With Stephen King’s IT being fast-forwarded to the ‘80s by Andy Muschietti, the fandom’s creative license has gotten totally tubular.
While we mostly see Pennywise in his clown form in both the 1990 miniseries and Muschietti’s remake — which is terrifying enough — he does have the supernatural ability to morph into whatever terrifies the beholder. YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended just reversed that. In their latest video, How IT Should Have Ended (see what they did there?), the members of the Losers’ Club realize they have the power to send whatever retro superheroes they idolize the most to take down the clown.
Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King Kong, and the Ghostbusters come to the rescue as the kids realize that Pennywise feeds off their fears and instead imagine who they would have wanted to swoop in the most. That punch in the greasepainted face he gets from Batman is priceless. Then you have mean green Turtle Power throwing punches, nunchucks and ‘80s slang at the monster, followed by a crunch from King Kong’s fist and a Ghostbuster emergency run. Because when you’ve got a demon or something like it, who ya gonna call?
Just as the kids’ fears became tangible in the ghastly forms that IT took, their heroes become real in the fight against this malevolent entity from the Macroverse. As Batman says, “I’m real when it’s useful.”
You also just have to watch the post-credits scene, which shows Bill and Richie faced with three creepy doors in the infamous Neibolt St. house, labeled Not Scary, Scary, and Very Scary in blood. This seems like an easier decision than anything on The Price Is Right, but let’s just say that encountering something from the future could be the ultimate horror.
Extra points for the VHS fast-forward moments. That’s speaking the language of ‘80s kids everywhere.