As one might imagine, the two movies based on Stephen King’s IT are full of blood and death, and here’s everyone who didn’t make it out alive. While it’s a decidedly morbid thought, death is the one thing that truly unites all people. Everyone dies eventually, but if one is lucky, that day comes at a very old age and with loved ones at their bedside. In the world of Stephen King, death often comes at the hands of a vampire, or an alien, or of course, a shape-shifting monster that’s usually in the form of a clown named Pennywise.
Of all the fictional locales featured in King’s novels and short stories, Derry, Maine is near the top of the list of places no one should ever want to visit. Anyone who crosses its borders is a potential Pennywise casualty. While the clown usually targets kids, he doesn’t always, as seen with Adrian Mellon. ITs malevolent influence over Derry is also strong enough to sometimes ruin or end lives simply by proxy.
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Presented below is a round-up of every character that meets their maker during IT Chapter One and IT Chapter Two. Only deaths confirmed onscreen are being counted, and only characters that died during the timeline of the films are eligible. That means people like Mike Hanlon’s parents and Beverly Marsh’s dad are ineligible to be counted, as the former pair dies before the first film, and the latter dies between movies.
Georgie Denborough (Jackson Robert Scott)
Georgie Denborough, little brother of Losers’ Club leader Bill Denborough, is easily IT‘s most famous Pennywise kill, in both the novel and its adaptations. Georgie is such an innocent little boy, and he definitely doesn’t deserve the horrible fate of getting his arm torn off and eaten – the latter thankfully offscreen – by Derry’s resident monster. Georgie’s death ended up being a signature scene for both Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries and Bill Skarsgard in the movies, allowing the versatile actors to show off their take on Pennywise. For his part, Jackson Robert Scott is quite likable as Georgie, which he would later contrast with his villainous role in The Prodigy, although he does get to be evil occasionally when IT taunts Bill as Georgie.
Betty Ripsom (Katie Lunman)
While Betty Ripsom’s death at IT’s hands isn’t seen onscreen, it’s made abundantly clear that she died, with the Losers first finding her shoe in the sewer, and Pennywise using her form to terrify them later. From the looks of it, IT ripped poor Betty in half before eating her, which is indeed a really IT thing to do. Thankfully, her death is effectively avenged when the Losers’ Club finally kills IT for good, but if King’s other books are any indication, IT isn’t as dead as they hoped. Oddly, Lunman actually appears as a different background character in IT Chapter Two, which some fans have noticed and been puzzled by.
Patrick Hockstetter (Owen Teague)
While Georgie Denborough and Betty Ripsom were innocent IT victims, Patrick Hockstetter was the complete opposite. He was a sadistic pyromaniac eager to literally kill the Losers alongside the equally psychopathic Henry Bowers. When Patrick gets eaten by IT after the creature appears as rotting zombies in the sewer, it’s just one source of evil getting snuffed out by an even bigger bad. Patrick is actually much worse in King’s book, murdering his baby brother, and generally being more dangerous than Henry himself. Unfortunately, he was mostly wasted in the movies, getting killed off before really doing much damage.
Oscar “Butch” Bowers (Stuart Hughes)
There’s certainly no excuse for the heinous acts that merciless bully Henry Bowers commits in IT and IT Chapter Two – and like Patrick, he’s much worse in the book – but after meeting his father Oscar “Butch” Bowers, one can’t help but understand his psychology just a tad bit more. Butch is a physically and emotionally abusive dad, and also a cop, meaning Henry never really knows when he might be lurking around Derry ready to witness anything untoward Henry does. It’s arguable he didn’t deserved to be stabbed through the neck by his son at Pennywise’s urging, but at the same time, no one watching would ever be inclined to feel sorry for a man that despicable. In the book he’s also a quite virulent racist, a trait Henry shares.
Reginald “Belch” Huggins (Jake Sim)
When one is named Reginald and fancies themselves a bully and not the one being bullied, it makes perfect sense that Mr. Huggins decided to go by the “Belch” nickname. Belch, while certainly culpable for his own actions, generally follows Henry’s lead. He doesn’t get much to do in IT 2017, and actually gets killed off in a deleted scene. In the normal cut, he just kind of vanishes from the movie, but in the deleted scene, he’s shown having been killed by Henry around the time he killed his dad under IT’s influence. Considering Belch never appears again in either movie, it seems clear his death at Henry’s hands is intended to be canon.
Victor “Vic” Criss (Logan Thompson)
Victor “Vic” Criss, the other main member of Henry Bowers’ gang of bullies, also doesn’t get much to do in IT 2017, and ends up dying in the same way as Belch. That same deleted scene described above also sees Henry, with the knife gifted to him by IT, having slaughtered Victor in a rather gory fashion. It’s a bit baffling as to why this short scene was cut, outside of just wanting to chop the film’s length down a small amount. Henry killing his abusive father is one thing, but murdering his friends is a different story, and really sells just how insane IT’s influence has made him. The scene makes Henry seem much more dangerous overall, and should really have been retained in the final cut.
Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan)
While the 1990 IT miniseries didn’t touch it, IT Chapter Two opted to adapt one of the most harrowing sequences in the book, involving the homophobic hate crime perpetrated against Adrian Mellon and – to a lesser extent – his partner Don Hagarty. The two are first beaten by a gang of thugs, then Adrian is tossed off a bridge. As if the poor guy hadn’t gotten enough, Pennywise then eats him. It’s made much clearer in the book, but the attack on Adrian is spurred on by IT’s malevolent influence over Derry, which amplifies the worst qualities in many of the town’s residents. It’s a scene that’s very hard to watch, but many would argue the brutality involved was necessary to truly convey the horror of what happened.
Stan Uris (Wyatt Oleff & Andy Bean)
The first member of the Losers’ Club to meet their demise, Stan is driven to suicide by his memories of facing off with Pennywise as a child. At least that’s how it’s explained in the book. IT Chapter Two makes the regrettable choice to have Stan make the deliberate, thought out in advance decision to kill himself, feeling that he would be a burden during the adult Losers battle with IT. It’s a plot turn that’s been criticized by many people, and deservedly so, as making suicide the responsible choice in Stan’s mind instead of just having fear drive him over the edge completely changes the dynamic of his character, and by extension all the adult Losers in relation to him.
Victoria “Vicky” Fuller (Ryan Kiera Armstrong)
The saddest death in IT Chapter Two belongs to a little girl named Victoria “Vicky” Fuller, who is watching a local baseball game with her mother before being lured away by Pennywise’s voice. She at first has the logical reaction of being scared by Pennywise, until the monster clown pulls on her heartstrings by saying he has no friends due to the way he looks, which resonates with Vicky, as she has a large birthmark on her face. While it’s an oddly touching scene due to her compassion, Pennywise ends it by doing what he does, taking a bite out of the child. Poor kid.
John Koontz (John Connon)
In all versions of IT, after Henry Bowers gets falsely blamed for all of IT’s child murders, he’s sent to spend the rest of his life at the Juniper Hill mental asylum. That is until IT shows up to help him escape, planning to use Henry as an additional line of defense against the returning Losers’ Club. In IT Chapter Two, IT uses the form of Patrick Hockstetter’s corpse to get Henry’s attention, while in the miniseries it’s Belch, and the book it’s Victor. On the way out, Henry murders an asylum guard named John Koontz, who the book establishes as an abusive monster. He slices his throat, but in the book, IT turned into a giant doberman, to capitalize on Koontz’s fear of dogs. In a nice touch, this Koontz is seen watching a dog video shortly before his death.
Dean the Skateboard Kid (Luke Roessler)
In an IT Chapter Two scene mostly taken from the book, Bill runs into Dean, a boy riding a skateboard through Derry, and learns that Dean has been hearing voices from the sewer. While Dean’s equivalent survives Stephen King’s novel, he most definitely doesn’t survive the movie, being trapped inside a funhouse hall of mirrors with Pennywise, who makes a meal out of him in bloody, upsetting fashion. To make matters worse, Bill, who had been trying to save Dean, was forced to watch the kid die, after being scared out of his mind by Pennywise. Dean’s death serves as the catalyst for the Losers’ Club to take the fight back to IT as a united front.
Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton & Teach Grant)
Now equipped with a 1980s mullet, Henry Bowers remained the main human antagonist of IT 2017, just as he was in the book and 1990 miniseries, although his racism from the latter two is played down considerably in the movies. Just as before, Henry escapes Juniper Hill with the help of IT, then heads back to Derry to kill him some Losers. In IT Chapter Two, he slashes up Eddie’s face, then later almost kills Mike, before being taken out via axe by Richie. While seeing Henry die is no cause for tears, it’s worth remembering that the primary reason he ended up so wild and violent is the harsh “discipline” dished out toward him by father Butch.
Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer & James Ransone)
The second and final member of the Losers’ Club to die, Eddie Kaspbrak may have long since realized his asthma medicine was nothing more than a “gazebo,” but that doesn’t save him from IT’s wrath. The friendship between Richie and Eddie is made particularly memorable in IT Chapter Two, especially after the ending reveal that Richie had hidden romantic feelings toward his friend. That makes it all the sadder when Pennywise’s spider hybrid form stabs through Eddie’s chest with its long, sharp legs. Eddie gets a good line on the way out, and him dying is true to the book, but some fans wish director Andy Muschietti had opted to let Eddie live, even if it deviated from the text.
Pennywise/IT (Bill Skarsgard)
Of course, this look at the deaths in IT and IT Chapter Two wouldn’t be complete without the demise of the titular villain, who spends most of its time in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Granted, how he’s killed by the Losers’ Club in this version is kind of lame, as they basically talk IT to death, an odd way to defeat an ancient inter-dimensional monster with the ability to manipulate reality at will and take any form it desires. To be fair, it’s not like King’s book ending was particularly great, as the author himself even makes fun of during his cameo in the sequel. Still, while IT Chapter Two‘s conclusion may not contain an awful looking stop-motion spider, it remains somewhat of an anticlimax after how powerful IT had been repeatedly shown to be.
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