‘It’ has surpassed everyone’s expectations by becoming the biggest R rated movie of all time, the biggest horror movie of all time and the biggest movie ever released in September, but it might have been all so different if it had included one scene in its final edit that might have been a bit too much for audiences.
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A couple of weeks ago, Pennywise himself Bill Skarsgard went on a podcast and revealed that there were a couple of scenes that they filmed that were a bit too messed up that they couldn’t actually allow them in the final cut. He didn’t actually give any details of what was going on in the scene itself, other than the fact that it was really, really disturbing,
Whilst the filmed version of it hasn’t been released yet – watch for that as a DVD extra or maybe even in the sequel – the script has leaked onto the internet so we’ve got some idea of what went on. It features Pennywise eating a baby so you know, pretty screwed up.
Take a read below:
1637: INT. WELLHOUSE – NIGHT ABIGAIL, 19. Rushes in and SLAMS the door. As if trying to keep Satan himself out. She clutches her BABY to her breast. Kneels by DYING EMBERS in the hearth. She blows on ’em but a flame never catches. Her Baby starts to fuss… ABIGAIL: Hush now, shhhh… it’ll be – She stops.
Realises that the SMALL CANDLE CHANDELIER slowly spins above her. As if some unnatural force has caused its light to rotate around the room, like tiny primitive searchlights. She hears something slithering in the gray shadows by the Well. Occasionally we catch glimpses of a BLACK SILHOUETTE. Shifting its shape. As if trying to decide on a form.
ABIGAIL (CONT’D): Please, Devil… leave us be…
Shape shifts again. A beam of light passes, revealing PENNYWISE, naked, lithe, flesh pale and translucent, a half- formed imitation of a human, opens his maw full of large razor sharp teeth, dripping with saliva. As the Tin Can spins clockwise, Pennywise moves counter around the room. Each time the light hits his face – It’s different. A Man. A Woman. A Beast. A Monster.
PENNYWISE: You mistake me woman. No mere devil, I am the Eater of Worlds. His voice is guttural, unnatural.
ABIGAIL: But my child, not my child… He is innocent…
PENNYWISE: So you say. The Baby SCREAMS. Pennywise smiles.
PENNYWISE (CONT’D): Beautiful fear…
ABIGAIL: I pray Thee, take me. Abigail shuffles back.
PENNYWISE: I will. And then, him. And thy husband and the rest of thy children, and all the savages who brought you here. And when you all rot in the earth, I will pick thy bones dry until no meat is left to pick. And then I will seek out thy bones and consume thy souls until nothing is left but the weeds! (beat) Or you will occupy yourself otherwise and not interfere. I will take her and you will live, and those of thy other children – in whom I take no interest. And you will thank ME fever and frost did not damn you to the soil.
Abigail looks down at her baby again. 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.
Yep that definitely sounds all kinds of messed up and I definitely need to see it now, especially now that there’s such a mythos and intrigue around due to the fact that it’s banned. Hope it gets leaked and we don’t have to wait two years to finally see it.
For more ‘It’, check out its original way more disturbing and difficult ending. So much going on with that film.