Warning: Spoilers ahead.
There have been many books made into films, but few authors can boast a number equal to Stephen King. Nearly all the movies based on Stephen King novels try to bring most of the horror in the literature to the silver screen, yet the It (2017) film actually circumvents some of the most terrifying events that occur in the book. For example, there's a huge sex scene that is completely omitted in Andrés Muschietti's cinematic interpretation of King's written story.
Stephen King's It was made into a two-part miniseries in the 1990s, which was criticized for being comical and not scary enough. Nearly two decades later, Muschietti decided to bring It to the big screen in an ambitious film adaption with a wealth of horrifying scenes. Yet amongst all the frightening hubbub, book readers of It have been quick to point out that lots of scary things were left out in the movie. Just what exactly didn't make the cut for the movie, It? Here is a list of differences between the novel and the film adaptation of King's creepy clown masterpiece. Vote up the most surprising deviations from the book version of It.
Patrick Hockstetter And Henry Bowers Are More Evil In The Book
Hockstetter and Bowers are bullies in both the movie and the book. However, the book goes into much more detail about just how sadistic these two are capable of being. In the book, Hockstetter suffocates his five-year-old brother, Avery, to death with a pillow and is even sexually aroused by his murderous actions. He even tortures animals by starving them to death and keeps their corpses in a refrigerator at a junkyard. Hockstetter is an unlikeable bully in the film, but we don't get the full picture of just how evil he can be, and he's killed off in the film fairly early.
There's also an omitted sequence in the book where Hockstetter gives his friend and fellow bully, Henry Bowers, a handjob, and offers to perform oral sex on him. At this, Bowers punches Hockstetter in the mouth. Bowers also kills Mike's dog in the book and almost kills Mike himself. All these examples of the sadistic nature of Bowers and Hockstetter were left out of the film adaptation.
The Controversial Sex Scene Is Nowhere To Be Found In The Film
There's a rather controversial chapter toward the end of the book where the group of 11-year-old kids participate in an orgy of sorts. The scene is led by the only female in the group, Beverly Marsh. An argument broke out amongst the group of kids, and Marsh realized that It was using his powers to cause the group to fight. She rationalized that the only way to unify the group was to have sex with each of her six friends.
Thankfully, this scene was not included in the movie. The filmmakers decided to just stick with the kids making a blood oath. Of course, a blood pact was made in the book as well, but the filmmakers thought the oath alone was enough.
The Different Timeline From The Books Means Pennywise Will Visit Modern America In Part 2
In the movie It, the timeline is linear with the story being driven by characters who are children. There are no flashbacks into time and the movie takes place in the present. In the book, the story focuses on the characters as adults in the 1980s, with flashbacks to the 1950s when they were children and dealing with It.
Thus, one of the most noticeable differences between the novel and the movie is the decades in which they take place. The book takes place between '57 and '58, and the movie takes place in '88 and '89. This decade change is sure to help the characters seem more relatable amongst a newer generation of fans. There are a few '80s references thrown in for good measure in the 2017 film adaptation, including New Kids on the Block, Street Fighter, and Gremlins.
All in all this means that Part 2 will take place in our modern timeline, making it all the more horrifying to see Pennywise in today's world.
Bill Denbrough Knows Georgie Is Dead In The Book, But Not In The Movie
In the novel, Bill knows that Georgie, his little brother, is dead from the beginning. However, in the film, Bill isn't sure whether Georige is alive or not. In fact, Georgie's body is never recovered - although his detached arm is - and he is still considered a missing person. This sets a vastly different tone for the film. Thus, Bill's main focus in the movie is trying to locate his little brother.