This Scene Was Deleted from ‘IT’ for Being Too F’d Up

Pennywise, star of It, is known for dabbling in cannibalism among other things while terrorizing the children in the small-town of Derry. As if his character couldn’t get any darker, a deleted scene from the film’s script reveals that the Dancing Clown went full on cannibal on a helpless infant. 

Apparently eating elementary aged-children and older is fine, but an infant? Absolutely not.



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The scene was reportedly included in a 2016 draft of the script written by Gary Dauberman, Chase Palmer, and original director Cary Fukunaga. The latter left production early on and was replaced by Andy Muschietti. This significant change probably affected the decision to remove the scene.  


Bill Skarsgård recently told Variety that a scene alluding to Pennywise’s backstory was so disturbing it had to be cut from the film.  “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” he said.


“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.”



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After a reddit user named lundgrenos uploaded the scripted scene, it’s no wonder why the chilling scene was cut.


The full scene, which can be read here, opens with a young mother, Abigail, who frantically tries to escape a haunting monster. As the shape-shifting entity closes in on her, she is forced to sacrifice her child for the safety of her community.


Here’s a snippet of the scene:


She’s shaking, doesn’t want to let go. Behind her, the Door OPENS. A Little Boy, 6, asks — BOY Mama? ABIGAIL NO! OUT! NOW! Frightened by his mother, the Boy runs. Abigail turns back to Pennywise. Wherever he may be now in the room. The light somehow seems to spin faster now. She kisses her baby and sets it down. It BAWLS. ABIGAIL : I’m sorry, I’m so sorry…


She turns away from the baby. Faces those dying embers. We keep on her face as they seem to begin GLOWING BRIGHTER AS — OVER HER SHOULDER — OUT OF FOCUS — Pennywise crawls over to the Baby and starts to feast. SHARP CRY FROM THE BABY CUT OFF as we hear a CRUNCH. 


Abigail continues to look into the BRIGHT ORANGE GLOW of not the flickering fire… …but the DEADLIGHTS. Her expression changing. Fear. Denial. Grief. Acceptance. And then nothing. Just a glazed look. AS IF NOTHING HORRIFIC IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING BEHIND HER.



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No, not disturbing at all [insert sarcasm here]. Though it may have been a pinch too disturbing for this summer’s blockbuster, it might be just right for the sequel. The sequel, which already has an expected release date of September 6, 2019, will reportedly shed light on Pennywise’s character backstory.


“It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is,” Skarsgård told Metro. “There is depth and a change in Pennywise from the first scene to the last and there’s a journey there.”



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