Although the movie IT has managed to break box office records from presale to ticket window, there remains a question about whether its success would have been so dominating had one controversial scene in the novel remained in the film.
In the famous Stephen King novel, the young heroine Beverly Marsh of the Loser’s Club, in order to keep the group connected has sex with all the teenage members, a detail missing from both the 1990 miniseries and the recent film adaptation.
In 2013, King explained more about the scene in the book saying:
“Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.”
In an interview for Vulture earlier this month King didn’t denounce his work or the above statement, instead, he points out something about society’s obsession with the controversial and what they prioritize as acceptable in entertainment.
“That sounds like my statement.” He said in regards to his 2013 answer. He adds, “To it I’d just add that it’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.”
As anyone in Hollywood or the movie-going public knows, there are just some things that are too taboo to include in a mainstream film. One of those is children having sex. However, the abuse Beverly experiences at home at the hands of her father remains ambiguously intact.
Obviously, in the book, words have a better way of explaining exactly why Beverly would do such a deed, something that may not have transferred to film in the way it was intended.
In 2004, The Butterfly Effect tried to approach the subject, and it was disturbing indeed. A father forces kids in the neighborhood to have sex on video. That movie didn’t see the success IT has, but that scene remains one of the most uncomfortable mainstream horror movies developments to date.