It's been a little over a month since the It movie hit theaters and it doesn't look like the buzz is going to die down anytime soon — if ever. As with all Stephen King movies, It was unanimously received by audiences as a dark, somewhat comedic film that if nothing else, scared viewers shtless. Nothing too surprising about that, right? Well, turns out the final product was actually a lot milder than initially intended. Now, *that's hard to believe. In an interview with Variety:
"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. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that."
Yeah, no freakin' thank you! Skarsgård is a handsome enough dude — if you're into that sorta thing, but even without the Pennywise makeup, there's just a certain demonic nature to his face/mannerisms (in that role) that he's just a wee-bit too much nightmare fuel for us to bear.
Beyond Bill's description, the deleted scene was discovered by Bloody Disgusting. Of course, we're gonna have to go ahead and share that with y'all. Here's an excerpt. Please don't read this in a dark room, by the way
"She’s shaking, doesn’t want to let go. Behind her, :the Door OPENS. A Little Boy, 6, asks — BOY: Mama? ABIGAIL: NO! OUT! NOW! Frightened by his mother, the Boy runs. Abigail turns back to Pennywise. Wherever he may be now in the room. The light somehow seems to spin faster now. She kisses her baby and sets it down. It BAWLS. ABIGAIL: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…
"She turns away from the baby. Faces those dying embers. We keep on her face as they seem to begin GLOWING BRIGHTER AS — OVER HER SHOULDER — OUT OF FOCUS — Pennywise crawls over to the Baby and starts to feast. SHARP CRY FROM THE BABY CUT OFF as we hear a CRUNCH. Abigail continues to look into the BRIGHT ORANGE GLOW of not the flickering fire… …but the DEADLIGHTS. Her expression changing. Fear. Denial. Grief. Acceptance. And then nothing. Just a glazed look. AS IF NOTHING HORRIFIC IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEHIND HER.”
Can someone please explain the fascination with portraying cannibalism in film nowadays?! Permitting that's what the "feast" is referring to, which, yeah, we think it is. Woof, we're glad that was cut and we'll never have to the visual to support the description — well, not until the sequel drops.