simons, who auditioned for the role of Pennywise, confirmed this a few weeks after Skarsgård's revelation in an interview on a podcast called Throwing Shade. Simons states that he read in the script that the scene requires the character to threaten to kill a young woman and her entire family if she doesn't hand over her baby for feasting. He says, "It was [Pennywise] way back at the beginning of Derry, convincing a woman to give him her baby to eat. It was scary. The thing that was scariest about it was that it was very direct. It was, 'If you don't do this, these are the things that I'm going to do'. And they were all terrible'." Interestingly, one of the podcast's hosts, Bryan Safi, had also auditioned for the role of Pennywise and has stated that he still has a copy of the script in which a similar scene is present. The scene is one of the several scenes shot, yet ultimately not used in the film. It remains to be seen if the scene will show up on home video releases, the Director's Cut, or in the sequel.

Though director Andy Muschietti loved her audition, Sophia Lillis almost didn't get the role of Beverly Marsh. She was told by producers that she "wasn't girly enough", due to her pixie haircut and short stature. She flew to Toronto, Canada and auditioned again, this time wearing hair extensions and a dress. She got the role on the condition that she kept the hair extensions. However, when filming began, Muschietti had her cut off the extensions in her first bathroom scene.

(at around 8 mins) When Pennywise lures Georgie into the sewer opening his eyes change colour from blue to yellow. This is a characteristic lifted from the novel.

(at around 1h 35 mins) When Bill goes to Beverly's house, the words, "You'll die if you try", are written in blood on the wall. Pennywise never says these words in this movie. But in the book, after The Losers have cleaned up the bathroom, Bev goes in with the tape measure, and she hears a voice whisper, "...you can't fight us...you'll die if you try...die if you try...die if you try.". Similarly, in the miniseries version, after the initial gush of blood, Bev's father inspects the sink closely but sees nothing, after which Pennywise's voice taunts Beverly saying, "You'll die if you try to fight us, Beverly. You'll die if you try.".

Though he's been defeated twice by The Losers Club in the novel and his fate left ambiguous, it's heavily implied that Pennywise had somehow survived his final encounter with The Losers judging by his appearances and references that came afterwards in other King novels. Though he has sworn he would never write about Pennywise again, Stephen King has teased It in some of his other literary works such as "The Tommyknockers", "The Hearts in Atlantis", "Insomnia", "Dreamcatcher", and "The Dark Tower" series. This also indicates that the story of "It" takes place in a shared universe.

(at around 1h 55 mins) After Bill shoots "Georgie" in the forehead, he lies on the ground motionless until he starts violently convulsing and morphing into Pennywise while making screeching noises and distorted cries. The distorted cries are of Georgie's final words and death cries being heard backwards.

All of the Losers (except Richie) have individual encounters with IT before they all enter the house on Neibolt St. Although most of the Losers' fears were changed for the film, Eddie's and Beverly's are the same as they are in the novel. While Eddie's is toned down, Beverly's is much more extreme.

(at around 29 mins) While filming the scene where the bullies are harassing and assaulting Ben on the Kissing Bridge, Nicholas Hamilton actually punched Jeremy Ray Taylor in the face during a take.

The scene where Beverly gets sprayed by gallons of blood in the bathroom, as portrayed in the novel, is symbolic of one of her subconscious fears of quickly maturing into a woman due to puberty. Especially considering that the bathroom is her safe haven from her father. The male Losers helping her clean up the blood is symbolic of them restoring her safe haven and accepting her as a maturing young woman, as they themselves are maturing into young men within the threshold of puberty.

In an extended scene of Stan's Bar Mitzvah, not included in the film, Stan delivers a speech in which he talks about indifference, and how a lot of the adults in town are selfish and are uncaring of the awful things happening in Derry. This is intercut with scenes of the other Losers Club members doing various activities. He makes a scene and abruptly leaves. The only person who applauds is Richie.

