New crowd-funded IT doc investigates the legend of Tim Curry's Pennywise

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May 24, 2017

The first full trailer for Andy Muscietti's IT scared the bejesus out of viewers and nearly caused a total collapse of the internet.

Suffice it to say, people are obsessively interested in the Stephen King-based horror remake coming in September and the homicidal antics of its star, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. But before Bill Skarsgard donned the greasepaint and funny shoes to terrorize children in Derry, British actor Tim Curry portrayed the evil entity in a frightening 1990 TV mini-series directed by Halloween III's Tommy Lee Wallace.

 

A new crowd-funded documentary from filmmaker John Campopiano will explore the evolution of Curry's creepy clown in a feature titled Pennywise: The Story of IT. An Indiegogo campaign and trailer has been launched to help secure the necessary funds to finish, and it looks enticing, even if you flee at the sight of a costumed jester with a handful of red balloons.

Quell your coulrophobia and have a peek at the official description and pitch video below, and see if you can spare some bucks for this petrifying independent project.

“As many know, I’ve teamed up with UK filmmakers Gary Smart and Chris Griffiths, both of whom are based in London, on a brand new documentary about Stephen King’s IT called, Pennywise: The Story of IT.

Earlier this afternoon we officially launched our Indiegogo campaign which will–hopefully!–be successful and will allow us to tell a story we care deeply about as horror fans and admirers of Tim Curry.

Our team would be sincerely grateful if you could help spread the word however possible. Everything about this new endeavor is ambitious, so we’re hoping that friends and family–including our extended family in the horror and film communities–can help us make this dream project a reality.

From digging into the historical and cultural phenomenon of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) to Tim Curry’s magical portrayal of Pennywise the Clown, to the impact Vancouver (aka “Hollywood North”) had on this special made-for-tv miniseries, our project aims to tell a story heard by few and showcase a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and photos seen by even fewer.

As you’ll learn from the Indiegogo campaign video and webpage, we’ve confirmed Tim’s involvement in this project as well as 20 other cast and crew–and the list continues to grow. This is going to be a special film for horror fans the world over.

(Via Geek Tyrant)