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Want a balloon?...Click for Pennywise PosterPennywise the Dancing Clown - Terrifying white-faced clown on the TV mini-series "Stephen King's IT" (1990). Pennywise was actually the psychic projection of an alien creature ("It") living in the sewers of the small 1960s town of Derry, Maine. Every 30 years the creature awoke from hibernation and lured young children to their doom. The adults of the town were aware of the creature but strangely never interfered with its feeding.

Then one day, seven local 12-year-old children (dubbed "the Lucky Seven") realized that evil lurked in their midst, and so they challenged the creature's hold on their town. After an initial encounter, the children believed they had defeated the creature, but thirty years later "It" reappears and kills more children.

The murders alert town librarian Mike Hanlon - one of the former Seven - that once again "It" was alive. He quickly contacts his childhood friends and soon one-by-one they reluctantly return to their hometown to do battle. Unfortunately, Stanley is so terrified that he commits suicide in his tub (The word "It" spelled in blood on the bathroom's tiled wall).

Along the way, Pennywise appears to each of the surviving six and tries to scare them off. But undaunted by his attempts, the now determined adults fulfill their childhood oath to kill the creature. As a result,  librarian Mike Hanlon is attacked and hospitalized.

In a final battle in the creature's subterranean lair, "It" reveals itself as a huge insect and the remaining five adults slay the alien beast for good. Eddie being the last casualty of the group ("It" kills him with insect claws).

Tim Curry (of The Rocky Horror Picture Show fame) played the role of Pennywise, the child killing clown.


A Pennywise for your thoughts?

 IT: Me? I am immortal, child. I am the eater of worlds, and of children. And you are next.
Pennywise: BEEP BEEP Richie! They ALL float down here. When your down here with us, you'll float too!
Pennywise: Excuse me, sir. Do you have Prince Albert in a can? You DO? Well, you better let the poor guy out! A-ha! A-ha! A-ha!
  
Pennywise: Excuse me, ma'am. Is your refrigerator running? It IS? Well, you better go catch it before it runs away! A-ha! A-ha! A-ha!
  
Pennywise: You're too old to stop me! You're all too old.
Young Bill: Swear to me. Swear to me that if it isn't dead, we'll all come back.
Young Bev: I swear.
Young Ben: Swear.
Young Mike: I swear it.
Young Richie: I swear.
Young Eddie: I swear, too.
Young Stan: Swear.

Who were the kids/adults who battled IT/Pennywise?

The Seven (Characters) At age 12 (Actors) As an Adult (Actors)
William 'Stuttering Bill' Denbrough Jonathan Brandis Richard Thomas
Benjamin 'Ben' Hascom Brandon Crane John Ritter
Eddie Kaspbrak Eddie is killed by the 'It's' insects claws in the final battle Adam Faraizi Dennis Christopher
Richard 'Richie' "Trashmouth" Tozier Seth Green Harry Anderson
Stanley 'Stan' Uris Stanley commits suicide rather than face Pennywise again Ben Heller Richard Masur
Beverly (nee' Marsh) Rogan Emily Perkins Annette O'Toole
Michael 'Mike' Hanlon Marlon Taylor Tim Reid

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