In the film, Henry Bowers partially carving his name onto Ben Hanscom's stomach is depicted as a random act of cruelty. In the novel, Henry specifically targets Ben because he tried to force Ben to let him cheat off his test in school. Ben refused, and as a result Henry failed the test and was required to attend summer school.

In the alternate ending, after bidding farewell to Beverly, Bill goes home to pack for the family trip which had been mentioned in a deleted scene. As Bill and his family drive away in their car, the camera pans to the drain where Georgie was taken. The shot then pauses on the drain and it begins to rain.

Though the film has left out some things from the novel, there are things that occurred in the film that never happened in the novel. This include: The presence of the cat when Georgie encounters Pennywise and it witnessing Georgie's murder. Bill searching vigorously for Georgie for almost a year. Stan's encounter with Judith the Flute Lady after struggling in his Bar Mitzvah rehearsal. The fight between Bill and Richie. The brief separation period of The Losers Club, except for Bill and Beverly. Stan's Bar Mitzvah. Beverly (presumably) killing her father in self-defense. Pennywise abducting Beverly. Mike pushing Henry Bowers down the well in self-defense. The whole sequence of Beverly waking up in the sewers, Pennywise performing his bizarre Bob Gray dance for her, her attempting to escape, and Pennywise putting her in a trance and making her float by exposing her to the Deadlights. Pennywise taking Bill hostage and offering a deal to The Losers to spare them by keeping him. In a deleted scene that was filmed, Pennywise is terrorizing a pilgrim and ended up devouring her baby in the 17th century.

(at around 25 mins) When Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is reading about the Easter explosion in the library, an old woman can be seen in the background turning toward him and staring while smiling widely. This could potentially be It, watching Ben's fear as he sees the little boy's decapitated head in the book.

Henry Bowers' fate after being pushed down the well shaft was left ambiguous by the filmmakers. It wasn't confirmed that he survived until it was announced that Teach Grant would play him as an adult in It Chapter Two (2019).

Beside the opening scene in the sewer drain with Georgie and the scene towards the climax in which Bill shoots him in the forehead while in the sewer with the rest of the Losers, Pennywise does not blink.

There was an alternate version of the confrontation scene between The Losers and Pennywise towards the ending. According to Jaeden Martell (Bill), the scene involves Bill climbing up the tower of Pennywise's victims' belongings and almost dying after a confrontation with Pennywise. He states, "I did have this scene where I climb up a tower at the end. When I'm chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I'm at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I'm not afraid of him, that none of the Losers are afraid of him, and that's how we beat him. But they took those lines and put [them] toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgård is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene." He says that this is one of his favorite scenes.

(at around 2h) During the final fight scene, It attacks Mike by transforming his arms into giant spider-like legs and trying to stab Mike. This could be a reference to both the novel and It (1990) mini-series in which the characters see It's true form, but their minds can only comprehend it as being a giant spider.

(at around 2h 5 mins) The order in which the Losers' Club leave after the blood oath is the order in which they die or are injured in the book. Stanley leaves first, and it is he who commits suicide after learning that It has returned. After giving a hug to Richie, Eddie leaves next, and he dies in the final confrontation between It and The Losers Club. The hug between the two could symbolize Richie's love for Eddie, as he sacrifices himself to save Richie. Mike leaves third, and in the novel he is heavily injured when he is attacked by Henry Bowers. The rest of the members survive and are relatively uninjured by the end of the book.

The final fight scene was very complicated to shoot. According to VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois, the occurrences that happen in the scene had to be planned out. He states, "Basically what they did was bring in all the stunt performers into a gym, and they learned the choreography and they motion-captured this. We built really quick CG assets for all of the characters, including Pennywise, and we planned out all of his transformations and action".

The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may still be alive. However, author Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, stating that the character is too scary, even for him.

