In Stephen King’s It, Pennywise the Dancing Clown emerges from the sewers every 27 years to terrify children, kill them, and feast on their fears and flesh. Well, by a spooky coincidence, Pennywise returned to the real world on the exact same schedule.

King’s novel came out in 1986, but the first adaptation, a TV miniseries starring Tim Curry as the evil clown, premiered in 1990. The big screen remake, It, premiered in 2017. For the math-challenged among us, that’s 27 years later.

This wasn’t planned. The It movie has been in the works for a long time, and there have been several delays and a change of directors that pushed it back. It all worked out in the end, though, as those delays allowed for this eerie synchronicity.

There is going to be a second It movie, one that’s based on the second encounter the Losers’ Club has with Pennywise — as adults, 27 years later. The first movie set up the sequel nicely, but the film doesn’t have a premiere date yet. Hopefully, it’s not 27 years from now, as fitting as that might be. Does anybody really want to wait that long?


It is now in theaters.

See also: Inverse’s Review of It

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