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Everything That It (The Monster) Turns Into In 2017's 'It'

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The 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's It helped ensure that a healthy fear of clowns made its way to the next generation, but Pennywise isn't the only form It takes in the film. It is a horrifying entity that chooses to appear as the dancing clown most of the time, but It can be many things. It chooses its form according to the maximum psychological terror it can inflict.  

In Stephen King's book, It tends to stick to classic horror movie monsters like mummies, werewolves, and Frankenstein's monster. Sometimes, though, It transforms into something deeply personal. Whatever It appears as to you is chosen because It knows your deepest fears. 

In the 1990s, It was played by Tim Curry, who set the standard for modern spooky clowns. In 2017, Bill Skarsgård took on the role, and he reprised his version of the ravenous monster in 2019's It Chapter Two

In the 2017 film, It appears to the Losers Club in many different forms, each one more haunting to the poor kids of Derry. These are all the different monsters and forms that It takes in the 2017 film.

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    The Deadlights

    According to the book, the Deadlights are actually It's true form. We briefly see them in the gullet of Pennywise when It uses them to transfix and hypnotize Beverly. The Deadlights exist in a higher plane of existence and appear in many of Stephen King's works. 

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    A Kids' Show Host

    While It is the real monster of the movie, Henry Bowers is a close second. He terrorizes the Losers Club whenever he can, and it is revealed later in the film that he is more than just a troubled kid - he's an actual sociopath with barbaric tendencies. It convinces Bowers to end his own father when It appears to the unstable teen as the host of a kids' television show.

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    Georgie is Bill's little brother and It's first target in the film. It chooses to appear to Bill as Georgie on several occasions, knowing the sight of his lost little brother will not only scare but also hurt the kid hero. Bill manages to see through the charade, however, and fights It rather than fall for the trap.

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    One Of The Losers

    For a brief moment, It appears to Bill and Richie as their friend Eddie. His head pops out of an old mattress and asks them if they "want to play loogie" before spitting up an acidic substance, cackling maniacally, and disappearing. 

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