The characterizations of some of The Losers are quite different from their novel counterparts. For example, in the novel, Mike is the one who has a lot of knowledge about Derry and often informs his friends about the disturbing events that have happened in the town over the years. Whereas in the film, Ben is the knowledgeable one concerning the horrifying occurrences in Derry. However, Mike has shown that he also has knowledge about the town's dark past in a few scenes. Also, in the novel, both Eddie and Beverly were portrayed as rather weak when it comes to standing up for themselves against those who have tormented them, even as adults. Whereas in the film as it progresses, they were both shown to gradually stick up for themselves more and fought back against their tormentors when necessary.

Like in the original novel, it's heavily implied that Eddie's mother has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Her actions throughout the film showcase her controlling nature towards her son. Towards the end of the film, it's only when Eddie calls her out on her deceptive behavior in making him think that he's sickly by taking useless prescription drugs is when her control over him breaks.

(at around 55 mins) During the scene where Bill is woken up in his bed by water dripping from the ceiling onto a drawing he made of Beverly, which is sitting on his pillow, the water drops cause the red pencil, used for her hair, to look like blood. This foreshadows a scene later in the film (at around 1h 40 mins) where Beverly, having been abducted by Pennywise, is woken up in the sewers by blood dripping on her face.

Director Andy Muschietti confirmed that many of "It's" forms, such as the werewolf and mummy, will be cut and replaced with new forms. He said that this is to make the terrors surprising, even for those who have read the book.

When Andy Muschietti initially signed on to direct, the studio had wanted him to use exactly the same script that Cary Joji Fukunaga had planned on using, with the only edits being the omission of the more controversial scenes that would've earned the film an NC-17 rating (such as Henry Bowers having sex with a sheep and ejaculating on a birthday cake, or Beverly's father attempting to rape her). Muschietti loved the structure and human drama of Fukunaga's version, but requested that he be allowed to slightly edit the script to make it more faithful to the novel, which the studio chose to allow. These changes included putting in the Leper and Bill's stutter, elements from the novel which Fukunaga had cut, as well as changing names back to their original novel forms (Will to Bill, Travis to Henry, Snatch to Belch, etc.) and changing the firework fight back to the "Apocalyptic Rock Fight." Muschietti also planned on including the "Smokehole" scene in which Richie and Mike use a Native American tradition to have a vision which details how It arrived on Earth millions of years ago. Due to the extensive CGI needed for this scene, it was deemed too expensive for the film and Muschietti was forced to cut it from the script. It was featured in It Chapter Two (2019) instead.

Most of the parents of The Losers are shown at some point to be watching (or listening to) a TV show where the key word is 'clown' and 'all children should come to the sewers' is said. This would suggest that It is influencing the town's inhabitants in various ways on a daily basis.

As opposed to the somewhat typically combative sibling relationship portrayed in the novel and miniseries, in the film, Bill and Georgie's sibling relationship is very close. This is evidenced by the one scene they share at the beginning of the film, Georgie's final words, and photos of the two brothers together on the projector slide. This makes Georgie's death even more heartbreaking, especially considering how Bill spent almost an entire year searching for him after he disappeared.

Some of the more graphic scenes in the book involving the children were left out of the movie, including Patrick giving Henry a handjob, Patrick suffocating his infant brother, Bev continuously being beaten by her father, and the infamous orgy scene with Bev in the sewer.

The new film adaptation features the more disturbing aspects of the novel that the original TV mini-series was not able to. These include the more extreme acts of violence committed by Pennywise and the bullies, as well as the dark sexual undertones present throughout the novel (Eddie Kaspbrak's encounter with the Leper, the relationship between Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter, etc). However, the child orgy scene from the novel was excluded from this film.

Despite the elderly woman being the only person outside when Georgie encountered and was taken by Pennywise, the cat is the only true witness to Georgie's murder. This possibly shows that animals are aware of and can sense It's evil presence. Whereas like most of the adults in Derry, the woman is shown to be oblivious to the danger concerning It or is under It's influence. The cat's presence and it witnessing Georgie's murder was in neither the novel nor the miniseries.

