Fear of a clown

Is the child-eating trailer for Stephen King’s “It” scary enough for you?

Stephen King’s mammoth horror novel It is a crazed beast of a book that clocks in at over 1,000 pages and involves the exploits of a jovial shapeshifting child-butchering clown.

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Though it was turned into a comparatively subdued television miniseries in 1990 (starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown), it’s now getting the full Hollywood movie treatment, and time will tell how close the end result hews to its unusually brutal source material.

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Released today, the first trailer gives you the first coppery taste of the film, and it’s a dizzying mosaic of pancake makeup, paper boats, fangs, terrified kids, and good-old fashioned mordant terror.

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