Pennywise The Dancing Clown Has Roots in Vancouver

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Pennywise The Dancing Clown Has Roots in Vancouver

If you weren’t a fan of clowns before, then this year’s creepy horror movie IT must have added to your Coulrophobia. Chapter One of the two-part planned duology has left the masses wary of red balloons and terrified of clowns.

The movie filmed around Ontario last summer and was released this September.

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But did you know that Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the whole Loser’s Club have roots in Vancouver?

The original adaptation of IT, the Stephen King novel, was a two-part miniseries in the early 90’s which filmed right here in Hollywood North. The two-night four-hour miniseries aired on ABC on November 18 and 20, 1990 and drew in around 30 million viewers total.

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Photo: Warner Bros

The supernatural horror flick filmed in Vancouver for three months starting in May 1990 with a budget of $12 million (Newsbank).

Filming around Metro Vancouver included Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby as well as New Westminster. Filming locations included: Stanley Park, Buntzen Lake, Beaver Lake, St. Thomas Aquinas High School Convent and Paramount Theatre. The Heritage Village Museum in Burnaby was used for Pennywise in the photo album while Beverly Marsh’s house was in East Vancouver.

The cast of The Losers Club has some recognizable faces:

  • Richard Thomas & Jonathan Brandis as Bill
  • John Ritter & Brandon Crane as Ben
  • Annette O’Toole & Emily Perkins as Beverly
  • Harry Anderson and Seth Green as Richie
  • Dennis Christopher and Adam Faraizl as Eddie
  • Tim Reid and marlon Taylor as Mike
  • Richard Masure and Ben Heller as Stanley
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Photo: Warner Bros / IMDb

Meanwhile Pennywise the Dancing Clown was played by Tim Curry and the other forms of It were played by Steve Makaj and Florence Paterson.

Did you know?

  • IT (1986), the novel by Stephen King was set in 1957/58 and 27 years later in 1984/85
  • IT (1990), the two-part miniseries was set in 1960 and 30 years later in 1990
  • IT: Chapter One (2017), was set in 1988/89
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