(at around 1h 13 mins) The "Slideshow" scene where Pennywise reveals himself through rapidly changing slides, is a nod to another Stephen King story, "The Sun Dog" in which a mangy and increasingly aggressive dog is revealed through a series of Polaroid photos before leaping out and attacking the protagonists. Pennywise also jumps out of the projection, hunched and barking like a dog before attacking.

(at around 2h 5 mins) At the end of the film, Beverly tells Bill that she's leaving Derry to live with her aunt in Portland, Maine. Portland is the birthplace of Stephen King.

In light of the film referencing A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), and almost originally featuring Freddy Krueger as one of the forms that It takes on, audiences and critics have noticed a strong correlation between the two horror properties. It's noted that both It (2017) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as their other variations, share striking similarities in terms of concept, plot, and the main villain. These similarities involve a demonic child murderer with the ability to evoke fear through supernatural and psychological means, to manipulate or possess people, warp reality, shapeshifts in accordance to one's fears as well as the guises of lost loved ones, has superhuman strength, and mainly preys upon children and teenagers. Furthermore, in both cases, the eldritch antagonist exhibits an unpredictable and sadistic type of personality, and enjoys engaging in sick and twisted humor. It's also noted that both horror properties share the theme of fear.

(at around 1h 45 mins) It's most true form is bright orange lights that exist in the "Macroverse" called Dead Lights. Seeing these will cause any human to go insane. They make a brief appearance in the movie when Pennywise opens his mouth while holding onto Bev.

During the fight scene at the climax, Mike is the only one who doesn't truly strike or inflict any pain on Pennywise. Pennywise has either stopped or dodged the blows from Mike's weapon. When he tries to kill Mike, Stan and then Ben, respectively, step in to defend Mike.

There's a brief moment missing from the scene where Mike arrives at the butcher shop and sees It in the form of his burning parents reaching out through the locked door. Originally, when the door swings open the first time, it reveals Pennywise swinging back and forth on a meat hook while seemingly voraciously feasting on some meat and making screeching noises behind a translucent curtain. It's unknown as to why this brief moment was removed from the scene. Though, this part of the scene can be seen being filmed in the behind-the-scenes footage.

(at around 2h 10 mins) After the credits roll Pennywise can be heard laughing, foreshadowing his return for part two.

Though both adaptations are based off of the novel, this film and the It (1990) miniseries have similar scenes that were played out and arranged in different manners from one another as well as the novel. For instance: In the miniseries, Mike is shown to be running away from Henry Bowers and his gang until he collapses into the embrace of the Losers Club who protects him and fends off the Bowers Gang by engaging in a rock fight with them. In this film, it's Ben who's running away from Bowers and his gang to which he ends up losing the gang when he collapses in the creek near the sewage pipe where the four original Losers Club members are investigating Georgie's disappearance, and they decide to help him with his injuries. In a separate scene, the Losers do end up protecting Mike from Bowers and his gang after they find him being assaulted by them and engage in the rock fight with them. In the miniseries, the Losers Club go to a restaurant for a meeting. In this film, they go to Ben's house for a meeting. In the miniseries, after Pennywise's photo album threat and attempted attack upon the Losers Club in the woods, Bill makes a tearful challenge towards It which prompted his friends to comfort him, forming a group hug. In this movie, the slide projector is a stand-in for the photo album and shows Pennywise attacking the group in Bill's garage. However, the group embrace is placed at the climax of the film. After the Losers defeat Pennywise in the sewers, Bill breaks down in grief after he finds Georgie's raincoat among the pile of Pennywise's victims' belongings which prompted his friends to comfort him, forming a group hug. In the miniseries, the scene where the Losers are in the sewers the first time holding hands to jointly resist Pennywise's scare tactics and meditating in a circle in preparation to face him, he ends up taking Stan hostage. In this film, despite attacking Stan in the sewer tunnels when the Losers were searching for Beverly, he ultimately attacks and takes Bill hostage during the confrontation.

The scene where Eddie breaks his arm could be foreshadowing his death in the novel. While confronting It in the final battle, Eddie (similar to Georgie) gets his arm bitten off by It and bleeds to death while being comforted by Richie and Beverly, who yell out to Bill for help. In the novel, Eddie touches Richie's face, though it is reversed in the film.

