Amazon Quiz: This character is famously known for which film franchise?
- Amazon Quiz (August 7): This character is famously known for which film franchise?
Amazon Quiz (August 7): This character is famously known for which film franchise?
It is the main antagonist and the titular character of Stephen King's 1986 horror book It. The figure is an ancient, trans-dimensional evil monster that preys on the children (and sometimes adults) of Derry, Maine, every 27 years, employing a variety of powers such as shapeshifting, manipulating reality, and going unobserved by adults.
It primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown throughout the novel. Pennywise's existence is initially noticed by the Losers Club thanks to Bill's younger sibling Georgie.
In a 2013 interview, King revealed that he thought of the concept for Pennywise after asking himself what scared children dreaded "more than anything else in the world," and concluding that clowns were the answer. King envisaged a troll, similar to the one in the children's story Three Billy Goats Gruff, living in a sewer system rather than under a bridge.
Tim Curry portrayed Pennywise in the 1990 television adaptation, Lilliput in the 1998 television adaptation, and Bill Skarsgard in the 2017 film adaptation and its 2019 sequel It Chapter Two.
Several media outlets, including The Guardian, have discussed the character, naming it one of the scariest clowns in film or pop culture. "The scariest thing about Pennywise, though, is how he preys on children's deepest fears, manifesting the monsters they're most petrified by (something J. K. Rowling would later emulate with boggarts)," the Atlantic noted of the figure.
According to British historian Mikita Brottman, the miniseries version of Pennywise is "one of the most frightening of evil clowns to appear on the small screen" and "reflects every social and familial horror known to contemporary America." In his 12.5 book serial Zom-B, author Darren Shan credited Pennywise as an inspiration for the character Mr. Dowling.
The character inspired the name of the American punk music band Pennywise.