Stephanie Hallett
August 16, 2016 2:31 pm
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If you grew up in the ’90s, you probably watched (and were haunted by) the TV miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel, which starred Tim Curry as the evil protagonist, Pennywise, and filled the nightmares of every child with visions of a murderous clown.

Let me tell you something, friends: Those were the good ol’ days. Curry’s Pennywise looked more like Ronald McDonald than a scary killer, and the special effects of the day were more corny than frightening. The forthcoming remake of It promises to be scarier than ever — and Pennywise the Dancing Clown is darker and more sadistic than we thought possible.

Entertainment Weekly today released the first full-length image of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, and he’s terrifying right from his bristly hair to his pom-pom-toed boots.

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According to Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant, the new Pennywise ensemble contains elements of eras past — Renaissance, Elizabethan and others are evident — and plays on the the clown’s penchant for devouring children.

“There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume,” Bryant says. “The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”

Just the look on Skarsgård’s face in that photo is enough to give us nightmares. Thanks a lot, Pennywise… :/

It is due out in September 2017, and Stranger Things fans get stoked: Finn Wolfhard aka Mike, will play the character of Richie Tozier (who was portrayed by Seth Green in the original!)