Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's "It" movie reboot is back and ready to keep us awake at night.
The full image of the creature that takes the form of a clown from King's 1986 horror novel and the 1990 TV miniseries it spawned has been released via Entertainment Weekly, giving fans a first look at Pennywise's (Bill Skarsgård) complete costume.
It seems "It" director Andy Muschietti has decided to completely revamp Pennywise the Clown and take a different direction appearance-wise as the creature's '90s TV version (played by Tim Curry). Instead of the eye-catching bright red hair and blue and yellow shapeless clown costume, the new Pennywise looks more like a character from a gothic Victorian-era novel with his tight-fitting dusky gray ensemble and dark red hair.
It's no coincidence that the revamped Pennywise gives off this first impression as Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant revealed that she drew inspiration from the Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian and Elizabethan eras for his new look. “The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time," Bryant told Entertainment Weekly.
“That pleating is actually Fortuny pleating, which gives it almost a crepe-like effect,” Bryant continued, referring to the new Pennywise the Clown's thick, puffy collar. “It’s a different technique than what the Elizabethans would do. It’s more organic, it’s more sheer. It has a whimsical, floppy quality to it. It’s not a direct translation of a ruff or a whisk, which were two of the collars popular during the Elizabethan period.”
The designer, whose costume-designing credits include "Mad Men" and "Deadwood," explained that she intended for the costume to be "almost doll-like" in its quality. As EW pointed out, even the gloves she designed for the clown fit him well enough to make his hands look like porcelain. “The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality," she said.
The costume designer wanted to go for an "organic, gourd or pumpkin kind of effect" when she added puffed sleeves and the peplum (the flared, skirt-like part extending from below the doublet).
“It helps exaggerate certain parts of the body. The costume is very nipped in the waist and with the peplum and bloomers it has an expansive silhouette," Bryant said.
Bryant also explained her decision to make Pennywise's costume mostly gray with only a few splashes of color, unlike the TV version's eye-catching rainbow-colored attire. “The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon. It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the gray silk," she said. “It makes him almost like a shadow."
Upon the release of Pennywise's full image, fans took to Twitter to express their opinion of the iconic character's new look. Some were definitely not impressed, saying that the new Pennywise isn't nearly as scary or creepy as Curry's '90s version.
Watch Pennywise the Clown come back to life when the "It" movie reboot hits theaters on Sept. 8, 2017. For now, tell us what you think of the sinister character's new costume in the comments below!