While the 2016 clown craze and the more recent adaptations of Stephen King’s “It” in 2017 and 2019 have certainly kept the creepy clown mythos alive, there are many (myself included) who still considered Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise as the definitive creepy clown in horror history.
So it comes with excitement and anticipation that a brand new documentary, Pennywise: The Story of It is getting a limited theatrical release on July 8, 2022 and then releasing on Bloody Disgusting’s streaming service Screambox on July 26!
The documentary’s trailer reveals interviews with cast and crew, including the likes of Seth Green (who played young Ritchie) and the legend himself, Tim Curry! His inclusion is not only fitting, but heartwarming, especially given his recent health issues. The snippets of interviews we get in the trailer promise us juicy behind the scenes details of what went on during production (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
From the directors of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Untold: the Path to Pet Semetary, this new documentary seeks to celebrate a TV miniseries that blew up in ways no one thought possible, especially back then. One such interviewee makes the point that TV movies don’t have a long shelf life, and here we are 30+ years later, holding that original adaptation up as the definitive representation of Stephen King’s story.
Granted, some prefer the newer movies, but there is absolutely no denying that Tim Curry’s performance has stood the test of time. It’s also really intriguing to see this level of behind the scenes depth for a medium that didn’t usually get that level of detail. Nowadays, we get making of features on DVDs and Blurays, but for a TV movie from 1990, there wasn’t as much stock put into bonus materials, so this documentary will have the chance to fill that void.
Up until now, Shudder has remained the quintessential horror-specific streaming service. And while they still maintain that dominance, Screambox is certainly on the rise with original content like Pennywise: The Story of It. For us horror fans, there’s certainly room for both of them, and a little friendly competition will hopefully bring about even more original horror content like this!
What do you hope to see in the upcoming It documentary? What other horror movies would you like to see get the same treatment? Let us know in the comments!