Even Stephen King was terrified by this scene in IT

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Sep 18, 2017

SPOILER WARNING: Minor spoiler for Stephen King's It below!

What scares Stephen King? You might assume the master of horror doesn't get scared, since he usually dishes out the scares. But there was one scene in It that got to him.

According to producer Barbara Muschietti, the scene with the swirly, deformed painting of the woman really stuck out in King's mind. Muschietti told Collider, "Stephen King, the first email he sent to Andy when he had seen the movie, he said, 'I f**king love the woman in the painting, it scared the s**t out of me.'"

Muschietti says the painting came from her brother (and director) Andy's childhood, and that it's also referenced in one the siblings' previous films, Mama. "Our mom had a print of a Modigliani painting at home, and actually there’s a bit of a precedence in Mama there; Mama looks very Modigliani-esque. It was something that terrified Andy always, that print, and here you see it in the form of Judith. Judith is that fear for Andy."

It continues to dominate at the box office. In its second week of release, It has taken in almost $400 million worldwide. That's the largest September opening ever; the second-highest grossing R-rated horror film ever; and the highest-grossing Stephen King film ever. Already.

What did you think of the painting in the film? Were you as scared as King?

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