(at around 54 mins) Sophia Lillis said in an interview that the scene where a fountain of blood sprays out of the sink drain in her face was the hardest scene for her to shoot.

One of the scenes from the original novel that never made it into the miniseries nor any of the films is the death of a local Derry boy named Eddie Corcoran. The scene involves the boy running away from home due to his abusive stepfather, getting caught up in a storm, and Pennywise terrorizing him in the form of his deceased brother and ultimately killing him as a sea creature by ripping his head off. Readers have stated that this is one of the most disturbing scenes in the book due to how drawn out it is and the sense of dread that Eddie felt the whole time. Some readers even stated that this scene is scarier than Georgie's death scene.

When The Losers Club are conversing about their fears and Derry's dark past during the Fourth of July town celebration, behind them is the huge statue of Paul Bunyan. In the novel, Pennywise brings the Paul Bunyan statue to life and chases adult Richie around town. This scene didn't happen in the miniseries due to the series having a limited budget and the technology at the time wasn't advanced enough. However, the scene does happen in the sequel, It Chapter Two (2019).

(at around 1h 55 mins) During the scene where Pennywise is luring Bill, under the guise of Georgie before the climactic battle in the sewers, Bill clearly knew it wasn't his brother. This is due to, besides the obviously missing arm, of which Bill would have no knowledge, "Georgie" referring to the paper boat as "it" as opposed to "she" which was what Bill and Georgie had agreed to call the boat. Bill had even corrected "Georgie" in calling the boat "she".

(at around 21 mins) Stan's (Wyatt Oleff) first encounter with It comes in the form of a painting in a style much like that of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, whose paintings were an inspiration in the design of "Mama" in the film Mama (2013), which was also directed by Andy Muschietti. Stephen King said that this scene actually terrified him.

Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti fought hard (with help from the producers) to put more scenes from the novel into the movie. The Smoke Hole scene was demanded but the studio deemed it too expensive. Andy was able to put most scenes he requested back into his adaptation, such as Eddie's encounter with the Leper.

During the montage scene of all the members of the Losers' Club during their brief split-up, you can see Stan (Wyatt Oleff) during his Bar Mitsva while Richie (Finn Wolfhard) and his mother are in the audience. Only brief shots are used of what was originally a longer scene where Stan improvises his speech and chastises the audience, much to the dismay of his father. The scene ends with Richie applauding, much to the chagrin of his mother. The full scene can be found as a deleted scene on the BluRay, but it also appears (while using some alternate takes) as a flashback in It Chapter Two (2019).

For Pennywise's constant climactic fight transformations, visual effects company Rodeo FX augmented Bill Skarsgård's performance with 3D creature pieces. "In the end, you could have the shape of both characters, but both of them could have the textures of one or the other. With some simulated effects, we'd be able to balance all of that out and really time it to what Andy was looking for," explains VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois.

Eddie's encounter with The Leper in the novel was much more disturbing. In the novel, he encounters Pennywise as The Leper outside of Neibolt House and is chased by the creature. As the creature chases him, he's masturbating in his pants and making vulgar remarks toward Eddie.

(at around 46 mins) When The Losers are going to Ben's house, you can see in the background as the camera pans to Patrick Hockstetter's 'missing' poster that Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) trips over his bike while placing it on the ground.

When Georgie loses the boat down the storm drain, he says "Bill's gonna kill me". When Pennywise/It uses Georgie's boat to beckon him closer, he says, "Bill's gonna kill you". In the sewer scene towards the end of the film, It morphs into Georgie while confronting Bill, leading to Bill shooting It (while appearing as Georgie) in the head.

Georgie is shown to be a little more cautious and alarmed when he interacts with Pennywise. In the It (1990) miniseries, he's a little more naive and somewhat trusting. In this film, Georgie's clear visible discomfort of Pennywise is more evident, especially after Pennywise' mood shift when he stops laughing. At the very beginning of the miniseries, the little girl that sees Pennywise through the hanging bed sheets seems delighted to see him, in thinking he's a real clown until she notices that there's something not right about him and reacts in a similar manner as to Georgie in this film.

