Here are most of my favorite Pennywise moments with explanations as to why they were chosen:
Explanation: The beginning of the movie went from Hallmark to SyFy in less than fifteen minutes, and I loved that. We see two brothers bonding over the creation of a paper boat and then Georgie finds himself crouched down near a storm drain. Pennywise emerges and speaks to him, and for a moment, he does such a convincing job that he almost makes you forget that he’s not really a clown. It’s how I felt when this moment happened. You remember what the movie is about, what he is, and you know what’s about to happen next. This stare was so unnerving.
Explanation: A ‘normal’ monster would just burst through a wall or loom out of the darkness, but Pennywise chose to emerge from a refrigerator and then he proceeded to taunt Eddie. The Losers were scattered around the property and any of them could have stopped him, but he had everything under control until he didn’t. I doubt he did anything to stall Ben, Mike, Beverly and Stan, either. He knew who he needed to keep occupied, the leader and his second-in-command, and he did.
Explanation: This moment was intense. It was the music, the deep tone that played in the background, and the look in his eyes when his focus shifted from one prey to another. There’s something so animalistic about his look too. It’s as if a lion was about to tuck into his meal when he heard the whisper of poachers in the distance.
Explanation: His drool is visible, that’s one of the obvious reasons why this was labeled a favorite moment, but it’s because we can see him. The Losers can see him. Lately, horror movies have been about what’s in the dark, what we can’t see, and Pennywise is standing in a kitchen in broad-daylight with eyes on him. He’s injured, but he could sense enough fear in the room that he continued to pursue his victims, and this scene really captured the difference between his size and the size of the children.
Explanation: This expression was hilarious! Let’s face it, I’m sure everyone thought the same thing about how Pennywise reacted to Richie calling his ‘home’ a “crackhead house.” He just looked so offended. But I know it’s something more than that. Pennywise has been putting his focus on this group of children for a reason and that’s because they posed a threat to his existence. Hearing Richie make light of the moment probably told Pennywise that he felt comfortable to make it that way, which means that there was no desperation, no worry that Bill was going to have his head twisted off. There was no fear, so he probably sensed that. But that’s just my interpretation.