The infamous It clown Pennywise probably justifies the existence of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). But as if a reboot of Stephen King's It isn't enough, Pennywise's look is also getting a scarier reboot.
Admittedly, Pennywise the Clown from the 90s original already had an eerie quality with his big bulb head, the red wig, and the goofy but off-putting costume. But this time, the reboot seems bent on giving Pennywise an otherworldly feel to him.
If the older prototype portrayed by Tim Curry had been a nasty-looking but still oddly realistic clown, you're in for a shadowy treat with the new one.
Entertainment Weekly got the first look for the reboot Pennywise. Seen in the image above, director Andy Muschietti is going for a more sinister appeal instead of hiding behind what should appear at first to be a harmless old clown.
The full costume for Pennywise gives a gothic look with its frills, tight pants, and bell sleeves. The ruffles on the neck of Pennywise's new costume completes the sinister jester look—though there's nowhere the look of a laughing fool in this one.
Pennywise retains the bulb head though the white makeup is cracking to reveal a more realistic and perhaps aged-but-not-really look. One of the more noticeable things about the new Pennywise is that there's practically no color, save the red lips and nose and the hint of orange mangled hair.
Costme designer Janie Bryant, who is responsible for the new costume, shared that the costume takes inspiration from different eras, including Medieval, Elizabethan, Renaissance, and Victorian. The appeal of the costume, compared to the old one, was to make it more childlike.
"The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time."
Overall, instead of a big blob of color that the old Pennywise was, the reboot gives a lankier, almost Slenderman appeal. All the better for scaring children. Imagine that running after you, making double the reach of his strides and closing the gap…
The It reboot will be out on Sept. 8, 2017.