Can't get enough of IT? The horror film that everybody's talking about runs to a generous 135 minutes. But there are still 15 minutes of deleted scenes waiting to be unleashed, including a seriously disturbing flashback.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, director Andy Muschietti and his producer sister Barbara revealed that longer versions of the film had been put together before it was finally trimmed to two-and-a-quarter hours.
Now Warners have asked them to produce a director's cut for release on DVD and Blu-ray – possibly before the end of the year. So what new spine-chilling scenes can we expect?
Well, information on these is slowly coming to light. Anyone with coulrophobia (that's a fear of clowns) should click away right now.
Otherwise, adopt a sinister grin, inflate your red balloon, and read on for what we know so far.
A Really Scary Flashback
This is the one that's got everybody excited.
Ever wondered about the origin of Pennywise the dancing clown? Well, they shot a scene exploring this, but it proved too terrifying to include in the final cut.
Here's what Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, had to say to Variety: “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what IT is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”
The Alternative Ending
In a separate interview with Variety, Jaeden Lieberher, who plays Losers' Club leader Bill Denbrough, revealed that an entirely different ending was shot: "I did have this scene where I climb up the tower at the end. When I’m chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I’m at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I’m not afraid of him, that none of the losers are afraid of him, and that’s how we beat him. But they took those lines and put toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgard is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene."
In addition to all the scary stuff, one of the film's strongest elements is that Stand By Me-style bonding among the Losers' Club.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, director Andy Muschietti mentioned that he'd shot a “very funny” extended version of the quarry scene, where the Losers try to work up the courage to leap into the water below: “After the spitting contest, it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.”
Stanley's Big Speech
In the same interview, Muschietti was asked which scene he most regretted having to cut. He said one stood out, and it involved Stanley Uris (played by Wyatt Oleff) – the rabbi's son who's preparing for his bar mitzvah: “There’s a great scene, it’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectations… it’s basically blaming all the adults of Derry [for the town’s history of disappearing children], and it has a great resolution. …Maybe it will be in the director’s cut!”
IT is still screening at Cineworld. If you haven’t seen it, then get yourself a ticket now. And if you HAVE seen it, then dare you see it again?