The Story of IT documentary trailer delves into a 1990 TV movie
More than three decades ago, Stephen KingThe Ancient Evil Entity Of Manifested From The Pages Of His Iconic 1986 Horror Novel This. Just four years after the novel’s release, ABC aired a two-part television miniseries that would rock horror fans for generations. Pennywise the Dancing Clown instantly became a haunted household name, thanks to the vision of the cast and crew of THIS. Now, as Pennywise is wont to do, the shape-shifting killer clown has returned once more in a documentary called Pennywise: The History of Computing which details the making of the miniseries, and BloodyDisgusting in the trailer.
Opening with dark shots of rain falling through trees, a stretch of field and an old bridge, the trailer takes fans back to the cursed places of Derry, Maine, the fictional town of King’s horrors. The shots are superimposed with the voices of the people directing the actors before shouting “Action!” On a plan of the screenplay title page. Richard Thomaswho embodied the famous ThisMain protagonist Bill Denbrough, can be heard discussing the lasting impact the miniseries has had on people since the 90s. as contributors to the documentary explain how Pennywise shook up pop culture and became a deep-seated part of fans’ psyches.
The trailer also addresses the controversy over the airing of something so sinister on television at the time, saying, “The advertisers were very nervous, it was a story of children in danger… we were innovating.” Fans even get a glimpse of exclusive footage and recordings from Tim Curry like Pennywise that the documentary offers.
In the early days of television horror, THIS director Tommy Lee Wallace paved the way for shows like american horror story and stranger things. Pennywise: The History of Computing provides an in-depth look at the process it took to bring King’s visceral story to television, and how it changed the game for the genre. Co-directed by longtime horror fans and documentarians, John Campopiano (Unearthed and Unknown: The Path to Pet Sematary) and Christopher Griffiths (Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II), the documentary offers fans exclusive interviews with the original cast and crew and “features a wealth of archival material and never-before-seen footage.” It premiered at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain before premiering at Panic Fest in the United States this year, although the documentary took “several years in the making”. The release follows a revival of Pennywise after the two-part remake of This realized by Andy Muschiettiand featuring Bill Skarsgard.
The documentary is written by co-director Campopiano and producer, smart gary, with executive producers Fuzz on the Lens Productions’ BradyWilliam Gorman and Laurance Gornall. The documentary will feature interviews with Wallace and Thomas, as well as a special effects artist Bart Mixon, seth green (buffy the vampire slayer), Emily Perkins (Ginger biscuits), Tim Reid (sister, sister), and the man, the myth, the legend himself – Curry.
Pennywise: The History of Computing will be released in select theaters from July 8 before streaming, including platforms like Amazon Prime, Apple, and BloodyDisgusting’s streaming service Screambox on July 26. Watch the trailer below: