The Most Horrifying Scene in ‘It: Chapter Two’ Doesn’t Even Include Pennywise

TV and movie projects based on the works of Stephen King have a very spotty history. But It remains a fan favorite. In particular, the two films from director Andy Muschietti resonated strongly with audiences. Combined, 2017’s It and 2019’s It: Chapter 2 earned nearly $1.2 billion worldwide. But Pennywise isn’t the scariest thing the horror movies offer.

Bill Skarsgård at the 'It: Chapter Two' premiere
Bill Skarsgård at the ‘It: Chapter Two’ premiere | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Bill Skarsgård reimagined Pennywise the Dancing Clown in ‘It’

In the 1990 miniseries, Tim Curry delivered a chilling performance as King’s shape-shifting manifestation of evil. His turn as Pennywise the Dancing Clown might be one of the only elements of the first It adaptation to age well. But it singlehandedly helped make the character a horror icon.

So Bill Skarsgård already faced high expectations when he joined Muschietti’s films. His Pennywise is darker and more sinister than Curry’s. And because the movies can get away with more than a TV miniseries, Skarsgård is able to go to places Curry would have never been able to.

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But ‘It: Chapter Two’ features a way more horrific threat

Despite the terror invoked by Skarsgård’s Pennywise, his character isn’t the most upsetting thing in Muschietti’s It double feature. After all, the true villain of the story is the trauma the Losers Club members face as children and their struggles to escape it as adults. So there are several instances in which real-life horror supersedes the threat of Pennywise.

But perhaps the most disturbing one happens early in It: Chapter Two. Following a 27-year time jump, audiences witness a horrific assault against two gay men. The pair is viciously beaten, and one of them is even tossed off a bridge while the other screams in terror. Only then does Pennywise re-emerge, symbolical of the darkness still alive and well in the town.

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Can fans expect ‘It: Chapter Three’ anytime soon?

Pennywise might appear defeated at the end of It: Chapter Two. But few horror franchises ever really die, especially with grosses like this. So it’s been rumored already that Muschietti and Skarsgård could return for It: Chapter Three. Nothing as of now has been made official, however.

If such a project were to happen, it would perhaps even be a prequel to the first film. Since Pennywise has been around for hundreds of years, It could easily live on in another story. And since It is designed as an embodiment of fear, hate, and other negative human emotions, can it ever really be destroyed completely?