Greatest Antagonist Series vol. 63 // American Horror Icons Nr. 11 (Final Edition)
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
2017 - IT
Look who crawled into the post... IT!
I think Stephen King might've created the perfect monster here; an ancient being, which transcend even the birth of the cosmos, lands, as the comet which destroyed all dinosaurs, on planet earth. When civilization begins to grow, a city known as Derry develops; and that small village because the prey of IT. Of course, only those who've read the book would know all this...
Through the decades of different Horror Icons we now stand in 2018, and what has happened is this: people are going crazy about the 80's! TV-series such as Stranger Things have really made it clear, that if you want a story popular, put it in the 80's with a bunch of outsider-kids, and throw in a lot of throwbacks! It really is amazing how things can change; this lust for the 80's have also made it so, that we've seen sequels to movies no one thought would get a sequel, such as BR 2049. And some Horror Icons of old return to the big screen!
Of course, same goes with IT. However, in stead of putting the remake in the 50s, they situated it in the good ol' eighties... and that was a great move!
In the first place, everybody finds a scary clown to be scary, which makes sense; something supposed to be gentle and funny, can quickly become frightening because it's supposed to be gentle; it's disturbing! And, a Clown coming from the sewers, to eat children, whilst having many different forms is truly disturbing...
Which version do I like best? Definitely the original, but I think that's because Robbins' is the one I got used to... the 2017 version is very scary as well, but in a different way.
So, from Cross-Dressing Psychos to Killer Clowns; that's how the American Horror Show goes... For good and for worse, these are the masters of American Horror! Thanks for the spooks, and let the body count continue!
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