For Richie, it’s unlikely that there would be lingering fallout from seeing the deadlights like there was for Beverly since its influence seems to dissipate at the end ofChapter Two, allowing the Losers to remember each other this time. Evil clowns were reported in several other U.S. states including North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming Later the same year, “clown sightings” were reported in Great Britain, Australia, and Latin America. The first reported sighting of people dressed as evil clowns in Greenville, South Carolina was by a small boy spoke to his mother of a pair of clowns that had attempted to lure him away.

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Tinker McCutcheon, Floyd Calderwood, Lathrop “El Katook” Rounds, Eddie King, and 7 Other Men – Hacked to death by Claude Heroux. Claude Heroux – Lynched by The Townspeople of Derry. Several Animals – Mutilated by Pennywise. 88 Children and 14 Adults – Killed when The Kitchener Ironworks exploded.

Raised on a steady diet of The West Wing and classic film, she is now a cosplayer who will fight you over issues of inclusion in media while also wr coffee shop AU fanfic for her favorite rare pairs. Of course, there’s the fact that Richie’s story is the saddest of all the surviving Losers. Bill returns to his charmed life as a writer, Ben and Bev get together, and Mike finally is able to leave Derry. But Richie is in mourning when we last see him, and while that final voiceover and the smile he gives his carving seems to point towards some hope, it’s undeniably sad.



His emotional journey in the second film retroactively gives him more depth in the first film as well as advances the character beautifully in Chapter Two, because we realize what his deepest fears and insecurities were about. Of all the articles I expected to write about IT Chapter Two, I can definitely say that writing about how they made the relationship between Richie Tozier and Eddie Kaspbrak canonically romantic was not one of them. Sign in to commentBe respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.

Additional creepy clown sightings were reported in other parts of South Carolina. The character was suggested as a possible inspiration for two incidents of people dressing up as clowns in Northampton, England and Staten Island, New York, both during 2014. Sign up to receive the latest horror news, access to exclusive contests, and updates. Stanley’s death would be terrible enough for his wife and family anyway.

Bill encounters Georgie, but recognizes that he is It in disguise. As Pennywise, It takes Bill hostage, offering to spare the others and go into hibernation if they let It feed on Bill.

I’m traumatized justremembering the scene now as I sit here recapping it. As a stoic horror fan who has absorbed the entire Eli Roth canon, I was surprised by my own reaction.

Perhaps it’s because my nephew is Georgie’s age and has approximately the same level of adorability. When I saw Georgie suffer onscreen, though, I saw my nephew suffer–and to a lesser extent, my cat. Georgie flings himself backwards and his arm has been bitten off. Now the boy is on the ground, crying and screaming and trying to get away.

Richie never comes out to his friends and therefore never has his fears of rejection be proven baseless. We have hope for him to have a future where he’s happy, but we never see it. During his first appearance in the original novel, he talks about doing his voices and impressions because it’s easer to be brave when you’re someone else. It’s easy to translate this fear into a fear of being open about his sexuality or his feelings, and in fact is part of why his sexuality and his relationship with Eddie have been speculated about long before the first IT came out in 2017.

Pennywise then sort of Mr. Fantastic’s his arm into a tentacle and pulls the boy into the sewer. , the film’s main protagonist, crafts the ill-fated paper boat, impossibly angelic Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) rests his head on his sibling’s shoulder, just luxuriating in their blessed bond. Everything the little boy does leading up to the scene’s climax is basically that row of girl scouts on an airplane singing “We like being alive”on Family Guy.

  • It received praise for its performances, direction, screenplay, cinematography, and musical score.
  • On June 2, 2016, Jaeden Lieberher was confirmed to be portraying lead protagonist, Bill Denbrough.
  • On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 368 reviews, with an average rating of 7.24/10.
  • Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an overall positive score of 85% and a 64% “definite recommend.”

“Director Andy Muschietti weaves the young & adult Losers together super well, giving IT 2 a truly epic feel,” writes Perri Nemiroff of Collider. In the final scene with Pennywise, as he backs away from the kids, he is saying something. After he flips backwards and hangs onto the edge of the well (is that well? just a big drain?) the last thing he says is “fear” before falling down in. Stan is haunted by a pair of drowned kids and Mike by a giant killer bird – both of those could just be their versions of “monsters.” Eddie is terrified of leprosy, probably thanks to his mother. Bev’s bathroom scene could be a manifestation of her fear of her period.

The Losers reject this, battling wh It while overcoming their various fears. It is eventually defeated and retreats deeper into the sewers, with Bill declaring that It will starve during its hibernation. Finding the remnants of Georgie’s raincoat, Bill finally comes to terms with his brother’s death and is comforted by his friends. The fictional town of Derry is a stand-in for the real town of Bangor, Maine. Clocking in at a whopping 1138 pages, It is second only to The Stand (which came in at 1153 pages) as King’s longest work to date.

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The revelation that it was premeditated, and conceived only as a means of doing good, is completely torpedoed by the fact that it’s an illogical plan. Again, the reveal is that he was actually very brave and self-sacrificing, and so it stands to reason that he was also more than capable of returning to Derry (although, again, his noble intentions apparently didn’t extend as far as the woman he was sharing his whole life with). Remember, Stanley killed himself because he thought he was too afraid of Pennywise to do what had to be done.

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It’s simply the makeup that makes him look so spooky! Luckily, his girlfriend Alida Morberg and their 11-month-old daughter aren’t ones to be frightened by his appearance.

So perhaps the Dancing Clown could manifest in another adaptation. Nevertheless, wh such huge box office success, you can bet Warner Bros will be looking at another way to make a third movie. Pennywise truly is dead and won’t be coming back, no doubt out of respect for King’s story.

The scene in the preview ended just before Pennywise attacks, and even just that portion of it rattled me more than anything in Annabelle. Now that It’s in wide release, though, it turns out the full scene is next level–a primordially horrifying horsekick to the heart that could traumatize anyone who even just knows a child, let alone has one. Richie also gets a full blast of the Deadlights inChapter Two, instantly stopped dead in his tracks, he starts to float slack-jawed in the air. Once the connection is broken, however, Richie also recovers quickly, unlike Audra’s in the novel, whose catatonic state lasts long after she and Bill return home after the battle with It.

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The very fact that he’s making a calculated decision to sacrifice himself – with enough premeditation to handwrite letters to all his old friends, “rationally” explaining his seemingly irrational decision – proves that he was totally capable of doing scary things to stop Pennywise. Kate (she/her) says sorry a lot for someone who is not sorry about the amount of strongly held opinions she has.‘ll make more money than Warner Bros knows what to do with,” writes Drew Taylor of Moviefone. Mike Ryan of Uproxx had a definite preference for the first part of the film, and loved the new adult cast. Sean O’Connell of CinemaBlend liked but didn’t love the film, yet is one of many critics raving about the performance of Bill Hader as Richie Tozier.

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Richie is also in love with Eddie, going as far as to carve their initials on the kissing bridge in town, which is not something you just do for your best buddy. Eddie’s untimely death cuts the possibility of romance short, but Richie’s feelings are still there and Eddie’s feelings are highly implied.

The subtext has always been there for fans, and is only now being explored in a canonical adaptation. As much as I’ve always loved Richie as a character, in the first film he was somewhat underwritten compared to the others. He gets some of the best jokes for sure, but while the other Losers have emotional arcs, Richie just sort of operated as snarky sidekick for the entire film.

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