The famous Smoke Hole scene explaining It's alien origin from the novel is omitted from this adaptation due to budget constraints. Because of this, it is speculated that the climactic Ritual of Chüd from the novel was omitted as well due to its ties to the Smoke Hole scene. These two scenes were also missing from the 1990 TV mini-series. However, both scenes were featured in the sequel It Chapter Two (2019).

(at around 1h 55 mins) As five of The Losers are frantically urging Bill to shoot Pennywise during the scene where the climactic battle takes place, Mike warns him that there are no more bullets left once he quickly realized that the bolt gun is empty after Bill had already shot Pennywise, who was disguised as Georgie. When the bolt gun is fired a second time, nothing actually comes out of it, except sound. This means that when Bill shoots Pennywise in the forehead, Pennywise actually fooled him into thinking he did so by creating a fake wound on his forehead just as the gun went off and briefly behaving as if he's injured until he attacks him.

The film explains It's mantra of 'You'll float too'. In the climax of the film in the Derry sewers where The Losers defeat It, the other missing children are seen floating around the sewer rubbish pile. This is the effect of It's Deadlights. Beverly is seen floating also after being rendered catatonic by It's Deadlights.

(at around 50 mins) A book of the fairy tale, 'The Frog Prince' is seen on Beverley's desk, as a reference to Ben's kiss later in the film.

The Paul Bunyan statue can be seen during the Fourth of July parade scene. In the novel, It uses the Paul Bunyan statue to terrorize Richie. This scene was featured in the sequel, It Chapter Two (2019), during a flashback to Richie's childhood.

There's a brief moment and a few lines of dialogue from Richie missing in the scene where Pennywise is making an offer to The Losers to spare them by keeping Bill while holding him hostage. At one point, Richie says, "Bill, I told you. I told all of you! We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" This part of the scene can be seen being filmed in the behind-the-scenes footage.

(at around 2h) During the fight between The Losers Club and Pennywise at the climax, Pennywise momentarily morphs into Beverly's father, to which Beverly responded by shoving a length of re-bar into his mouth. Similarly, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), during the scene where Alice confronts Freddy Krueger in a dream in which he has Yvonne hostage, Alice shoves the tail end of a pool skimmer into Freddy's mouth. There are many references to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) in this film, most notably in the scene where it is one of the movies advertised as playing at the Derry movie theater. The 'impalement-through-the-mouth' scene involving Alice can be seen briefly during the end credits of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and during the opening of Freddy vs. Jason (2003) along with other clips from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) film series.

When "Love Removal Machine" by The Cult is playing during the introductory scene of most of the Losers' Club, a line from the first verse is noticeably omitted- "A scarlet woman, she got me in fear", hinting at the final confrontation where redhead Beverly delivers the killing blow on Pennywise and him saying his last line of the film, "Fear".

(at around 1h 55 mins) During the scene where Pennywise is holding Bill hostage and is offering a deal to The Losers Club to let them go by keeping Bill in return, if you listen closely when Bill urges his friends to leave without him and apologizes to them, Pennywise slightly whispers, "There you go." He's saying this to Bill. This is a tactic that Pennywise used to basically make Bill accept his fate.

Patrick Hockstetter's character and death in the film are substantially changed from the novel, in which his violent tendencies featured the murder of his infant brother by suffocation. Also in the novel but not in the film are a homosexual act with Henry, resulting in him being beaten and threatened by Henry; the murder of cats, dogs, and other animals, which he deposits into an abandoned refrigerator in the Derry quarry; and ultimately his death; where he is killed by It, in the form of large flying leeches, which drill out portions of him while siphoning his blood. In this film adaptation, much of this is left out and Patrick instead meets his demise when he encounters It in a sewer tunnel, having become separated from the Bowers Gang while looking for Ben Hanscom. Initially appearing as the dead children of Derry, It then appears as Pennywise hiding behind a "I 'heart' Derry" balloon. The balloon pops and It proceeds to devour Patrick.

Surprisingly, some people have stated that they felt sorry for Pennywise during his last scene in this film. This is due to the theorized notion that he was so desperate for sustenance at that point he decided to go after The Losers Club all at once since his 27-year-slumber was drawing near.

Though it's somewhat left ambiguous in this film and It Chapter Two (2019), Beverly's father is implied to have died from the self-defensive blow she gave him on his head. It's unclear whether he died instantly judging by the amount of blood he lost when Bill discovered him lying motionless on the bathroom floor in this film or he eventually died from the injury some point afterward. This would be the obvious reason as to why Beverly ended up moving out of Derry and went to live with her aunt. In It Chapter Two (2019), when Beverly visits her childhood home, the old woman, Mrs. Kersch, informs her that her father had died as if he recently passed. However, since Mrs. Kersch is Pennywise in disguise, the statement can't be counted upon. This is because first, Pennywise is deceptive by nature and second, due to the logistics of how Mr. Marsh sustained the head injury from being hit by a heavy glass tank cover from a toilet and not getting immediate medical attention to treat the injury and stop the bleeding, his injury became a fatal concussion.

Unlike the 1990 mini-series adaption, the film features on-screen blood and gore, specifically in relation to the deaths of George Denbrough (whose death was off-screen in It (1990)) and other victims including Betty Ripsom. The film also features Henry Bowers carving the letter H into Ben Hanscom's stomach, a scene which was begun but never finished in the 1990 adaptation.

The original novel portrayed "It" as manifesting in the forms of various classic Universal 1930s-1940s horror monsters, including Wolfman (though technically "It's" manifestation is of the shapeshifter from I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)), Frankenstein's Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon's Gill-Man and the Mummy. All these forms are omitted from the film except for the Mummy, which is featured attacking Ben in the climax.

Mike (Chosen Jacobs) encounters It in the form of his burning parents and other fire victims trying to escape from behind a padlocked door. While Mike explains what happened to his parents, the other arms could belong to Black Spot nightclub victims. In the novel, Mike's father tells him the story of the Black Spot fire, which was started by the Maine Legion of White Decency. This was also mentioned by Ben in the film while he was talking about his Derry research.

80s references: During a scene toward the end of the film where Pennywise rises up to loom over The Losers the movement of his body and arms is reminiscent of a scene from John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). The scene toward the end where The Losers part ways in a series of fades suggests a reference to the final shot of River Phoenix's Chris Chambers at the end of Stand by Me (1986).

The first one to die in the film is Georgie Denbrough (younger brother of Bill Denbrough), right after losing the paper boat. One of his last lines is "Bill's gonna kill me!" The actor who plays Pennywise (who kills Georgie) is played by Bill Skarsgård.

(at around 1h 26 mins) An homage to the werewolf form taken from the novel comes in the sequence of Pennywise advancing towards the Losers after initially attempting to eat Eddie. The clown's arm morphs into a hairy, extended werewolf-like hand which can also be seen in the promos and trailers of the film.

Unlike the original novel and the 1990 miniseries, in this film, Beverly Marsh had to kill her abusive father in self-defense. Similarly, in Carrie (1976) as well as the original novel and its subsequent adaptations, Carrie White had to kill her abusive mother in self-defense. Both films are based on novels by Stephen King.

This film and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) has similar scenes, especially concerning the main antagonists Pennywise and Freddy Krueger. For example: The main villain manipulating reality in order to make his victims more vulnerable (i.e. making objects come to life, warping his victims' minds into seeing things that aren't present). The main villain emerging from the water to terrorize his victims. Towards the latter half of the film, during a confrontation, one of the main characters ends up shoving an instrument into the main villain's mouth to defend themselves.

The disturbing scene where Georgie meets Pennywise in the sewer is reminiscent of when Jeremy and Jemima meet the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).