King’s It was made into a miniseries in 1990 with Tim Curry taking on the role of Pennywise. Curry was fantastic and terrifying in the role, and Bill Skarsgård had gigantic shoes to fill when he accepted the part in the 2017 feature film. Fortunately for King loyalists and horror enthusiasts in general, Skarsgård doesn’t disappoint. His Pennywise the Dancing Clown will haunt your nightmares.
But BET's Clay Cane writes the only thing really horrifying about the remake is how Pennywise looks.
The terror is solely dependent on Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgård. While his performance is incredibly strong, an overly CGI-ed killer clown who looks like a drag queen in need of a solid lace front just isn't scary in 2017. Similar to how the Nightmare Elm Street remake bombed, Freddy Krueger was only fearful for its time.