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IT looks scary as you know what! #book2movies

I remember my brother chasing my sister through the World’s Fair in Montreal* teasing her that there was a clown he wanted her to meet. Ten years old, she ran like hell. It wasn’t a game, she was terrified. She’s one of the thousands of people who see nothing funny about clowns. Some say about 10 to 12% of the population suffers from this particular phobia, an irrational fear of clowns. They call it coulrophobia.

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It will have to do without them in the seats when the movie comes out in September. Watching this trailer, feeling my own heart race, IT will probably have to do without me too. 

About the movie

In a small town of Derry, Maine, seven children come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Bill Skarsgård (brother of Big Little Lies’s Alexander Skarsgård) plays Pennywise, an assortment of young actors play the gaggle of kids including the requisite nerd in glasses, smart girl, fat boy, black boy et al. Three cheers for that. If our own neighborhoods were as diverse as this cast, we’d all have a much better understanding that people are people, no matter what shape, size, sex or color, under the skin. There really is nothing to fear. Except of course, clowns.

*corrected. See the comment section. :)