Creepy clown haunts childhood

By Carla Santos

Ranger Reporter


When I was about 6 years old, my mother had sent me to bed, but being the rebel that I am, I decided to sneak into the living room behind the couch and watch TV.

My aunt turned the channel, and a movie called IT came on. Little did I know that a movie with such a short title would scar my childhood.

The TV movie is based on a book of the same name by Stephen King. It first aired in November 1990 and is about a creepy clown, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, or IT, who has these long claws and sharp, scary teeth.

He terrifies seven kids and even kills the little brother of one of the main character. He appears in the shower drains and whispers a victim’s name through it; at other times, Pennywise lures little kids with balloons into the side drains in the streets.

I never wanted to shower alone after that or play outside on a rainy day. Hearing that scary clown’s voice still sends chills down my spine.

I never was scared by any other movie the way I was by this one. It is the scariest clown movie of all time; Stephen King definitely ruined little children’s dreams and trips to the circus.

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