The new adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” is finally in theaters, but the story onscreen may be a little different than the one you remember from King’s novel. Director Andy Muschietti took a few creative liberties, but don’t worry: Pennywise the Clown is still terrifying.
1. The Years in Which the Story Begins
The novel “It” begins in 1957, when Georgie Denbrough’s boat slips into an open sewer near the intersection of Witcham and Jackson one rainy day in Derry, Maine. In the movie, the boat disappears in 1988, and most of the film takes place in the summer of 1989.
In the novel, Georgie’s older brother Bill and his fellow Losers reunite in the 1980s, 27 years after “It” first attacks them. The film sequel to “It” will find them reuniting 27 after 1989, close to the present day.
2. The Underground Clubhouse
A major plot point of King’s book was completely
3. Ben Is The History Guru in The Movie
In the book, Mike brings a photo album from his father to the underground clubhouse. The pictures start to move and
In the movie, Ben is the historian, because he is the new kid in town and initially has nothing to do but hang out in the library. His whole room is adorned
Also, in the film, Mike’s parents were killed in a fire. In the novel, only Mike’s father, Will, dies — and he dies of cancer, four years after The Losers defeat
4. Mummy/Werewolf/Bird Incarnations Were
5. The Bloody Photograph
One famous scene of the book was also completely le
Later, Bill shows Richie the photo album. However, the picture is gone and instead is replaced by a photo of downtown Derry. The picture begins to move and Bill moves to touch it. Just before his fingers enter the picture, Richie pulls them out, only to discover they are cut up.
6. The Way Patrick Hockstetter Dies
Part of Henry Bowers’ bully gang, Patrick has a very gruesome death in the book. In the novel, Patrick, Henry, Victor and Belch are messing around at a local junkyard. Long story short, Patrick wants to dispose of the dead animals he keeps in a fridge, but is attacked by flying leeches, his greatest fear.
In the film, Patrick tries to track down Ben, who he thinks escaped into the sewers. Using his lighter and a spray can for light, he soon discovers zombie-like figures chasing after him, and he gets trapped.
7. The Orgy Was Left Out
Muschietti has talked about the reasoning behind leaving out the big group sex scene in which the Losers lose their
“Well, I think the whole story…
8. The Way(s) It Gets Hurt by the Losers
In the book, the Losers go to the house on Neibolt Street to confront I
Obviously, that’s not the end of the monster. In the book, they later enter through a pumping station where Bill tells the gang that he read about a
In the film, the Losers all beat down on Pennywise until he gets a fatal blow to the head — and Pennywise retreats.
9. Henry (Presumably) Dies
In the book, Henry confronts the Losers when they are adults. Henry attacks both Mike and Eddie, but Eddie kills him
10. The Placebo Medicine
Eddie had been coddled by his mother for the
In the movie, one of the bullies that attacks Beverly frequently in school tells Eddie about the placebo — not the pharmacist.